Hearth Book Club

When:
July 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Where:
Blue Shirt Cafe
424 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
USA
Cost:
Free!
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After twenty-five readers responded to our Hearth Book Club Survey, we learned that the Hearth Community is evenly interested in fiction and non-fiction books about creativity, communication, individuality versus community, and vulnerability.

Based on your interests and suggestions, Hearth Ember Amy Beth Harrison and Board Member Nina Earley came up with books to read from January through June of 2017.

Take a look, buy a book (from your local bookstore), and join us for a book club discussion that actually talks about books every fourth Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 at Arts at the Armory.


January 2017: The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it For Life by Twyla Tharp
Hearth Book Club  Discussion on January 25 at 7:00 pm

One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird.All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.


February 2017: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Hearth Book Club Discussion on February 22 at 7:00 pm
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ( I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare ) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

March 2017: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Hearth Book Club Discussion on March 22 at 7:00 pm

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.


April 2017: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Hearth Book Club Discussion on April 26 at 7:00 pm

Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke’s life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.


May 2017: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Hearth Book Club Discussion on May 24 at 7:00 pm

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations.


June 2017: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Hearth Book Club Discussion on June 28 at 7:00 pm

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the strange jewels that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.


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2016 Reading List

  • January: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • February: The Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • March: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • April: In the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • May: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • June: He, She and It by Marge Piercy
  • July: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • August: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
  • September: 10:04 by Ben Lerner
  • October: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

2015 Reading List