Chapter One Book Group

Chapter One is a community of friends committed to enriching our lives through shared experience of the written word and meaningful discussion.  The group was established in January 2008 and is currently celebrating its ninth year.

Each month, Chapter One dives into a new book selected directly from group nominations.  Selections can vary as much as our members.

The group continues to meet and celebrate literature each month in the Chillicothe area of Ohio.

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July 2019

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro


Published in 1986

In his sophomore novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Masuji Ono, an artist living in post-World War II Japan who reflects on his life and the choices he’s made in it. Realizing that once great reputation has faltered and that attitudes toward himself and his art have changed, Ono examines his past actions and grapples with the ramifications that came with them. An examination of responsibility, the intertwined relationship of art and politics as well as the role people play in a rapidly changing environment, An Artist of the Floating World was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and has been listed among the 100 greatest novels ever written.

This meeting for discussion of Book #139 is currently scheduled for July 6th at 5:00 PM.

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August 2019

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy


Published in 1984

In his debut novel, prolific author Tom Clancy took the world of military fiction by storm when he introduced his most famous character, Jack Ryan. In The Hunt for Red October, Ryan, an analyst with the CIA, races against time to locate Red October, a cutting-edge Soviet submarine with incredibly destructive potential. Complicating Ryan’s titular hunt are layers of secrets, conspiracies and conflicting motivations that must be sorted through before Red October falls into the wrong hands. Lauded by republican politicians of the 1980s, The Hunt for Red October solidified Clancy as a best-selling author and established Jack Ryan as a character who continues to appear in adaptations of Clancy’s work to this day.

This meeting for discussion of Book #140 is currently scheduled for August 24th at 5:00 PM.