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We’ve moved to Facebook!

The leaders of the Mavs Book Club have decided that Facebook works better for keeping group members up-to-date. We are leaving this here in case people want to look back at the old reading lists.

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July Meeting Cancelled, August TBA

Due to the effect of vacations on schedules in July, we have decided to cancel the July Meeting. We may pick a book to read for August, or we could meet and set the book schedule for the coming year. Or both!

Vote here on what kind of meeting you want in August, and nominate some books to read.


In preparation for the 2012 summer Olympics our next book discussion is about London!

It can be fiction or nonfiction, in any time period, about anything to do with London! Your choice! Visit the links under Big Ben to find some interesting readings. Also, check out the Library’s catalog for more options

Our next meeting is Friday, June 8, 12 noon, in University Club, Davis Hall.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Looking forward to hearing what you learned about London!

Author Interview

In 1897, New York was a town of many newspapers in which the New York World, the New York Journal, the New York Herald, the New York Post and more competed for the public eye.

Here is an NPR interview with The Murder of the Century author, Paul Collins.

Hope you enjoy the story about the tabloid wars and then join us for a discussion on May 11, 12pm, in the University Club.

Happy Reading!

The Children’s Book

The Children’s Book by Antonia Susan Byatt is the April selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at noon Friday, April 13, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

The story is about a children’s book author who discovers a runaway in the basement of a museum and takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends.

The club meets the second Friday of every month. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at

January 13 Discussion

For the January 13, discussion we will meet in the Connection Cafe, University Center, at 12noon.

We look forward to you joining us for lunch and a lively discussion. We will have a sign on our table so new members will be able to easily find us!

Also, here’s an interview with Julian Barnes discussing The Sense of an Ending.

Escaping Melodrama: Rethinking the Tuskegee and Guatemala Experiments

Interested in our next book, Bad Blood? Don’t miss the speaker coming to campus on Oct. 19.

Wed, Oct 19 at 7:00 p.m. Rosebud Auditorium in the University Center.

Susan M. Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Dr. Reverby has completed two books on what is referred to as the infamous “Tuskegee” Syphilis study (1932-72), the longest running non-therapeutic research study in U.S. history that involved the United States Public Health Service and more than 600 African American men in the counties surrounding Tuskegee, Alabama. The study has become a central metaphor for distrust of the health care system and as the key example of unethical research. In January of 2011, Dr. Reverby published a groundbreaking study about disturbing medical experiments conducted by the U.S. government in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948. In these experiments, the U.S. Public Health Service deliberately injected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners and soldiers with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin. Apart from garnering world wide coverage, Dr. Reverby’s revelations led to a public apology by President Barack Obama to President Colom of Guatemala and to the creation of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Cutting for Stone

Finally the weather has cooled off enough to allow us to meet on the Starbucks patio yesterday! Themes discussed were forgiveness, love, and family. We also made comparisons of Verghese’s work to that of Charles Dickens. We learned a lot about Ethiopia from the book. All in all, it was a lengthy book that could have benefited from some good editing, but it was fascinating and compelling and worth spending time with.

Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese talks about his literary influences and the inspiration for his bestselling novel, Cutting for Stone.

More about Peaceful Warrior and Neverwhere

If you want to know more about Dan Millman and his philosophy, check out his web site.

For a thought-provoking list of reader’s guide questions relating to Peaceful Warrior, go here.

The  movie, Peaceful Warrior, is available on Netflix Streaming.

As for Neverwhere, it’s also a BBC series available through Netflix DVDs.