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Come join us for our Book Club!

The Book Club meets the Second Saturday of the month from 10:30am until noon. Our reading choices can include fiction, nonfiction or biographies. Please come and share your ideas and book suggestions. New members are always welcome. Call 415 557-4293 for more information.

Book Club Selection:

August 12

The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared DB75820

Jonasson, Jonas; Bradbury, Rod. Reading time: 13 hours, 15 minutes.
Read by Michael Russotto.


Sweden. On his one-hundredth birthday, former demolitions expert Allan Karlsson escapes from an old folks' home, steals a suitcase filled with money, and begins a madcap adventure running from criminals and the police. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Some strong language. 2012.
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September 9

Two books by Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings DB57200

Angelou, Maya. Reading time: 9 hours, 14 minutes.
Read by Andrea Frierson-Toney.


Memoir by well-known African American poet and college professor Maya Angelou. She describes her childhood and adolescent years in rural Arkansas, in St. Louis, and in San Francisco, and the racial and gender hardships she endured. 1969.
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Mom & me & mom DB76616

Angelou, Maya. Reading time: 4 hours, 9 minutes.
Read by Mitzi Friedlander.

Biography of Writers

Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (DB 57200) chronicles her relationship with her mother. Discusses being raised by her grandmother from ages three to thirteen and recounts her growing adoration of her mother during Angelou's teen years. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
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October 14

Black against empire: the history and politics of the Black Panther Party DB76438

Bloom, Joshua; Martin, Waldo E. Reading time: 19 hours, 58 minutes.
Read by Julian Thompson.

Social Sciences
Government and Politics

Comprehensive history of the Black Panther Party emphasizing its political ideology. Chronicles the transformation of a local group--organized in 1966 Oakland, California, by community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton to prevent police brutality--into an international entity. 2013.
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November 18

This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate DB80555

Klein, Naomi. Reading time: 22 hours, 3 minutes.
Read by Suzanne Duvall.

Science and Technology
Government and Politics
Nature and the Environment
Business and Economics

Author of The Shock Doctrine (DB 70280) examines the intersection of climate science and governmental and business priorities. Discusses climate change and its deniers, the economics of environmentalism claimed and ignored by businesses, and environmentalist efforts to force political policies to adapt. Bestseller. 2014.
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December 9

Fup DB21088

Dodge, Jim. Reading time: 1 hour, 48 minutes.
Read by John Polk.

Raunchy, boisterous, ninety-nine-year-old Jake Santee and his orphaned grandson adopt an abandoned duckling that soon becomes a full-fledged family member. Strong language.
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January 13

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore DB75599

Sloan, Robin. Reading time: 9 hours, 48 minutes.
Read by Andy Pyle.

Suspense Fiction

While hunting for a new job, Web designer Clay Jannon wanders across Mr. Penumbra's Twenty-Four-Hour Bookstore, which sits next to a strip joint. Hired for the night shift, Clay is soon drawn into a world of mystery, intrigue, and kooky customers. 2012.
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February 10

Women, culture, & politics / DB32601

Davis, Angela Yvonne. Reading time: 6 hours, 11 minutes.
Read by Mary Woods.

Social Sciences
Government and Politics

In this collection of articles and former speeches, Davis proclaims her views on the pursuit of equality and peace, on international issues, and on education and culture, particularly as these issues relate to the condition of African-American women. Her continued commitment to communism is reflected in her arguments, as is her involvement in various movements against political and racial repression.
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March 13

Collected novellas / DB34384

García Márquez, Gabriel. Reading time: 8 hours, 31 minutes.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Short Stories

"Leaf Storm," the first story by the Nobel Prize- winning author, conjures up the whirlwind of humanity that descends on a small Colombian town as a result of a civil war and a new company. "No One Writes to the Colonel" is a portrait of a proud, elderly, and impoverished man who is forced to sell his belongings to buy food. The final work, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," reconstructs crime, executed while others stood by. Strong language.
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One City One Book is San Francisco's citywide book club.
In 2017, we're reading Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Find out more at: One City One Book.

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