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Feb
10
Sun
Brown Book Club: “A Gentleman in Moscow” @ TBD
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 10 to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (fiction, 462 pp,  2016). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 8 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“A Gentleman in Moscow is the utterly entertaining second novel from the author of Rules of Civility. Amor Towles skillfully transports us to The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. It’s also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks, and meets Nina. Nina is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life. Despite being confined to the hallway of the hotel, the Count lives an absorbing, adventure-filled existence, filled with capers, conspiracies and culture. Alexander Rostov is a character for the ages–like Kay Thompson’s Eloise and Wes Anderson’s M. Gustav, he is unflinchingly (and hilariously for readers) devoted to his station, even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism. Towles magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters that call it home.” –Al Woodworth, The Amazon Book Review

Feb
11
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

Mar
10
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” @ TBD
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 10 to discuss Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt (fiction, 367 pp,  2012). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, March 8 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE 2013 BYThe Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal

“1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.” –Amazon Book Reviews

Mar
18
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

Apr
14
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Kitchen Confidential” @ TBD
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 14 to discuss Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (nonfiction, 312 pp, 2000). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, April 12 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)

“The kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.” (USA Today)

“Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory.” (USA Today)

“A gonzo memoir of whats really going on behind those swinging doors…. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.” (Newsweek)

“Bourdain’s prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York Magazine)

Apr
15
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

May
19
Sun
Brown Book Club: “The Gift of Rain” @ TBD
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 19 to discuss The Gift of Rain by Tan Tan Eng (fiction, 430 pp, 2008). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

We previously read Eng’s The Garden of the Evening Mists. 

“The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community – it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 – Tan Twan Eng’s debut novel casts a powerful spell and has garnered comparisons to celebrated wartime storytellers Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

In 1939, sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton-the half-Chinese, half-English youngest
child of the head of one of Penang’s great trading families-feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities. He at last discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island, and in return Endo teaches him about Japanese language and culture and trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. When the Japanese savagely invade Malaya, Philip realizes that his mentor and sensei-to whom he owes absolute loyalty-is a Japanese spy. Young Philip has been an unwitting traitor, and must now work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is brought to its knees.” — Amazon Book Reviews

May
20
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

Jun
9
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Less” @ TBD
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 9 to discuss Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less (fiction, 272 pp, 2017). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, June 7 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.” — Amazon Book Review

Jun
17
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

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