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

  • Jan 16, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Because there is so much demand for this book discussion, we've created an alternate weekday meeting for discussing Telegraph Avenue, to be hosted by fellow bookworm Cher at the community meeting room of fellow bookworm Randy's condo. Keen! Thanks to both of you for helping out :) PLEASE - only sign up for this if you have not already signed up for the first book discussion. This is an alternate event so that people who didn't make it into the weekend discussion, or who prefer weekdays, could still participate.

**NOTE: If you RSVP yes for this, please arrive on time, between 5:45pm and 6:00pm. Cher will be waiting outside the condo for folks to gather before everyone can get buzzed into the secure building. If you arrive after 6:00p, you might not be able to get in!

We will be reading Telegraph Avenue: A Novel by Michael Chabon. 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."

Suggested Donation: $2/attendee

As stated in my profile, I'm a broke-ass grad student, and Meetup groups cost money to run (surprise!), so... if you can contribute a buck or two, please do! This increases the likelihood that I can continue this group despite my rotten budget. If you can't, don't sweat it! It wouldn't really be fair to exclude other broke-asses. If there are extra funds from donations over the year (i.e., if the amount collected exceeds the cost of the Meetup, which is $144/year), then I will use the remaining funds for something fun for the group, like drinks/snacks for a holiday get together at the year's end.

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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    Amazing group of people and impressed with those that persevered with the book. An intelligent, thoughtful discussion. It was an appropriate first book for our group with its setting. Looking forward to Oliver Sacks next month.

    January 18, 2013

  • peter r.

    Super meet. Only 5 people but good discussion.

    January 17, 2013

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