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Book Group, December 6, 7:00 PM will be at Mike Nichols, to discuss “Where the Wild Coffee Grows” by Jeff Koehler. This is a short but thorough book on everything coffee, botanically, culturally, anthropologically, historically, and even forecasting the future. If you are someone who thinks nothing of spending over $50 for a half-pound bag of beans for that essential flavor, or if you are someone who would want to know why ANYONE would consider spending more than $50 for a half-bag pound of beans, then this might just be the book for you. Also, Mike will finally demonstrate those custom-built speakers. For more information contact Kip Duchon at [email protected].
Based on those who responded, the January Meeting will be moved to the following week and will be January 17 at 7:00 PM at Kip Duchon’s to discuss “The Undoing Project – A Friendship that Changed our Minds” by Michael Lewis (2016, 368 pages). Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms. The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.
February 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be at Roger Duvall at 222 Garden Lane in Decatur to discuss “A Bend in the River”, by V.S. Naipaul (1979, pages 278) In the “brilliant novel” (The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man—an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked this book as #83 on the list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century.
March 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be at Darryl Payne’s to discuss “The Devils of Cardona” by Matthew Carr, (2016, 464 pages). In March of 1584, the local priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small village in Aragon near the French border is murdered in his own church, his body flung on the altar and words in Arabic scrawled in the priest’s blood across the church walls. Most of the town’s inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims forcibly converted to Catholicism and they fear for their lives as hostility toward them grows. Anxious to avert a violent backlash in the region as Aragon prepares for a royal wedding, an adviser to King Philip II appoints a local judge, Bernardo de Mendoza, to investigate the priest’s murder and bring the killer to justice.
April 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be at Joe Sandifer to discuss “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ” by Yuval Noah Hararii A brief 464 pages Harari’s work situates its account of human history within a framework provided by the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary biology: he sees biology as setting the limits of possibility for human activity, and sees culture as shaping what happens within those bounds. The academic discipline of History is the account of cultural change.
Harari surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on our own species of human, Homo sapiens. He divides the history of Sapiens into four major parts
- Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when Sapiens evolved imagination).
- Agricultural Revolution(c. 12,000 BCE, the development of farming).
- Unification (consolidation of human political organizations towards one global empire).
- Scientific Revolution(c. 1500 CE, the emergence of objective science)
May 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be at Mike Nichols’ to discuss “Queen of the Desert,” by Georgiana Howell. “Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty. But she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in 1921. “Mike offers “Gertrude Bell is mentioned a number of times in other books we have read. She was a remarkable person who traveled extensively in the Middle East in the early 1900s, fluent in six languages, interested in Bedouin tribal culture, and always an explorer. There are interesting insights from her life regarding the difficulties of the working class in industrial Britain, the tribal nature of Arab peoples and her experiences traveling, the strategic need of the British Navy for petroleum from Persia, and Britain’s strategic struggles with interests in Cairo, Delhi, and Basra (some of which is most amusing). Gertrude was at the center of the formation of modern Arab states and appears to be one of the few who anticipated some of the problems we have today.”
June 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be at Kent Leslie to discuss her book “Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickerson, 1849-1893” by Kent Anderson Leslie. YES our very own Kent Leslie, a member of NDPC, will be leading a discussion on her book. Amanda America Dickson, born the privileged daughter of a white planter and a consenting slave in antebellum Georgia, shows how strong-willed individuals defied racial strictures for the sake of family. Kent Anderson Leslie uses the events of Dickson’s life to explore the forces driving southern race and gender relations from the days of King Cotton through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and New South eras. Although legally a slave herself well into her adolescence, Dickson was much favored by her father and lived comfortably in his house, receiving a genteel upbringing and education. After her father died in 1885 Dickson inherited most of his half-million dollar estate, sparking off two years of legal battles with white relatives. When the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the will, Dickson became the largest landowner in Hancock County, Georgia, and the wealthiest black woman in the post-Civil War South.
Old 2018 Books:
May 2018: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. An independently wealthy aristocrat in 1917 at the time of the revolution, he is deprived of his citizenship and sentenced to live in a hotel attic where he had been living in a suite. With charm and wit he makes a life for himself, befriending a young girl who is often there with her politically connected parents. She is equally clever and steals a hotel master key which allows them access everywhere in this large and most famous Moscow hotel. Years pass and he becomes the maitre de at the hotel restaurant where all the important people dine and close friends with the chef and manager. Then the child he befriended reappears as a young married adult with a very young child. She is leaving for Siberia to find her husband who has been sentenced and “you are the only one I can trust to care for my daughter”. The story continues with unexpected twists and turns and with insight into what it is like to live in a totalitarian state where only the group matters and the individual is expendable.
June 2018: Terry Hughey made a cameo Decatur appearance to lead the discussion on “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond. Jared Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and dismantles racially based theories of human history.
