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Book Discussion with Arlynn: The works of E.L.Doctorow

Zoom Meeting
Wednesdays at 3:00 PM

In Depth Doctorow

The first book we will discuss will be "The Waterworks" by E.L. Doctorow. NYC 1871

The book appears, on the surface, to be a mystery but in reality it is Doctorow's philosophical analysis of humanity's relation to ______________ and _______________.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Week 1     Chapters 1 - 11 (pp 1-94) (FEB 3)

Please watch the following short video about NYC to review our history.


Week 2 will cover Chapters 12 - 17 (pp 95 - 153) (FEB 10)

plus a review of Tammany Hall & Boss Tweed


Week 3 will cover Chapter 18 - end of the novel  (pp 154-253)(FEB 17)


Ollie Brody

Preview YouTube video The Big Apple: A Short History of New York City

The Big Apple: A Short History of New York City


Writing is an exploration.  You start from nothing and learn as you go." So, said E.L. Doctorow.  Born in NY. Master of historical fiction or as David Ulin of the LA Times put it "Doctorow created fiction that existed at the intersection of American myth and hypocrisy." We look at 4 of his novels (all about NY), "The Waterworks", "Ragtime", "Billy Bathgate" and "The Book of Daniel". Some of the characters are real and some a little less than real.  As the man said...we learn as we go...the mythical Billy Bathgate and the real Dutch Schultz, the real Evelyn Nesbitt and mythical Coal House Walker...join me for the ride....


Join us for 12 weeks, starting February 3  for a new Book Discussion Group:
In Depth E.L Doctorow books and movies. 
Each book will be discussed for 3 weeks. You are welcome to read the book or watch the movie or both.

The Waterworks   Feb 3, 10, 17
Ragtime    Feb 24, March 3, 10

Billy Bathgate    March 17, 24, 31

The Book of Daniel     April 7,14,21


This group will be led by Arlynn Brody, retired NYC principal, member of GNPS and member of Life Long Learners through CUNY Graduate Center.  She teaches different courses in politics and literature for CUNY.


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Zoom meeting ID will be included in the confirmation email you receive
after you register. You will also receive 2 reminders with this information.
Same zoom information every week.
Please register for each week so the host knows who will attend.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 3:00 PM
Zoom meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone

Additional Info:
Arlynn Brody
Book Club
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