January 2019 Book Club: “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States”

On Wednesday, January 30, fifteen members of the book club met to discuss Sarah Vowell’s rollicking retelling of the American Revolution, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. This selection is perfect for anyone who appreciates a fresh look at traditional historical narratives. Vowell’s art history background made for unique, entertaining reflections on France’s crucial role in…

December 2018 Book Club: “Walden”

On Thursday, January 3rd, thirteen members of the book club met to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau, our December 2018 selection, rounding out our Fall 2018 Series. I tend to strategically assign one of our classics for our December meetings, and Walden proved the perfect opportunity for members to reflect on simple living and the socio-political environment that…

October 2018 Book Club: “The Dispossessed”

On Monday, October 30 the book club met to discuss Ursula K Le Guin’s beloved work of science fiction The Dispossessed. This novel kept appearing on our biannual recommendation lists, but only this year was voted into our series. DC PBK definitely adores the science fiction genre! The Dispossessed, though clearly a commentary at least in part on the…

September 2018 Event Recap: National Book Festival

On Saturday September 1, seven members of the book club met in downtown DC for breakfast followed by a trip to the National Book Festival at the Convention Center. Speakers included the author of our September selection The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantu, Madeline Albright, and Tara Westover, author of Educated, recommended by former President Obama as a…

August 2018 Book Club: “The Power”

On Tuesday, August 28, eighteen members of the book club met to discuss Naomi Alderman’s The Power. This work of speculative fiction portrays a contemporary world where women are suddenly afforded the physical upper hand over men, via an ability to generate and wield electricity. The novel follows the trajectories of four women and one man…