I'm sorry to change the date at the last minute. I have a work event that has come up. Hopefully the date change doesn't affect everyone's ability to attend. if so, please update your RSVP as we are on a waiting list. I can't wait to hear what everyone thought of the book!
Thanks to everyone who made it to the April Meetup. Eleven Eleven has a new menu and some wonderful desserts! Welcome to Sarah, and we hope to see more newcomers in May.
The Wine: The Wine Tap in Belleville is a great wine bar with an excellent selection, including some high-end ones that you can get by the glass. Good brick oven flatbread and the best baked brie I've ever had!
The Book: The Circle by David Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.