Harvard Book Club --Thursday October 25

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Thursday, October 25.

The book in PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee.

Thanks to the fourteen members who gathered to discuss Philip Roth's American Pastoral. It is great to have so many voices!

"Stunning...  Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative...

A compassionate, clear gaze at the chaotic landscape of life itself.

In this haunting epic tale, no one story seems too minor to be briefly illuminated.  Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen."―The New York Times Book Review

"In 1930s Korea, an earnest young woman, abandoned by the lover who has gotten her pregnant, enters into a marriage of convenience that will take her to a new life in Japan.  Thus begins Lee's luminous new novel PACHINKO -- a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world.  PACHINKO confirms Lee's place among our finest novelists."―Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and "This Is How You Lose Her"

"A deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan enduring and prospering through the 20th century."―David Mitchell, Guardian, New York Times bestselling author of "The Bone Clocks"

"Astounding.  The sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy applied to a 20th century Korean family in Japan.  Min Jin Lee's PACHINKO tackles all the stuff most good novels do-family, love, cabbage - but it also asks questions that have never been more timely. What does it mean to be part of a nation?  And what can one do to escape its tight, painful, familiar bonds?"―Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of "Little Failure" and "Super Sad True Love Story"

"Both for those who love Korea, as well as for those who know no more than Hyundai, Samsung and kimchi, this extraordinary book will prove a revelation of joy and heartbreak.  I could not stop turning the pages, and wished this most poignant of sagas would never end.  Min Jin Lee displays a tenderness and wisdom ideally matched to an unforgettable tale that she relates just perfectly."―Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "Korea:

A Walk through the Land of Miracles"

About the Author:

Min Jin Lee's debut novel, "Free Food for Millionaires," was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today.  Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts.  Her writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine.  Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely.  She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea.  She lives in New York with her family.

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Other Books Recently Suggested:

"Reconstruction:  Opposing Viewpoints," by Brenda Stalcup

"Denmark Vesey's Garden:  Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy," by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts

"Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption," by Bryan Stevenson

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marques

"100 Things to See in the Night Sky:  From Planets to Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing," by Dean Regas

"Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry," by William R. Meyers

"Personal History," by Katharine Graham

"Homo Deus:  A brief History of Tomorrow," by Yuval Noal Harari

"Plrknib," by Alex Bernstein

"The Red Tent," by Anita Diamant

"Commander in Chief:  FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943," by Nigel Hamilton

"The Mantle of Command," by Nigel Hamilton


Dear Book Club Members,

Fall has arrived and you are looking for something new for your nightstand?
One source is HLS grad Barry Obama who says, "This summer I've been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth,"
His recommended list:
-- "Educated" by Tara Westover, a memoir about a woman who leaves her survivalist Idaho roots behind;
-- "Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje, a post-World War II novel that Obama says is "a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family;"
-- "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, about a newlywed black attorney wrongly convicted of rape;
-- "Factfulness" a tome by Swedish academic Hans Rosling on the "secret silent miracle of human progress," and;
-- "A House for Mr. Biswas," considered to be the first, great novel by the late V.S. Naipaul.



Thursday, 10/25/18 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm | iCal


Bronte Cafe: Joseph Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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November will be a fiction month.  If you have suggestions or other concerns, please contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net or 321 0967.