Here kitty...

Hurry, hurry, hurry. You’ve got one week left before you toss aside your Jazz Fest boots, muddy sling chairs and all those crumbs from your third fried soft-shell crab po-boy. That’ll be all well done, till next time.

Now focus on the book at hand and that luscious mint julep you’ve been dreaming of since last Derby Day. Find a breezy porch (I’ve got one now!) and launch yourself on the wild ride that only the great master never fails to deliver.  Because, being your usual brilliant selves, you have selected:

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut,[masked] pages
“The narrator … purports to be engaged in compiling a responsibly factual account of what certain interested Americans were doing at the precise moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. ...’Cat's Cradle’ is an irreverent and often highly entertaining fantasy concerning the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists. Like the best of contemporary satire, it is work of a far more engaging and meaningful order than the melodramatic tripe which most critics seem to consider "serious." (The New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/1963/06/03/books/vonnegut-cradle.html?_r=0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iGYVUzO-dc

You can find the book in both the Jefferson and New Orleans public libraries.  It is available as an ebook and for as little as a penny, plus $3.99 shipping, online.

As always, you wonderful people, I ask you to be respectful of everyone in the group.  RSVP Yes only if you truly plan to read the book and attend.  If, for some reason, your plans change, please change the RSVP so that another happy reader may take your place. I am starting to delete members after 3 times no-show.

And for the two-fisted readers in our crew--the June selection is Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

 

 

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  • Elsa S

    It was fun to finally attend a meetup with this group after seeing events posted for several months

    May 22, 2013

  • Scott

    Always wonderful! I'm sad to leave New Orleans and the club. Please PLEASE stay in contact and let me know what y'all are reading! Contact me if you are ever in New York! Best, Scott [masked]

    May 22, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      You'll be missed! If you ever come back down, I hope you'll join us. And feel free to send interesting titles my way. Best of luck, Scott. You are terrific!

      May 22, 2013

  • Bridget C.

    excellent discussion as usual- interesting book and I still think everyone needs to read Vonnegut's short story Harrison Bergeron. Here's a link- it's really short: http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html

    May 22, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      Thanks SO much for the link. Will definitely read.

      May 22, 2013

  • Lorraine L.

    A reminder to everyone--please rate the Meetup! That helps keep things moving forward.

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the evening, thanks everyone!

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Dixie M.

    I liked it more than I thought I would, and more on the second reading than the first.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Brenda B.

    I can't come tonight. My son had a shake board accident. He is getting x-rays now. I hope to come next time

    May 21, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      So sorry to hear about the accident. Thanks for letting us know and all best wishes for speedy recovery.

      May 21, 2013

  • Kathy H.

    Have to work - sorry for late notice

    May 21, 2013

  • Dixie M.

    Hi, Was I cleared from the waitlist? I am confused.

    May 20, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      You should have received an an email from Meetup saying you were in.

      May 20, 2013

    • Dixie M.

      Yes, it was a little further down in the pile, I answered you before I got to the other message. See you tomorrow. I am looking forward to it.

      May 20, 2013

  • Andrea

    Work schedule changed :( Won't get out in time...

    May 20, 2013

  • Scott

    This is my LAST book club before I leave New Orleans : (

    I'm looking forward to one last lively book discussion with all you wonderful people! See you all tomorrow.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Francie

    Sorry to miss this. Had a work meeting come up. I hope someone can use my spot. See y'all next month.

    May 20, 2013

  • sasha

    Had to change RSVP, looks like I'll be out of town this day. :(

    May 10, 2013

  • Dixie M.

    Hi Lorraine, Maybe it's me but I don't seem to know how to get past the front page of the group's website on Meetup. In other words, how do I check in to see if I am off the waitlist? I guess I assumed someone would let me know. I have finished to book by the way.

    May 8, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      The "wait list" is an automatic system. When someone who RSVP'd "yes" drops out, the 1st person on the wait list moves in, and MEETUP will send an email letting that person know that they are in. While there are no guarantees, I cut off the wait list so that, usually, everyone on the wait list makes it in. I think everything will be clearer after you have been through a couple of cycles.

      May 8, 2013

    • Dixie M.

      Makes sense. I am glad I don't have to keep checking.

      May 9, 2013

  • Dixie M.

    Wait list! Oh dear, I just bought the book. Well, I should read it again anyway. Can I also sign up for June?

    April 29, 2013

    • Lorraine L.

      Oh so sorry about this. Be sure to check in the week before we meet, because that is when folks start dropping out. Even the day before. RSVP for June is not open yet.

      May 8, 2013

  • Doc C.

    If there's room, I'll be there.

    May 8, 2013

  • Katie A.

    I just picked up this book independently and am excited to discuss it with the group!

    April 29, 2013

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