Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring thought-provoking novels and non-fiction
Books and Bites Winter/Spring Schedule
News of the World by Paulette Giles; presented by Barbara Hauser;
Thursday, February 11; 10:30 a.m. to noon
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction and newly released film starring Tom Hanks;
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman; presented by Beth Kramer:
Thursday, April 15; 10:30 a.m. to noon
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Rachel Calof’s Story by Rachel Calof and J. Sanford Rikoon
Wednesday, June 2; 10:30 a.m. to noon
We will be joined by Elizabeth Jameson, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Calgary, who specializes in the Social History of the US West and Western Women, wrote the Introduction to this memoir and is Janet Berger’s cousin.
In 1894, eighteen-year-old Rachel Bella Kahn travelled from Russia to the United States for an arranged marriage to Abraham Calof. Rachel Calof’s Story recounts aspects of her childhood and teenage years in a Jewish shtetl in Russia, but focuses largely on her life between 1894 and 1904, when she and her husband carved out a life as Jewish homesteaders in North Dakota.