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1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The good thing about snow days: more time to stay inside and read. One way to look at it, anyway. But first, here's your Jeopardy "Daily Double" for $200:

• In 2006, it was one of the runners-up in the "What is the Greatest Work of American Fiction in the Last 25 Years?" contest held by the New York Times Book Review.

Um. What is American Pastoral by Philip Roth, the March 2014 selection for TWO MEETINGS of the Brooklyn Pulitzer Prize Book Club?

Two meetings? Why, yes! For those of you who missed it, we tried an experiment last time. The group has grown a lot in the past 2-3 years, and we now have nearly 200 members. But, we limit our Meetups to 12 people, because discussions can get unwieldy with more than that. That means we typically have a long wait-list, which leads to frustration and disappointment. Last month, we tried an experiment -- holding two meetups for the same book -- but the results were inconclusive. So, we'll try it again and see what happens.

For March, we'll have two Meetup sessions to discuss this book about the chaos and discord beneath the dreamy American landscape. That way, if you can't get a seat at the table for our session on Sunday March 16th, perhaps you'll be able to join us on Monday, March 17th. (The idea is that you'll pick the date that works best for you, unless you really, really want to talk about this book twice.)

As always, we'd love to have you join us, even if you haven't read the whole thing, if you've never come before, or you haven't been here in months. We don't care. We're not one of those clique-y groups. Come on by and pull up a chair.

Black Mountain has 25 lovely wines available for your drinking pleasure, tasty small plates, and a comfortable vibe. Come join us on Sunday, March 16th!

Happy reading,

P.S. #1: Oh, about the $1 fee: Meetup charges $12+/month to maintain a Meetup group, so this is just an attempt to defray some of that cost.

P.S.#2: If you do need to cancel for some reason, please do so with as much advance notice as possible. We’ve now got more than 190 members, and even with two Meetups, we may well have a waiting list for our events. By canceling as soon as you can, you enable others to participate as well, which is nice for all.


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  • Michael B.

    Great book and great discussion

    March 17, 2014

  • Khris S.

    Sorry - I forgot I have tickets to see a play on Sunday! Have fun.

    March 15, 2014

  • Nashira P.

    Never mind, looks like I won't be able to discuss this book with the group after all. My sister is visiting so I'll be unavailable. But I hope you all have a wonderful discussion!

    March 14, 2014

  • Nashira P.

    I had to change my plans last minute and won't be able to go to the Monday meeting as I had originally planned. If there's anyone who decides to switch or isn't able to come, please update the RSVP so I'm not intruding on an over-crowded table. Thanks!

    March 10, 2014

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