Bistro Bookers

August 31, 2021

A Message from Bistro Bookers Board Members…

Dear Bistro Bookers Patrons,

Our board members hope you are all healthy and doing well after this long hiatus.

The restaurant industry is very short staffed and Chef's can no longer accommodate us moving forward, so the board members have been working hard the last couple of months to find a new venue. We will be changing our venue for this review as a test to see if our patrons like the new location. 

The next Bistro Bookers gathering is:

Date:   Wed. Sept 15, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m.

Venue:  Audubon Senior Center

               370 John James Audubon Parkway

               Amherst, NY 14228


The Audubon Senior Center has a maximum capacity of 55 people. 

The event will be first come, first served. 

Doors will open at 4:00 p.m.


Book: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Discussed by: Marian Deutschman & Linda Drajem - Bistro Bookers Board Members

Book Summary: How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

We look forward to seeing you all there. 

Bistro Board Members.

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