Book Club Meeting Schedule

The Book Club has two upcoming meetings scheduled.
The first will be held on Monday, March 20th from 10:30 am to 12 noon in University Hall 198. 

The book we will read is A Mercy by Toni Morrison.

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The following meeting of the UCBRC book club will be on 
Monday, April 3, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12 noon in University Hall 198. 

The book we will read is Eleanore Roosevelt: The Defining Years 1933-1938, by Blanche Wiesen Cook. It is available in libraries and from Amazon in paperback.

About the UCBRC Book Club

The UCBRC book club meets on campus several times per year. To join the UCBRC book club, send an email to ucbrc@berkeley.edu and ask to be placed in the group. All book club members receive email announcements and reminders when book club meetings are scheduled.

Books are chosen by Professor Emeritus Robert Middlekauff, who also leads the book club discussion.  Thank you, Bob, for your wonderful service to UC retirees!

Book club members at a reception

Book club members Larry Waldron, Bob Middlekauff, Marian Gade, Joyce Burks and Mary MacCready at a LIR reception in May, 2015.


Books We've Read (an incomplete list)

  • A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony by John Demos
  • The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin
  • The Puritan Family by Edmund Morgan
  • Peculiar Institution by Kenneth Stampp
  • The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin Thomas
  • Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies by Robert Middlekauff
  • Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon
  • Boston’s Immigrants, Oscar Handlin
  • The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America, Joy and Richard Buel
  • The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  • The Minutemen and Their World by Robert Gross
  • American Diplomacy, 1900-1950 by George Kennan
  • The Armada by Garrett Mattingly
  • Ferling, John, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800
  • Professor Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
  • Marion L. Starkey, The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials
  • C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow
  • John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash
  • American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia by Edmund S. Morgan