The UJC Bookhers will meet on Wednesday, 25th March at 7:30 PM in the Rabbi’s flat. We’ll be discussing:
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage: The Selected Stories of Bette Howland AND Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage restores to the literary canon an extraordinarily gifted writer, who was recognized as a major talent before all but disappearing from public view for decades, until nearly the end of her life. Bette Howland herself was an outsider – an intellectual from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago; a divorcée and single mother, to the disapproval of her family; an artist chipped away at by poverty and perfection. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage introduces a new generation of readers to a wry, brilliant observer and a writer of great empathy and sly, joyous humor.
Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but in Sapiens Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with a highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
To help us plan, please RSVP to The UJC office by Tuesday, 24th March.