We are a discussion group for fiction and non-fiction books meeting monthly at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public Library.  This website is a forum for members to share their interest, knowledge, and opinions about books in-between meetings.

January 29  “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories” by Alice Munro

Tuesday, February 17    party  6:30 to 8:30

February 26  “The Green House” by Mario Vargas Llosa

March 26  “The Human Age” by Diane Ackerman

April 30  “Americanah” by C. Ngozi Adichie

May 28  “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz

June 25  “The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman

July 30  “House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family”                       by Paul Fisher

August 27  “An Unnecessary Woman” by Rabih Alameddine

September 24  “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia                                     Marquez

October 29  “American Tabloid” by James Ellroy

November 19  “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks

December 17   program to be determined


January 28  “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver

February 28  “Leaving Time” by Judy Picoult

March 31  “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

April 28  “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood


3 thoughts on “Home”

  1. I think my comment is thanks, and don’t have a spam folder that I
    know of…not sure I understood comment about “gender” phobia
    in East of Eden

    1. Hi Marti,
      Thank you for your question. You mean my comment during the meeting, I think. The book is now back at the library, so I can’t give you the exact quote. In my notes, on page 277, the narrator’s sister, Mary, wants to be a boy which I interpreted as meaning lesbian or transgender. This is until uncle Will Hamilton says he likes her as a girl, then she says she is happy to be a girl. This implies a choice in gender identification, since she is able to change from wanting to be a girl to wanting to be a boy, instantly. When I brought this up in the group, I was waiting for confirmation from others who may have had a similar interpretation and no one said anything so I could be wrong. There is another passage on page 280 about how men who liked poetry were treated; with contempt, suspicion, and being ostracized, since this was outside the normal gender role for men. Steinbeck is merely reporting it and not approving or disapproving. These two passages are quite minor in the 600 pages and I think it is safe to say that in the times of story, and the time that the story was written, the views on gender were considerably different than they are today.

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