He-Men Reading Selection

September 22, 2020
Underland: A Deep Time Journey

by Robert Macfarlane

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and future.

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature,
October 27, 2020
by Mary Doria Russell

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just open
November 24, 2020
The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in. Ultimately he can’t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces—behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe—dete
December 22, 2020
It's time for a December book talk. Let's discuss what you have been reading other than the monthly Club selections.
January 26, 2021
The Huntress
by Kate Quinn

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

February 23, 2021
Midnight in Chernobyl
by Adam Higginbotham
March 23, 2021
Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
April 27, 2021
Cilka's Journey
by Heather Morris
May 25, 2021
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
by Ben Macintyre
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Our thing we decided right from day one was to meet at a local Brewery-Steele Street Brewing, 300 S. Steele St, Ionia, MI. We like to read, chat, think about what's going on with ourselves and the world around us and have some sustenance. So, what do we do when we are not able to do what we love; when the world is dealing with some pretty serious stuff that you could really use a good think and a chat about? 

The decision was made to take all of our meetings online until it is safe for everyone to meet back at the Brewery .  It obviously wasn't ideal and it wasn't going to be pretty. We are a diverse bunch representing all ages, backgrounds and, shall we say, levels of technical competence. But as much as we needed our monthly trip to the pub, we needed our support network and our monthly book chat even more. Since COVID-19 everyone has a favorite video conferencing platform - for us the easiest was ZOOM.   

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