I do believe that we have some readers out there*
….you are invited to join the new HW/PC Book Club
. It’ll work just like any other Book Club at a high-level:
• A book gets recommended/agreed upon then…
• Book Club participants read the book prior to the “meeting ‘start’ date,” then…
• Participants discuss the book together (online, in this case), then…
• The process repeats itself by selecting new book, setting a new date for when discussion will start on the new book, participants read the new book, then new discussion takes place.
I’ll be the facilitator for the first round to help get this started by picking the first book (described below) and setting the first ‘meeting’ start date (1 month away, on Feb 1st, 2017). Let’s establish these “guidelines” at the outset to help keep us on-track…
HW/PC BOOK CLUB GUIDELINES:
1. The “meeting” will be all online, in a single thread with a Subject line similar to this thread.
2. Let’s initially plan on a 2-month cycle (possibly as many as 6 books/year)—picking a new book every 2-months ("reading months" will be: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov) and starting a new “meeting” a month later on the alternating months ("meeting months" will be: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec, starting on or around the beginning of those months). In other words, Jan-Feb will be one complete 2-month cycle of reading/discussing.
3. Half way into each “meeting” month, we’ll start discussion about a new book for the next cycle, and then who's-ever book we select, the person proposing that book will become the facilitator for that next round. Participants from the prior read/discuss cycle will pick the next book...in other words, join for at least one round as a participant before suggesting a book for the next round.
4. Facilitator shall “take the lead” for the 2-month period by initiating and maintaining a new “book thread” on the topic once the book has been selected. During the “reading” month, the new facilitator shall encourage new participants to join, stimulate interest in the book by posting “teasers” (without giving too many “spoilers”), and track who will be participating in the “meeting.” During the “meeting” month, the facilitator continues in the “lead” role by asking stimulating questions of participants and helping to steer the discussion and keep it on-track. In the 2nd half of the "meeting" month, the facilitator leads an effort for current participants to recommend/select another book (and facilitator) for the next cycle. The facilitator's responsibilities come to an end after the 2-month cycle and a successful hand-off to the next facilitator is complete.
5. Participants are asked to help keep discussion in each “book thread” on-topic. In general, if you haven’t read the book, we’d like to ask you to simply skip over this HW/PC thread (observe the dialogue if you'd like, but sit-out of the discussion) and consider joining in the next cycle with the next book.
6. Let’s pick books that are at least in some way related to why we are all here at HW/PC…we'll leave it to you to creatively describe the connection
(Please refer to these by number in the future when proposing a modification or additions to the GUIDELINES.)
I’ll get the Book Club started by leading discussion (starting Feb 1st) about
the book Being Mortal. Medicine and What Matters in the End
, by Atul Gawande (or more simply known as Being Mortal
is the Amazon link to order it online, HERE
is the Barnes & Noble link (about
20 bucks; less for e-book), or find it in your local library.
I just read this book over Christmas vacation, and my comment about
it to my wife was that this is a valuable book which I would recommend for anyone who has ever known someone who is going to age or die, or is going to age or die themselves
. The other thing that I thought about
as I was reading it was that it touched upon many, many different topics that have been raised by many different people at HW/PC…and it offers a clear-eyed perspective on thinking through and confronting the challenging issues of quality and quantity of life
I’ll post more “teasers” later about
the book, but will hope that others will now use this thread to “sign-up” for this first round of the HW/PC Book Club
.” If you’ve already read Being Mortal
and are interested in participating in discussion about
it in the February “meeting,” let me know
. If you have not yet read the book, but may be interested in reading it and participating in February discussion about
it, let me know
. If you think this is a stupid idea, don’t bother letting me know
…I may end up having online discussion with myself in February, which may be a little odd but won’t bother me too much.
So as a summary, here's how the Book Club will work, and here's what your next steps
- Jan-17 is "reading" month, and discussion begins online on Feb 1st
- The book selected for the Jan-Feb 2017 cycle is: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
- Reply to this thread in January if you are interested in participating; then get the book and read it by Feb 1st.
- If you participate in this cycle and you've got a good book to recommend next, bring it into the discussion mid-February timeframe for consideration in the Mar-Apr cycle.
The correlation between reading and intelligence has been well documented (PubMed article
), but there is the never-ending argument on when comes first (chicken-or-the-egg): does reading make you more intelligent, or do smart people read more?
What do you think? The chicken, or the egg?
Post Edited (JackH) : 2/22/2017 2:38:42 PM (GMT-7)