Book Club II

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Fourth Friday Book Club to meet March 22

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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, a recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other awards, is the Fourth Friday Book Club’s selection for March. The setting is Appalachia in the early days of the opioid epidemic.

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Demon Copperhead, book cover

Fourth Friday Book Club to read 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison

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The Bluest Eye, published in 1970 and the first novel by Toni Morrison, is next up for UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club when it meets via Zoom on February 23. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

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Fourth Friday Book Club to welcome special guest Julie Schumacher

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.UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club discuss Dear Committee Members with special guest and New York Times bestselling author Julie Schumacher when it meets via Zoom on January 26.

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Julie Schumacher

Book Club II to meet December 1

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UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will discuss The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy when it meets on Friday, December 1. This is a departure from the usual fourth Friday meeting to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

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The memoirs of Frederick Douglass

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The Fourth Friday Book Club will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on October 27 to discuss the life and narrative of Frederick Douglass.

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The Portable Frederick Douglass, book cover

Fourth Friday Book Club to discuss classic short stories by Herman Melville

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We will discuss three famous short stories by Herman Melville. These classics are widely available. Even if we have studied them before, we will surely have new insights into these well-told tales by this great 19th-century American author.

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Great Short Works of Herman Melville

‘Beowulf’ is the FF Book Club selection for August 25

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UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club recently read the Epic of Gilgamesh translation by Stephen Mitchell. Next up, for the group’s August 25 meeting, is Beowulf. One of the only Old English works to survive, it is a powerful story of unwavering integrity, heroism, and honor

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‘Mrs. Dalloway’ is FF Book Club selection for July 14

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In a departure from its regular schedule, UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will be meeting on the THIRD Friday in July, to discuss Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway.

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Mrs. Gilgamesh by Virginia Woolf, book cover

‘Gilgamesh: A New English Version’ is FF Book Club selection for May

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Stephen Mitchell’s Gilgamesh: A New English Version, published in 2004, has been acclaimed by scholars and critics alike as a lithe, muscular rendering of the epic of Gilgamesh, first published 5,000 years ago.

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'Empire Falls' is Fourth Friday Book Club selection for April

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UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will meet April 28 to discuss Empire Falls by Richard Russo, winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a familiar story of shuttered factories, failed businesses, and a diminished civic and cultural community.

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Empire Falls, book cover

Fourth Friday Book Club to discuss Louise Erdrich’s debut novel

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Members of UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will discuss Minnesota-born author Louise Erdrich’s 1984 debut novel Love Medicine when they meet via Zoom in March. It is a story of love and survival, of the comic and the tragic.

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Love Medicine

Dystopian novel is FF Book Club selection for February

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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Orphan Master's Son is a dystopian novel set in North Korea that follows the misadventures of Jun Do, a North Korean everyman.

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‘Red Notice’ is FF Book Club pick for January meeting

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A well-told financial saga and crime thriller, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice is the compelling memoir of an accidental activist.

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Book Notes | ‘Being Mortal’

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"Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, inspired a spirited and sometimes somber discussion by members of UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club about end-of-life health challenges.

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Fourth Friday Book Club October meeting

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The 19th-century novel Notes from the Underground is the selection for the meeting of UMRA's Fourth Friday Book Club on October 28.

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Notes from the Underground, book cover