For their December book, “Just the Facts” Nonfiction Book Discussion Group, will be reading The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon while riding on a city bus. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to finding happiness. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, forget about the results, keep a gratitude notebook. And she read the principles of happiness by many thinkers and writers. Her conclusions were sometimes surprising, and they range from practical to profound. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
The Café Parlez’ selection for December is Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison. After Rasputin is killed, his daughter Masha is sent to live with the Romanov family, hoping that she has inherited her father’s miraculous healing powers. She and Prince Aloysha strike up a friendship, and as the tsar is forced to abdicate and the family is placed under house arrest, the two teenagers tell each other stories, some embellished and some entirely imagined. This is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart. We will discuss this book on Monday, December 28 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
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