The book for March and April will be "The City We Became," by N.K. Jemisin. What a ride this book is-- it's a fantasy novel in which New York City becomes alive, embodied in the form of human avatars.
In this novel, when a city becomes sentient, it also becomes susceptible to attack by an other-wordly being that does all it can to destroy the integrity, and the newly awakened avatars, of the city. With each borough of NYC embodied by a human avatar and another human becoming the whole of NYC, these individuals must figure out not only what is happening to them, but also how to find each other and how to prevent the obliteration of all that makes the city what it is.
The book for January/February of 2022 will be "Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class" by Jefferson Cowie.
As you can gather from the title, this book is a deep dive into the 1970s, particularly what was happening within and around the working class and organized labor. Jefferson Cowie is a social and political historian, a professor of history, and author of several books and numerous essays and articles. His book "Stayin' Alive" looks at what was happening politically, socially, and economically while also considering popular culture and how it presented and influenced the popular mindset of the '70s. "Stayin' Alive" is an intriguing read and one that is sure to provide insight into how the labor movement became what it is today. This book is available in print, e-book, and audiobook.
The book for November and December will be a novel by Rivers Solomon entitled "Sorrowland."
Our upcoming book for September and October is "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore.
This book is an account of one of the most infamous instances of industrial poisoning in U.S. history. "The Radium Girls" introduces us to several women who worked in radium dial factories in the 1920s and tells us their stories. We learn about these women's experiences with the corporations who employed them and trained them to "lip-point" their paint brushes (and subsequently ingest radium) in order to get them to the finest point for painting watch dials. We also learn about their experiences with numerous doctors and lawyers as well as their communities at large and how they were perceived both before and after they began to fall ill from what we now know as radium poisoning.
The RENEW Book Club pick for July/ August
The RENEW Book Club pick for July/ August is "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," written by the poet Ocean Vuong. This book is a novel written in the format of a letter from a son to his mother who can't read or speak English. The letter is a collection of the son's memories from his life including personal experiences as well as recollections of stories told to him by his mother and grandmother.
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here is the selection for the months of May/ June!
Based on feedback from members, the RENEW Book club will be going to an every other month selection and meeting for the summer. With that said- here is the selection for the months of May/ June!
"Salt Fat Acid Heat" by Samin Nosrat! We're switching it up this month and heading into the kitchen. This book is all about the four elements that the author believes are the crucial components to consider when cooking. This book is approachable and interesting, and will prove useful for those who rarely cook as well at those who cook every day.
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