[Hac-announce] Update: April 2020 Book Discussion: "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett (Postponed from March) will be Online

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Sat Mar 28 18:15:24 EDT 2020

We plan to hold the book discussion 'virtually' (online) on April 18, so please keep it on your schedule. I will be sending out the instructions as soon as the platform for HAC events is determined. (I've had good experiences with Zoom recently but we need a paid subscription for events over 40 min.)
Stay tuned - and stay safe and well,Kevin & Paula
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Subject: April 2020 Book Discussion: "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett (Postponed from March) & Tentative Schedule

All - See below - March's book, Pillars of the Earth, is moved to April due to the "rest of the month" closure of the UU in Hamden.
With the coronavirus uncertainty, Paula & I have no idea at this point if our planned May Barge-and-Bike in the Netherlands/Belgium will happen. If it does not, we will have a book discussion in May and our schedule will be:
May 16: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Resa AslamJune 20: The Book of Separation: A Memoir by Tova MirvisJuly 18: Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich
(The last a potentially ironic title given the pandemic.....)
All this is subject to change based on closure and travel restrictions. I will update when we know more.

Our book for April is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The discussion will take place Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm in the Library of the Unitarian Society of New Haven at 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden.

>From Amazon:
ThePillars of the Earth tellsthe story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk drivento build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, themason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of thebeautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of astruggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brotheragainst brother.
“…[An]historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere, and memorablecharacterization. Beginning with a mystery that casts its shadow, the narrativeis a seesaw of tension, suspense, impeccable pacing . . . action, intrigue,violence, passion, greed, bravery, dedication, revenge, and love. A love thatentertains, instructs, and satisfies on a grand scale." —PublishersWeekly  “[M]y interest in philosophy stemmed from the agonizing conflict I hadover whether or not I believed in my parents' religion. In the end, Icompletely rejected it. I'm not a religious person. I'm an atheist. I ended upbeing the absolute opposite of my parents." –Ken Follett, Huffington Post interview, 2014 
Note: This is a long (almost 1,000 pages) book but it is a page turner, so start now and you will be able to easily get through it.
Light snacks will be served.   
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