The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/ Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Best-Selling Author and National Book Award Winner and Charles Gross, Professor of Psychology, Princeton/ April 16, 2018/ Fior d’Italia

A Book of AMerican MartyrsA powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.

A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

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The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/Our friend and TLS member Jeff Bleich for California Lt Governor/ March 3, 2018/Fior d’italia

Flashback/ The Luncheon Society—Los Angeles/ Congressional Gold Medal Awardee and Little Rock Nine Member Terrence Roberts on the integration of Central High plus 50 years/ March 14, 2007/Morton’s Steak House

The Luncheon Society–New York/MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell/Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics/February 6, 2018/NY Yankees Steakhouse

O'Donnell book coverFrom the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, the race that created American politics as we know it today

From the Book Jacket: The 1968 U.S. Presidential election was the young Lawrence O’Donnell’s political awakening, and in the decades since it has remained one of his abiding fascinations.  For years he has deployed one of America’s shrewdest political minds to understanding its dynamics, not just because it is fascinating in itself, but because in it is contained the essence of what makes America different, and how we got to where we are now. Playing With Fire represents O’Donnell’s master class in American electioneering, embedded in the epic human drama of a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time.

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The Luncheon Society—Los Angeles and San Francisco/Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee/How Democrats can rebound in 2018/LA–January 26, 2018/Napa Valley Grille/SF–Fior d’Italia February 23, 2018

Flashback/The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/ Scott Hubbard Member, Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board Former Director of NASA Ames Research Center on what led to the space shuttle Columbia’s disintegration upon reentry/ January 9, 2007/ Stanford Park Hotel

The Luncheon Society—New York/ MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter discusses the current political climate/September 28, 2017/NY Yankees Steakhouse