Book Selection for November 17
No. 1 Ladies' Detectove Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
This is the first novel in a series that now comprises 21 bestselling volumes, 6 tv programs and 35 radio episodes. Mma Precious Ramotswe, the first and only female detective in
Botswana, is "the detective as folk hero, solving crimes through aninnate, self-possessed wisdom that, combined with an understanding ofhuman nature, invariably penetrates into the heart of a puzzle."(according to Otto Penzler on Amazon.com).
The author, Alexander McCall Smith, was born in British Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He taught law and bioethics at the University of Botswana and the University of Edinburgh.
Book Selection for January 19
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,
by Jonathan Haidt
Pantheon Books, NY 2012
A brave, brilliant, and eloquent exploration of the most important issues of our time. Penetrating, yet accessible. Profound discussion. “Moral systems are interlocking sets of values, virtues, norms, practices, identities, institutions, technologies and evolved psychological mechanisms that work together to suppress or regulate self-interest and make cooperative societies possible.” (page 270)