August 2018: ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’ by Adam Johnson. This novel takes place in North Korea, which is timely to say the least. ‘Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother – a singer”stolen” to Pyongyang- and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korea state son recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the women he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she doesn’t know what starving people looked like”.
September 6 at 7:00 PM will be at Kip Duchon’s to discuss “Leonardo daVinci”by Walter Isaacson. Leonardo may have been born in the 15th century, but he has never been far from pop culture. While scholars have been writing about Leonardo for the better part of 500 years, Isaacson’s has presented him much like a sculptor freeing a figure from a block of marble, taking volumes of academic tomes and molding them into a 21st Century page turner.
October 4 at 7:00 PM will be at Joe Sandifer’s to discuss “A Place at the Table” by Susan Rebecca White. “Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Cafe Andres and her groundbreaking cookbook, but her past is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice’s retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging cafe with his new brand of southern cooking while he struggles with heartbreak like he’s never known. Seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcee Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Cafe Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice’s cookbook and threatens to upend her life.”
In her most accomplished novel yet, (NDPC member) Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.
November at 7:00 PM will be at Chet McQuaide will be the artic adventure book “In the Kingdom of Ice” by Hampton Sides. This is the book that Woody recommended and we are meeting in November so he can join us for the discussion. Chet reports “A great book which illustrates how myths and incomplete information can lead to disaster, despite careful planning of an expedition.”
DatesGenerally first Thursday of each month
LocationGroup members' homes
Contact InformationKip Duchon
Circle of Care
All those living with ongoing health issues or caring for someone who does are invited to come for conversation, prayer, and support.
FacilitatorsPaul Osborne & Mary Anona Stoops
We call ourselves the Knit Wits, the Prayer Shawl Ministry of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Since February 2007, we have been knitting shawls for baptisms, graduations, weddings, and also for the sick or troubled among us. Experience is not required; we teach beginners!
Time10:00 a.m. - Noon
LocationParlor (those who cannot join us knit at home)
Contact InformationBarbara Jung
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Neighborhood Parishes offer a way for NDPC members and friends to maintain a close-knit community within our larger growing church environment. Parishes are groups of 5-8 families (15-20 people), organized by the geographic proximity of members’ homes. If you are interested in connecting with a parish in your community, contact our co-pastors.
DatesParishes meet quarterly
TimeDetermined by each parish
Contact InformationDavid Lewicki
SAGEs: Somewhat Ancient Gleeful Elders
All senior adults (60+) are welcome at the SAGEs gathering for monthly luncheons and programs. We share a delicious lunch prepared by Badda Bing! Catering, followed by programs that are fun and interesting.
Make reservations through Jim Goodspeed at 770-934-2008 or by email at [email protected]
SAGES Seekers meets on the third Tuesdays of the month from 10 a.m. – Noon for small group fellowship and conversation related to the spiritual gifts and challenges of aging.
DatesSAGES is First Tuesday of the month from Sept. – May; SAGES Seekers is the Third Tuesday of the month
TimeSAGES meets at Noon; SAGES Seekers from 10 a.m. - Noon
LeadershipMary Anona Stoops
Contact InformationJim Goodspeed
Cost$8, payable at the door
Women Together Gathering
The women of NDPC have been gathering for more than 30 years for food, drinks, friendship, and spiritual support. Are you thirsty for food, fun, and fellowship with the women of NDPC? Come join us! Contact Dee Raeside.
Women Together Book List:
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Annie)
John Brown, Abolitionist by David Reynolds (Annie)
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Annie)
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride (Deedee)
The Color of Water by James McBride (Deedee)
When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi (Deedee)
The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson (Mary Alice) – Gary is Mary Alice’s son-in-law
Personal History by Katharine Graham (Gail)
Anything by Barbara Kingsolver – a new book is coming soon (Diane)
The Nix by Nathan Hill (Diane)
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (Ellen)
Educated by Tara Westover (Elllen)
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Ellen)
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Ellen)
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Carol)
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (Carol)
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Carol)
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (Carol)
The Color of Money and How the Other Half Banks by Mehrsa Baradaram (Carol)
West’s World by Lorna Gibb (Kent)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Kent)
Anything by Wendy Farley (Kent)
Homegoing by YaaGyasi (Kent)
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (Angela)
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (Corey)
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Corey)
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Corey)
The Cove by Ron Rash (Corey)
Outlaw by __ (Corey)
Books by Daniel Woodrell and Donna Tartt (Corey)
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough (Holly)
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks (Holly)
Books by David Sedaris (Holly)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Holly)
Dead Wake by Erik Larson (Holly)
Krakatoa by Simon Winchester (Dabney)
Stranger in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild (Dabney)
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker (Dabney)
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Debra)
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (Debra)
The Girl with Seven Names by Lee Hyeon-seo and David John (Theresa)
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
DatesFebruary, April,June, August, October and December in 2019
Contact InformationDee Raeside