Food For Thought Book Group
Regular meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Library, and reading selections alternate between fiction and nonfiction. New members are always welcome. Stop by the Help Desk to pick up your copy of the next book.
Our book group is currently on vacation for the summer and will resume in the fall.
The Tangled Tree* by David Quammen
Wednesday, September 18th
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book. Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. “There’s no one who writes about complex science better than David Quammen. The Tangled Tree is at once fascinating, illuminating, and totally absorbing.”
-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Wednesday, October 16th
A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.
“The human elements of the book–the arcs his characters follow over the decades from crusading passion to muddled regret and a sense of failure–are thoroughly compelling. So are the extra-human elements, thanks to the extraordinary imaginative flights of Powers’s prose, which persuades you on the very first page that you’re hearing the voices of trees as they chide our species.”–Michael Upchurch
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Wednesday, November 20th
Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical–and sometimes devastating–breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics…Harari explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Participants provide their own copies. One print copy available at Waterbury Public Library, and the ebook available at https://gmlc.overdrive.com/. Other copies can be borrowed through our library consortium, Interlibrary Loan, or purchased. Library Book Group members can receive 15% off these titles at Bridgeside Books!