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April 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud

April 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

We will discuss My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud by Janna Malamud Smith (2013).  Bernard Malamud is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Fixer as well as more than a dozen other books.  In this memoir his daughter explores her father’s life and literary legacy.  Malamud is buried on Azalea Path.   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,…

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May 2019

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

May 9, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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October 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: Amnesia by G.H. Ephron

October 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

A murder is committed in Mount Auburn Cemetery in this mystery novel, Amnesia by G. H. Ephron.  Can forensic psychologist Dr. Peter Zak catch the killer if the only witness has Amnesia? 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 and commemorated here. The Book Club…

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November 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: “Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian” by Richard Aldous

November 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian by Richard Aldous is the first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy’s White House. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007) is buried on Narcissus Path. 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 and…

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December 2019

Mount Auburn Book Club: “The Tenants” by Bernard Malamud

December 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

The Tenants by Bernard Malamud revolves around a rivalry between two writers—one of them Jewish and the other an African-American— who are the last two persons remaining in a soon to be condemned apartment building.  Malamud is buried on Azalea Path.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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January 2020

Mount Auburn Book Club: “Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science” by Christoph Irmscher

January 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

In this biography, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science by Christoph Irmscher, the controversial biologist and geologist’s legacy is explored.  Agassiz is buried on Bellwort Path.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 and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in the Front Office Conference Room…

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February 2020

Mount Auburn Book Club: “American Canopy” by Eric Rutkow

February 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutlow shares many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau’s famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City’s Central Park and the rural Cemetery movement.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,…

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March 2020

Mount Auburn Book Club: The Inferno by Dante Alighieri translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.  Translated in 1867 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the first U.S. translation raised American interest in the poem.  Longfellow is buried on Indian Ridge Path. 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 and commemorated here.…

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June 2020

CANCELED: Mount Auburn Book Club: Figuring by Maria Popova

June 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

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 and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in the Front Office Conference Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. Figuring (2019) by Maria Popova explores the complexities of love and the human…

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July 2020

CANCELED: Mount Auburn Book Club: Will My Cat Eat my Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

July 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

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 and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in the Front Office Conference Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? (2019), Caitlin Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge…

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August 2020

CANCELED: Mount Auburn Book Club: Beacon Street Mourning by Dianne Day

August 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

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 and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in the Front Office Conference Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. Deadly crime turns to personal tragedy for the normally intrepid…

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September 2020

CANCELED: Mount Auburn Book Club: The Lowells of Massachusetts by Nina Sankovitch

September 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

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 and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in the Front Office Conference Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were…

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