Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

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

Susan Sontag Essays

At our May meeting we will discuss a book of Susan Sontag essays selected by Mark Jensen: Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays, originally published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1966.

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Burk’s Pre-Discussion Comments about Warmth of Other Suns

Burk provides the following pre-discussion comments about his selection, Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, originally published by Random House in 2010. ———— WHY DID I SELECT “THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS?” … Continue reading

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Warmth of Other Suns

In April we will discuss a book selected by Burk, Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, originally published by Random House in 2010.

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Notre-Dame de Paris

In March we will discuss a French gothic novel selected by Van Perdue, Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, originally published in French in 1831. English translations often use the title, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

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Burk’s Reaction to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Our East Coast Member, Burk Ketcham, sent his reactions to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn via email, and I attach his comments here: Just finished  A Tree… and enjoyed the story. Both my parents and Helen’s parents grew up in … Continue reading

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Imagine Me Gone

In February we will discuss a book selected by Bill Hagens. Bill provides the following information about his selection: TRMBC February Book 2021   Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, Little, Brown  2016) “… quiet and compassionate saga of a … Continue reading

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Why A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

To start the new year we will be discussing a book selected by me, Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, originally published by Harper in 1943. So why did I choose this book? What follows are a few comments … Continue reading

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Bickerton’s Niche Theory of Human Language Origins

Derek Bickerton, Adam’s Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans, 2009. All page numbers in this commentary come from the Kindle edition. Just-So Stories As he admits at several locations in the book, Bickerton’s theory of language origins … Continue reading

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Underland

Our December book selection comes from member David Gilmour, Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. Norton, 2019.

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Adam’s Tongue by Derek Bickerton

At our November meeting we will discuss a selection recommended by Jim Clifford, Derek Bickerton, Adam’s Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans, Hill and Wang; 1st Edition (March 17, 2009).

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