The Knox Book Group meets in Fellowship Hall after Worship, Fellowship, and Adult Learning for Life at about 12:30 pm once every 5 weeks, depending on other activities and holy days. The Knox Book Group discusses both fiction and non-fiction books. All are welcome, whether or not you have read the book. Future books are suggested and selected by the group members.
Materials on loan from the local library are available for those who don’t want to purchase the book.
Book Group Schedule 2018
All book descriptions freely stolen from Amazon.com. You can download a pdf of the entire list here.
April 22 – The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post). In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.
June 3 – The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
Ostap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Russia. He joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, a former nobleman who has returned to his hometown to find a cache of missing jewels which were hidden in some chairs that have been appropriated by the Soviet authorities. The search for the bejeweled chairs takes these unlikely heroes from the provinces to Moscow to the wilds of Soviet Georgia and the Trans-caucasus mountains; on their quest they encounter a wide variety of characters: from opportunistic Soviet bureaucrats to aging survivors of the prerevolutionary propertied classes, each one more selfish, venal, and ineffective than the one before.
July 8 – Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
This unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family – a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south. These are the true accounts of his twelve hard years as a slave…His extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.