Thoreau’s bicentennial

More wonderful stuff our Society members recommended, folks! This stash refers to our meetings in July and August 2017. It was Thoreau’s bicentennial, so here is a beautiful picture of Walden Pond, so close to us all in Lincoln (geographically and emotionally).


-“The Bostonians” by Henry James (Debbie)

– “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan (Jessica)

– “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles (Jessica)

– NOT recommended: “The Jane Austen Book Club” by Karen Joy Fowler (Daniela)

– “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Daniela)

– “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens (Daniela) – [Elizabeth’s favorite Dickens = Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities]

– “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman (Ariel)

– “Conclave” [Vatican thriller] by Robert Harris (Elizabeth)

-“The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin (Starr)

-“Black Mischief” by Evelyn Waugh (Graham)


– “The Boston Handbook” by John Powers and Peter Wallace (Debbie)

– “A City So Grand” (i.e., Boston) by Stephen Puleo (Jessica)

– “The Path” [Chinese philosophy] by Michael Pruitt (Jessica)

– “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For” by David McCollough (Judy)

– “What We’re Fighting For Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice” 1st Edition by Wen Stephenson (Jean)

– AUDIO BOOK with Michael Page, Narrator: “The Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North” by Robert Ferguson (Jean)

-“Lives of the Most Eminent Literary Men and Scientists” 19th century 10-volume work by Dionysius Lardner (….the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley) (Starr)

-“A Thief in the Night” [Vatican investigation] by John Cornwell (Elizabeth)

-“The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt

-“Mom and Me and Mom” by Maya Angelou (Starr)

-“The Clash of Civilization and the Making of the World Order” by Samuel Huntington (Tobey)

-“Cleopatra” by Duane Roller (Judy)

-“Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance (Starr)


Review of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls (Judy)


“The Bostonians” 1984 with Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Linda Hunt, and Christopher Reeve (Cathy)

“The Royal Scandal” 2001, based on Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story (Jean)

“A Man Called Ove” 2016 (Ariel)


“Bleak House” 2005 BBC Mini-Series (Cathy)


Debbie Alvarez conducts literary tours of Boston for Boston by Foot ( (The group discussed going on one of these tours together.)


The Thoreau Society – “Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering: Celebrating the Life, Works, and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau” (Elizabeth)


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