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New Meetup: October Meeting

From: Nerida
Sent on: Sunday, September 26, 2010 3:49 PM
Hello everyone,

We missed the September meeting with the football and have skipped ahead to October for the next meeting. We have two fascinating and current books to read and discuss;

?In My Skin? written by Kate Holden
?The Brain that Changes Itself? written by Norman Doidge

If you have time and energy, you can read both books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

When: Saturday, October 23,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Grumpy's Green, 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal, there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the book of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

?In My Skin? written by Kate Holden
A memoir of her journey from a reserved, innocent University graduate of literature and anthropology, to a heroin addict of five years, who entered into prostitution to support her habit. Kate Holden writes a fortnightly column for The Age's A2 weekend supplement, in which her perceptiveness, intelligence and alluring grasp of English are always apparent. Her subject matter is observational, whether of Melbourne culture or affairs of the heart, and regularly provides an uplifiting start to a Saturday morning.

?The Brain that Changes Itself? written by Norman Doidge
A guest at the recent Melbourne Writers festival, Doidge, a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia and the University of Toronto, slowly turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down.

For years neuroscientists have thought of the brain as a machine: break a part and you lose that function permanently. But more and more evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma: Essentially, the functions of the brain can be strengthened just like a weak muscle. Each story is interwoven with the latest in brain science, told in a manner that is both simple and compelling.

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