AWC Going Dutch May_June 2019

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The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 13

Daytime Book Club Recap – March

Yuval Noah Harari is well known for looking

into the past and future to assess what

society did and can expect. He uses his

expertise as a history professor to encourage

his readers to consider and reevaluate

events. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

was a journey into how the author views

the challenges of our present age. He provides

the reader with 21 vantage points

from which to evaluate the world we live

in; those going from Disillusionment, to

God, to Post-Truth. His goal is to get the

reader to consider how our world of algorithms

and a veritable automatization revolution

poses long-term consequences for

humankind when we are much more shortterm

thinkers. Governments, social media,

schools, even how we raise our children,

are all heavily impacted by a world changing

so rapidly that it is difficult to keep up

at all levels of society. While not attempting

to be doomsday at all, Harari’s book is

meant to be a “wake-up call.” Our group

had a rousing discussion, but only after

there was agreement that the 300+ page

book would have made a better article, or

even a TED Talk. Everyone felt he belabored

most of his points, also not considering

the diversity of society in all of these

changes. Instead it seemed as if he felt

everyone, from super-rich to very povertystricken,

would have to embrace change in

the same manner. Some in the group agreed

that we all need to do our best to keep up in

this rapidly changing world, while others

preferred not to imagine the possible outcomes

of sitting in the midst of a technorevolution.

Much of the discussion was

about our children and the world in which

they must prepare themselves. One particular

turn was when we pondered the various

Credit: Amazon

ways in which schools approach technology.

Generally, we would only recommend

the book to those steeped in all the jargon

of the age.

Evening Book Club

May Selection: The

Immortalists by Chloe

Benjamin

If you knew the date of

your death, how would

you live your life? It’s

1969 in New York City’s

Lower East Side, and

word has spread of the

arrival of a mystical

woman, a traveling psychic who claims to

be able to tell anyone the day they will die.

The Gold children—four adolescents on

the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to

hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform

their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon

escapes to the West Coast, searching for

love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara

becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed

with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son

Evening Book Club Reading List:

September (TBA): Buried Appearances

by D.E. Haggerty

October 9: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Daniel seeks security as an army doctor

post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself

into longevity research, where she tests the

boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition

and depth, The Immortalists probes the

line between destiny and choice, reality

and illusion, this world and the next. It is

a deeply moving testament to the power of

story, nature of belief, and unrelenting pull

of familial bonds. The location changes

every month, so please contact Dena at

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org if you

are interested in attending.

Wednesday, May 8

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA

FREE

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