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Watertown, MA 02138 United States

May 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape by Jill Jonnes

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape by Jill Jonnes (2016) is a celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, from Jefferson’s day to the present.    Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn’s many facets. Selections range from books on history, natural history, horticulture,…

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June 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: “The House at Lobster Cove” by Jane Goodrich

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Using characters, letters and events from history, Jane Goodrich’s first novel, The House at Lobster Cove (2017), is part family saga and part love story.  The protagonist, George Nixon Black, is buried at Mount Auburn on Eagle Avenue.   Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn’s many facets. Selections range from books on history, natural history, horticulture, art, architecture, preservation, and wildlife to books written by or about those now buried…

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July 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

American Philosophy: A Love Story (2016) is part intellectual history, part memoir.  John Kaag is a dispirited young philosopher at sea in his marriage and his career when he stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The books Kaag discovers in the Hocking library include the works of philosopher Josiah Royce who is buried on Excelsior Path. Each month, the Mount Auburn Book…

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August 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: “The Dante Chamber” by Mathew Pearl

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

From bestselling author Mathew Pearl comes his newest mystery novel, The Dante Chamber (2018) a masterful tale of literature, obsession, and murder.  Famous scholar Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes helps to assist in deciphering the literary clues.  Holmes is buried on Lime Avenue. Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn’s many facets. Selections range from books on history, natural history, horticulture, art, architecture, preservation, and wildlife to books written by or about…

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September 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies” by Dr. Judy Melnik

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Working Stiff: two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a medical examiner by Dr. Judy Melnik (2014) is the memoir of a young forensic pathologist's "rookie season" as a NYC medical examiner. It is a gripping account of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes and counseling grieving relatives.  Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn’s many facets. Selections range from books on history, natural history, horticulture, art, architecture, preservation, and…

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