Book Discussion for "Telegraph Avenue: A Novel" by Michael Chabon

  • January 13, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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First *real* book discussion! (If you couldn't get into this one, i.e., you're on the waiting list, check out the alternate event scheduled for the Wednesday following this Sunday. Same book, different day, different people).

Appropriately, we will be reading Telegraph Avenue: A Novel by Michael Chabon. I hope we'll have a rousing discussion about our inaugural book! Bring questions, thoughts, comments - no formal presentations are necessary, but do expect to engage in some active listening and conversation. As always, dissenting opinions and thoughts are welcome, but I do expect participants to be respectful of each other as they express them. Don't make me regulate! :)

 

Here's a short summary of the book from amazon:

"As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there—longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half temple—stands Brokeland.

When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe's life."

 

Now let's get to readin'!

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A little note on RSVPs: If you have to cancel (life happens sometimes), please do so at least 24 hours in advance. That way space can be freed up for others who may wish to attend, but for whom there wasn't enough room. If you RSVP "yes" and don't show up 3 times (yes, I will be counting!), you will be excluded from future attendance. This is only fair for others who want to attend the meetings.

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  • Laura Arvizu C.

    Thanks. I'm a complete book reading addict loking forward to meeting otheres!

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really enjoyed talking to everyone- such a pleasure to interact with people who READ BOOKS! A far too rare occurrence. See you next time!

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • lorena

    the discussion was great

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • Patrick S.

    Enjoyed everyone's various views on the book, now even more confused as to whether I love to hate/hate to love this novel. Think I'll have to give a different Chabon novel a try . . ..

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • lorena

    Looking forward to seeing everybody at Room 389 on Sunday.

    1 · January 11, 2013

  • peter r.

    I signed up for the overflow Jan. 16 and cannot make the Sunday date.

    January 10, 2013

  • Rasheda

    Since there is a long wait list I'm going to cancel my rsvp so someone else can go. I just couldn't get through this book. I never made it past page 2 and it started to feel like homework so I gave up lol. Since I'm bailing on our first official meeting, I am interested to know if anyone else gave up or absolutely loved it.

    January 8, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      Yes, there is a discussion board area, and anyone can post - feel free to use it (there's a link below the title of this meetup)! That said, I hope people won't rely on the online discussion TOO much, since the point of this group is to get people out of their shell and talking in person :)

      January 8, 2013

    • Deb D.

      I liked the book when I read it last fall. It is not an easy read, but the characters shine. Sorry that it wasn't a good experience for all. From other book clubs, sometimes the best discussion happens when you don't like the book and this book certainly has lots of discussion points. I hope those who did not finish, change their rsvp's soon enough so others may come.

      1 · January 8, 2013

  • lorena

    There are many, many book clubs for people who enjoy fiction. I prefer non-fiction. It is more difficult to find others who want to discuss non-fiction.

    November 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think we will be reading some non-fiction too. I am like-minded but joined this group to force myself to read more fiction.

      1 · January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just was switched from waitlist to the discussion group a couple of days ago and don't have the book yet, but given the comments below I am not going to read the book afterall....will cancel my rsvp so someone else can attend!

    January 8, 2013

  • peter r.

    thanks, I am wait-listed on the spillover also.
    Must be a good venue.

    January 8, 2013

  • peter r.

    want to attend. When is the spillover discussion?

    January 7, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      look at the other upcoming meetups, 2nd one listed

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I prefer locations near BART, so parking/knowing the area are never a problem.

    November 13, 2012

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