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Fundamentals - Nonfiction Book Club


In the Land of Invisible Women
by Qanta A. Ahmed, MD

Thursday, January 20 @ 11 a.m.

In the book In the Land of Invisible Women--unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong.

What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love.

And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity.

The Fundamentals Nonfiction Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. Join us this January 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. for our discussion. Please register at the New Bern Reference Desk or online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 252-638-7807.


 

Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Thursday, February 17 @ 11 a.m.

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.

Lab Girl
is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

The Fundamentals Nonfiction Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. Join us this January 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. for our discussion. Please register at the New Bern Reference Desk or online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 252-638-7807.