Boston’s December Girly Book Club
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Book Exchange As it’s such a short amount of time between our November & December meetings, reading the December book is optional, we will create groups for people who have read and want to discuss and others for just general book club socializing. As we have done the last 2 years December book club will have a Book Exchange! We ask everyone to please bring a wrapped book – your favorite of the year, a classic you love, a can’t miss read you want everyone to know about – can be new or gently used (try going to More Than Words for amazing second hand books and a great cause!) just make sure to include a note on the book giving a very brief clue regarding what it’s about, don’t give it away with the title and author or a full synopsis, just a simple sentence or two to pique everyone’s interest! Everyone who brings a book will leave with a new one to take home! We love and look forward to this event every year and hope you will too!
New Member Induction at 6:30 PM
We’re happy to have you! New members are always welcome at every meeting, but this month we will be holding a new member induction! If it’s your first time at book club, join us at 6:30 PM where our friendly, approachable host will welcome you into our meeting with a gracious hello and introduce you to fellow GBC members, so you’ll be making friends quickly!
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in The Lifecycle of Software Objects, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: Omphalos and Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom.
In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion
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