July Meetup

This month we will be reading Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison.

Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and closeknit clan known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Nicknamed Bone by her Uncle Earle, Ruth Anne is the bastard child of Anney Boatwright, who has fought tirelessly to legitimize her child. When she marries Glen, a man from a good family, it appears that her prayers have been answered. However, Anney suffers a miscarriage and Glen begins drifting. He develops a contentious relationship with Bone and then begins taking sexual liberties with her. Embarrassed and unwilling to report these unwanted advances, Bone bottles them up and acts out her confusion and shame. Unaware of her husband's abusive behavior, Anney stands by her man. Eventually, a violent encounter wrests Bone away from her stepfather. In this first novel, Allison creates a rich sense of family and portrays the psychology of a sexually abused child with sensitivity and insight. Recommended for general fiction collections.
-Kimberly G. Allen, National Assn. of Home Builders Lib., Washington, D.C.

Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. I will supply at least one bottle of wine.) There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to attend. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people. 

Remember that Books, Inc. provides book club members a 15% discount on the books we are reading for the meetup. Call ahead to make sure they have a copy available for you. They can also arrange to have books shipped to you. 

Parking and transportation: 

Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free at this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free on Sundays. (Regularly $0.50/hr) The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street. The bookstore is also not too far from the Fruitvale BART Station on Oakland. It is an easy bus ride from there. Arrangements can also be made with the organizer and/or other members for rides to and from the BART. Just post requests and availability to the comments, or e-mail me through the web page links.

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  • Steve S.

    Another enjoyable meeting hearing what others thought of the book

    July 30

  • Aria

    I am sorry I didn't make this meeting. I am a slow reader but I still plan to finish the book.

    July 27

    • Gary

      Never feel as if you shouldn't attend if you haven't finished the book. It is pretty common, and you'll not be made to feel badly. You're always welcome to simply come and listen and contribute as you feel comfortable.

      1 · July 27

  • Valerie K.

    Such a good book and i just saw and heard the author read at the OLOC conference... and i am running late and won't get to the discussion today. So sorry.
    I hope the next book selected will be another well-written one. I love good writing.

    July 27

  • Patricia M.

    Sorry I have a memorial to attend that day in S.F.
    Not sure when I will get back.
    I am reading it though !

    July 24

  • Gary

    Patricia, for the most part, book selections are based on book club member suggestions; so I can't totally take credit for all the choices (other than when we actually read them, that is).

    July 22

  • Gabriela D.

    I've loved the book!

    July 21

  • Patricia M.

    You have such good taste in books !
    thanks Gary.

    July 20

  • Gary

    Nothing special other than what is posted in the announcements. Welcome!

    July 20

  • rohit

    Newly joined member here, keen to become a regular member of this club.. anything to be aware of, or know of before I make my way over?

    July 19

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