Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.

All That Is

At our September meeting we will discuss a book selected by Ron Powers: James Salter, All That Is, 290 pp. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.   Ron provides the following pre-discussion information about his selection ————————————————— Gentlemen,   For our discussion … Continue reading

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King Hereafter: Dorothy Dunnett’s Writing Style

Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982. As a post discussion commentary about my 2019 Summer Read book selection, King Hereafter, I offer here a few of my impressions about the writing style of … Continue reading

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King Hereafter: Character Notes

Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982. One of the challenges faced by readers of King Hereafter is that there are more than 200 named characters. And Dunnett does not make it easy for … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Dorothy Dunnett’s King Hereafter

This summer our group is going to read a historical novel suggested by me: Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982. Currently available in both paperback and ebook editions. Here are a few comments … Continue reading

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The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius by Brent Willock

At our June meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Stirling Smith: Brent Willock, The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius:Science Transforms our Comprehension of Reeva Steenkamp’s Shocking Death, Torchflame Books (May 8, 2018).

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The Perfect Weapon

In May we will discuss a book selected by Sid Whaley: David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age,  Crown (June 19, 2018).

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Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

At our April 2019 meeting we will discuss the following book suggested by Van Perdue: Armor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel, Viking; 1 edition (September 6, 2016).

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Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary

At our March meeting we will discuss a book selected by David Gilmour: Yoko Tawada, The Emissary, Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani 138 pages. New Directions, Winner of 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature.

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February Selection: The Perfect Nanny

At our February meeting we will discuss a selection by Peter Farnum: Leila Slimani, The Perfect Nanny: A Novel, original French title Chanson douce published in 2016, English translation by Sam Taylor published by Penguin Books, 2018.

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Funny Things Happen when a Modern Utopia meets Human Nature

H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, originally published in 1905, page numbers and quotes in this commentary are from Penguin Classics Edition, 2005. This book uses somewhat complex points of view and plot structures such that it could probably be aptly … Continue reading

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