Walker Book Group

April 14, 2019 | 5:30 PM

Join the Walker Book Group for a welcoming potluck supper and lively book discussion on Sunday, April 14 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Newcomers are always welcome.

Bring a dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. Be responsible for cleanup if using Albany UU’s kitchen or be green and bring your own dishes and flatware.

We will discuss Rich Cohen’s biography of Samuel Zemurray, The Fish That Ate the Whale: Life and Times of America’s Banana King. Zemurray began life as a poor Russian Jew. After immigrating to Alabama, he evolved from a banana peddler to an importer of fruit and, finally, to controlling much of Central America. As the Chief Executive of United Fruit, he wielded his power to label democratically elected Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz a Communist, leading to the CIA-staged coup that toppled Arbenz and led to decades of revolution and reaction. The New York Times reviewer described this biography as pungent, breezy, and vividly written.

On May 12, we will discuss Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. On June 9, we will discuss a group of short stories to be selected at our April meeting. We hope you will join us.

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