"Wine and Word" Book Discussion

Gretchen Revie

Select fourth Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM, home of Barb Uehling

Through titles selected in keeping with the theme of our program year, we hope to explore the stories of lives like and unlike our own. Come join us for a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and lively conversation.

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Book Discussion Schedule

The Devil's Highway: A True Story

by Luis Alberto Urrea. 2004.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway."  Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

Into the Beautiful North

by Luis Alberto Urrea. 2009.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village—they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men—her own "Siete Magníficos"—to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond. 2016.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.  Based on years of fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky

by Kent Nerburn. 2013.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

UPDATE: This event will be held at Phyllis Zeiss' home.

A haunting dream that will not relent pulls author Kent Nerburn back into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the “old ones” still have powers beyond our understanding. In this moving narrative, we travel through the lands of the Lakota and the Ojibwe, where we encounter a strange little girl with an unnerving connection to the past, a forgotten asylum that history has tried to hide, and the complex, unforgettable characters we have come to know from Neither Wolf nor Dog and The Wolf at Twilight.

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