Harvard Book Club --Thursday January 24


The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Thursday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The selected book for our Thursday, December 13th meeting is "Homo Deus:  A Brief History of Tomorrow," by Yuval Noal Harari

We read Harari's "Sapiens" in 2018 and wanted to see what comes next.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.


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Other Books Recently Suggested:

"Grant" by Chernow

"Frederick Douglas"

Wendell Berry--unspecified

"Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart
"The Wingman" by David Pepper
"Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld

"Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi," by Amy-Jill Levine

"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

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

"Personal History," by Katharine Graham

"Plrknib," by Alex Bernstein--will try for spring 2019 when the author is in town

"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.
 



 

When:

Thursday, 01/24/19 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm | iCal

Where:

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

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December will be a non-fiction month.  We were thinking a collection of short stories.  If you have suggestions or other concerns, please contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net or 321 0967.