December Social & Book Exchange

  • Dec 16, 2012 · 1:30 PM
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Winter holiday season is coming. Let’s celebrate three years of intellectually stimulating
discussion by having a social gathering and book exchange. Last year, we had a lot of
fun, and everyone went home with a book to read over the Christmas break. Let us hope
this will become a joyful tradition for years to come!

For our December 16 meetup, instead of having a pre-selected topic of conversation,
we’ll socialize informally and get to know each other a little better while exchanging gift
books and eating holiday treats. Regarding the books, please bring an inexpensive one
with a historical theme. And when I say “inexpensive,” I mean just that. “Gently used”
is fine. I positively, absolutely don’t wont you to spend very much on it! We’re not out
to impress people – merely to enlighten them. For example, my favorite Goodwill in
Hollywood usually has a huge selection of books, and the typical price is $4. Please
suggest your favorite spots to pick up low-priced books in the comments.

The book should be on a historical or philosophical subject, in keeping with our meetup
theme. You’ll be asked to say a few words to your fellow history lovers about why you
chose this book and how it would be of interest to them.

Also, please bring some Christmas food to share (such as cookies, brownies or cake – but
I’m not averse to a salad or veggie sticks, either. I’m thinking red and green pepper strips
would be festive!) Our host will have a pot of apple cider on the stove. This time, you
will NOT be asked for a donation to cover the cost of running this meetup, since you are
already bringing a book. (And by the way, thanks for your contributions during the year.
They pay for the MeetUp internet website fees.)

Please note: there’ll be no meeting in November. Regular meetings will resume in
January, and the topic for January will be “European Revolutions of 1848”.

See you December 16! Share some good conversation and treats, and leave with a book.

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  • Arthur Z.

    The gathering today is very good and interesting. I got three books finally, thanks a lot for all your sharing.

    For those who have interests in the book I recommended but did not get it, they can go below site to download PDF file:
    The copies are also available on Amazon:

    What is more, the Shen Yun Performance I referred is also history related. Like the Renaissance in Italy, Shen Yun described their mission as "reviving 5,000 years of civilization." NYT also reported this show as "5000 one night."

    You can see video clips here.

    Have a great new week.

    2 · December 16, 2012

    • Peggy

      Thanks Arthur, for sharing. I am enjoying your contributions to the group, and look forward to learning more.

      1 · December 16, 2012

    • Arthur Z.

      Thank you! Happy Holiday!

      December 17, 2012

  • Alexandra

    It was wonderful to see you all! I had very good time. Thanks to Laura for opening her home for this event. Thanks to everybody who came for good food and good books.

    I'd like to give special thanks to Elan for the delicious potato pancakes. I know it's very time-consuming to prepare them!

    Now, I'll be looking forward to seeing you guys in January. Let's get serious and talk about the Revolutions of 1848!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Arthur Z.

    Interesting and fun. I learnt a lot.

    December 16, 2012

  • Tim D.

    It was fun. I even learned something.

    2 · December 16, 2012

  • Michelle

    Hi all:) got stuck up here in the SCV today. Hope to meet y'all soon

    December 16, 2012

  • Alexandra

    To those who are undecided: you can RSVP "yes" on the day of the event, AS LONG AS THERE'S ROOM. Sorry, Laura's home can only comfortably host 20 people.

    To those who said they'll come: I hope to see you there. If, however, something unexpected comes up, MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE YOUR RSPV ACCORDINGLY.

    Thanks and looking forward to it!

    December 4, 2012

  • ellen

    Found many great selections of historical books, slightly used, at my library. Money goes toward supporting the library and books cost between $2 - $4. Thanks for this wonderful group.

    December 4, 2012

  • Ursula

    Many libraries have small "Book Nooks" where gently used books are for sale with proceeds going to the library.

    November 5, 2012

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