Book Discussion Group (via ZOOM)

BOOK GROUP – Talking to Strangers
Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 28th  at 7:30 PM
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Emerson’s non-fiction selection for our September 28th meeting is Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. Published in September 2019 and met with at best mixed critical reviews, Gladwell continues his observations and explanations of human social behaviors. Talking to Strangers is certainly a timely subject and should produce a lively discussion.

Our fiction selection for October 26th is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings, the story of the fictional Ana, a young, wealthy, and well-educated Jewish would-be writer, living in first century Galilee, who just happens to fall in love and marry Jesus. But the story is Ana’s, and Kidd has compellingly re-imagined the possibility of such a woman living at that time. Hmm.

Questions?  818-621-9628

The Emerson Book Discussion Group provides an opportunity for readers of all ages and interests to participate in the selection and discussion of fiction and nonfiction books of all genres. The wide variety of choices that emerge from our democratic process challenges us to encounter and consider thoughts and ideas outside our usual reading comfort zones as well as to share our own preferences. Our lively but respectful discussions help us to practice our commitment to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Sharing reading experiences, especially fiction, serves to exercise our capacity for empathy, justice, compassion, and the worth and dignity of every person. Our “secular” curriculum is attractive to new and prospective members and visitors who share common reading interests. Participation is without restriction or commitment with regard to attendance or reading. Our meetings are both challenging and pleasurable.
Emerson’s Book Group welcomes all readers to our monthly discussions. Participants choose the books. We alternate fiction and nonfiction monthly and enjoy the challenge of both reading outside our personal comfort zone and considering the variety of responses offered in our enthusiastic and respectful setting. All are welcome to attend.

Emerson Book Group meets to discuss fiction and nonfiction books selected by participants. We welcome all readers, members new and old and visitors, who wish to participate (by listening and/or speaking) in our discussions and upcoming book selection choices.

  • Meets once monthly, usually on the fourth Tuesday at 7:30 PM in the Pavilion.
  • Alternates fiction/nonfiction selections monthly.
  • Selects reads nominated by participants and chosen democratically.
  • Requires no commitment with regard to regular attendance or reading.
  • Is intended to be both challenging and pleasurable.

For more information, contact Louise Rovner (