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MONDAY BOOK GROUP

MONDAY BOOK GROUP UPDATE:

The Senior College Monday Book Group has had a dynamic year of reading: history and social issues, historical fiction, science fiction, memoirs, and coming-of age stories. After meeting on Zoom for over two years, we resumed in-person meetings in June this year, and we expect to meet in person until December, when we will move to Zoom for the winter months. We have also welcomed four new members over the past year, adding new perspectives and reading interests!

We have modified our meeting time and week of the month to accommodate members’ needs and to avoid conflicts with Monday holidays (when the University is closed), so beginning in November 2022, we will meet the second Monday of each month, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Our December book, The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman explores the horrors and complexities of World War II and the Holocaust from the perspective of a young German girl.

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 reading list. The 2023 list will be coming soon!

THURSDAY BOOK GROUP

February 23 Meeting:

THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST

Full Documentary on Maine Public Television
by Ken Burns

By Norma Blazer

This is the first time our group has deviated from discussing a book. This series is so special that we decided to make an exception and devote one meeting to discussion. Our group is open to new members, and we welcome you to join us on February 23 or for a meeting later this winter. The 2023 Book List, along with archived book reviews, is listed at the bottom of the page.
About the Documentary:
The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge.  see website
 
View each episode by clicking on the photos, below.
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Episode 1:
THE GOLDEN DOOR

Reversing open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to restrict immigration.

129 min.

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Episode 2:
YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE

A war begins, some Americans work tirelessly to help refugees; others remain indifferent.

138 min.

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Episode 3:
THE HOMELESS TEMPEST - TOSSED

As the Allies liberate German camps, the public sees the sheer scale of the Holocaust.

131 min.

The “After Film Discussion” link above will take you to discussion questions that we may use as a guide on February 23. There are also suggestions which might be helpful before viewing the series.

MONDAY BOOK GROUP INFORMATION

The Monday Book Group meets the second Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Patrice Wehner

THURSDAY BOOK GROUP INFORMATION

The Thursday Book Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Norma Blazer

  • January 26: The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles
  • February 23: The U. S. and the Holocaust – Full Documentary on Maine Public TV
  • March 23: Time and Again by Jack Finney
  • April 27: No-No Boy by John Okada
  • May 25: Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
  • June 22: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
  • July 27: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
  • August 24: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • September 28: Deadline by Gerry Boyle
  • October 26: Birds of a Feather(Maisie Dobbs Book 2) by Jacqueline Winspear
  • No Meeting in November

If you would like more information about either book group, please contact the UMASC office by phone (207-621-3551) or send a message.