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Dive Bar Book Club OC Meetup


Welcome to the Dive Bar Book Club OC!!! We're a fun group, so if you like to have a couple of cocktails in a great little place, and talk about a great read, join us!!

On the second Tuesday of each month, we'll meet in a different place in the general area of HB, NB, Irvine, Costa Mesa or Tustin. Dive bar, or upscale bar, we'll mix it up each month.

Join us - the goal is to laugh, have a great, interesting discussion on a bestseller book, and enjoy our libations while we're doing it!! If you like contemporary fiction and can handle your liquor, we want to meet you!! Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2012: It is only January, but Adam Johnson’s astonishing novel is destined to cast a long shadow over the year in books. Jun Do is The Orphan Master’s Son, a North Korean citizen with a rough past who is working as a government-sanctioned kidnapper when we first meet him. He is hardly a sympathetic character, but sympathy is not author Johnson’s aim. In a totalitarian nation of random violence and bewildering caprice—a poor, gray place that nonetheless refers to itself as “the most glorious nation on earth”—an unnatural tension exists between a citizen’s national identity and his private life. Through Jun Do’s story we realize that beneath the weight of oppression and lies beats a heart not much different from our own—one that thirsts for love, acceptance, and hope—and that realization is at the heart of this shockingly believable, immersive, and thrilling novel. --Chris Schluep


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  • Shane

    Wonderful creation, Michelle, thank you.
    Made a believer outta me.
    Can't wait for the next time we meet.

    March 12, 2014

  • Bill V.

    Another nice evening. Interesting perspectives on the book, North Korea, and social/psychological issues. Another great job by Michelle of keeping the discussion on track and sharing her passion with the group. I look forward to the next meeting.

    March 12, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Great to see our intimate group, even to discuss N. Korea

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun! great , passionate opinions.

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Oh I wish I weren't sick- Sorry to miss my first book club but will start on the second book as I lay in bed with the Kleenex box. See you next month...

    March 11, 2014

  • Elena R

    I'm sorry Michelle, looks like I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. That's a bummer. Really wanted to come and hear what everyone thinks of this month's book. :-(

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I will not be able to attend. Looking forward to a new book, though.

    March 10, 2014

  • Ellyn L.

    Hi, still not strong enough to go out in the evening after work, so I will have to pass this time again. I really hope to make it next month. Have fun, everyone, as you always do!

    March 10, 2014

  • Jackie L.

    Can't make this. I will be in Huntington Beach and will get there too late.

    March 8, 2014

  • Bill M.

    OK - Will Durty Nelly's have food this time? I'm calling at 3 and volunteering to cook if they have no one working the kitchen!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Michelle

      Ha! I will be taking care of that problem today!! Let you know if we need your cheeseburger making skills bill!!!

      1 · March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is Aprils book going to be? If you do not mind telling us!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hi jay! It's before the poison by Robinson. A good little murder mystery. Missed you last month! Hope to see you at the next meetup!!

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Michelle! I just missed you last month as I arrived late! I read the darn book too! ( for a change) Thank you for the head start on April, See you soon!

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Wendy W.

    I am unable to attend tomorrow's due to illness. What is the book for the next meetup?

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hi Wendy it's the orphan masters son a Pulitzer Prize winner. Hope to see you there!!

      February 26, 2014

  • alex

    Hi everyone! Just a quick reminder to fill out my survey if you have a moment. Five $20 gift cards will be awarded tomorrow night, so don't miss a chance to get your next book club selection paid for:)

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Jennifer Miller S.

    My first meetup - looking forward to meeting you all!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Evangeline

    Plus 1

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend.

    1 · January 1, 2014

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