The Humanities and the Professions Reading and Discussion Group was formed following NCG's 1987 Annual Meeting and uses great literary texts to examine complex social and moral dilemmas. NCG book club members meet approximately five times a year for a facilitated discussion and the opportunity to engage with one another through a shared love of literature.
Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings by Stephen O' Connor
“The most revolutionary reimagining of Jefferson’s life ever. . .what a dazzling experience this book is for the intrepid reader. . . O’Connor’s deeply humane treatment of Sally, whose actual thoughts will never be known to us, is the novel’s most haunting accomplishment. Ultimately, this is a book in vigorous debate with itself, as strange and contradictory as the author of the Declaration of Independence. With its magically engineered collection of fiction, history, and fantasy, and particularly with its own capacious spirit, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings doesn’t just knock Jefferson off his pedestal, it blows us over, too, shatters the whole sinner-saint debate and clears out new room to reconsider these two impossibly different people who once gave birth to the United States. It’s heartbreaking. It’s cathartic. It’s utterly brilliant.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Who Can Attend
Attendance is restricted to NCG members, with a maximum capacity of 10 members per session. Please call 415.777.4111 ext 15 for additional information.
Register Now—Space is Limited!
Book Group fees are available at an annual or drop–in rate, please choose from the drop down menu on the right, before clicking the "Register Now" button. The annual fee allows a member to attend five book club sessions per year with an option for a sixth session at the discretion of the group. Members are also invited to attend a single session at the drop-in rate.
Fee includes professional facilitator and complementary beverages. Participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch.
Annual Member Fee: $75
Drop-In Fee: $35
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