Book Group: Bewilderment, Led By Nancy Buehler

Nancy Buehler will lead a discussion of the acclaimed novel Bewilderment by Richard Powers. This virtual program is free but registration is required. Email Robert at to reserve your spot. Space may be limited!

About the Book: The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He's also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin's emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother's brain...

With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son's ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers's most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

"It changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it....It changed how I see things and that's always, for me, a mark of a book worth reading."  -- Barack Obama

"Monumental...A gigantic fable of genuine truths."  -- Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review, cover review

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 9:30am to 10:30am

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Online Zoom event!
Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
Shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize and Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction