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Allums' Morning Book Group


What’s Happening?

The Dallas Institute’s book groups have a long history and long list of contemporary novels read since 1998 that is climbing steadily toward 200 titles. Some, of course, have been more memorable than others, some have made surprising impacts on us, and a small few are perhaps best forgotten. Throughout our many discussions over the years, we have learned much about cultures and characters depicted by authors from around the world, and also about reading itself. True, reading is a solitary activity, but coming together in conversation, even online, is to participate in the joy of sharing ourselves in an atmosphere of civility and generosity. It’s a good place to be.

Februrary, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante’s writing has been described as “ferocious” and “explosive,” and she herself as one of the greatest novelists of our time. In The Lying Life of Adults, Ferrante illuminates the depths of youthful “soul-making,” to use poet John Keats’ phrase. How can we as “lying adults” not understand that we play key roles in that daily drama?

March, Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

April, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.

May, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

The Dallas Institute’s book groups have a long history and long list of contemporary novels read since 1998 that is climbing steadily toward 200 titles. Some, of course, have been more memorable than others, some have made surprising impacts on us, and a small few are perhaps best forgotten. Throughout our many discussions over the years, we have learned much about cultures and characters depicted by authors from around the world, and also about reading itself. True, reading is a solitary activity, but coming together in conversation, even online, is to participate in the joy of sharing ourselves in an atmosphere of civility and generosity. It’s a good place to be.

Februrary, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante’s writing has been described as “ferocious” and “explosive,” and she herself as one of the greatest novelists of our time. In The Lying Life of Adults, Ferrante illuminates the depths of youthful “soul-making,” to use poet John Keats’ phrase. How can we as “lying adults” not understand that we play key roles in that daily drama?

March, Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

April, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.

May, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

About The Organization
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities. The Dallas Institute accomplishes its mission through events, conferences, and general courses of study for our community, through professional programs for educators, and through publications. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture exists to care for the actual things of the urban world. In some instances, these things are visible—education, architecture, medicine, art, technology, money. Equally important are the invisible forms within which life takes place and has meaning—friendship, the soul, taste, imagination, community, intellectual life, ritual, leadership.
When & Where?
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 9:00am
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:30am
Every: Tue
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