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.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
An Unnecessary Woman is a breathtaking portrait of one reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, which garnered a wave of rave reviews and love letters to Alameddine’s cranky yet charming septuagenarian protagonist, Aaliya, a character you “can’t help but love” (NPR). Aaliya’s insightful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and her volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left. Here, the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East and an enduring ode to literature and its power to define who we are. -Amazon
Who Can Attend
Attendance is restricted to NCG members, with a maximum capacity of 10 members per session. Please call 415-872-1020 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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