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The Art of Fielding cover image
Selection for September 2014

The Art of Fielding
by
Chad Harbaugh


At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course.  In the aftermath of this error, the fates of five people are upended.  Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future.  College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love.  Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair.  Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own.  And Pella Affenight returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climatic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets.  Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff).  It is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE A FEW COPIES OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR BOOK GROUP MEMBERS TO PURCHASE AT A VERY LOW PRICE.  PLEASE ASK AT THE NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION.
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Body Counts cover image Selection for October 2014

Body Counts:
A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

by Sean Strub

PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of hardcover copies are available to members for $15.00 (half the cover price).  The paperback edition will released September 9, 2014.

Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for U.S. Con­gress, charts his remarkable life—a story of politics and AIDS and a powerful testament to loss, hope, and survival.

As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, D.C., from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a Senate elevator in the U.S. Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital’s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame. 

When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending “more funerals than birthday parties.” Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes readers through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the activist organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time. 

From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the home of U.S. Sen­ator Jesse Helms. Body Counts is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era, with an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono. 

By the time a new class of drugs transformed the epidemic in 1996, Strub was emaciated and covered with Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, the scarlet letter of AIDS. He was among the fortunate who returned, Lazaruslike, from the brink of death. 

Strub has written a vital, inspiring memoir, unprecedented in scope, about this deeply important period of American history.
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The Swimming Pool Library Cover image Selection for November 2014

The Swimming Pool Library
by
Alan Hollinghurst

A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America, The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.
   
 

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