In One Person by John Irving

This stunning novel covers pivotal times spanning more than 50 years in the life of Billy, who is bisexual and, as he sees it, attracted to the wrong people.

"Billy is not me," writes Irving. "He comes from my imagining what I might have been like if I’d acted on all my earliest impulses as a young teenager."

Direct link on Amazon: ow.ly/gsoZt. The book is now available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook. Get started early -- it's a 450-page book.

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  • jackie l.

    So many perspectives & insights were shared

    March 25, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I got so much out of this discussion!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    Excellent group, terrific discussion, nice host. Thank you, Cheryl!

    2 · March 24, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Great group today and thank you Cheryl for hosting!

    2 · March 24, 2013

  • Jesse S.

    Sorry to miss as well.. I am still 150 pages from finishing, but must say this is a great book suggestion.. thanks! Hope you all have a great time.. jesse

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Joan P.

      Jesse and Shawna, if you're almost done and don't mind having the ending(s) spoiled, you can still come. You might enjoy discussing what you've read and listening to us discuss the many revelations of the end. Your choice.

      1 · March 24, 2013

    • Jesse S.

      Thanks so much for the offer.. this is actually a book I would have loved to discuss..

      March 24, 2013

  • Shawna

    Sorry to drop out so late. See you all next time. :)

    March 23, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Some interesting John Irving interviews:

    "I'm not bisexual -- I'm straight," says Irving in this short video:
    http://video.answers.com/john-i...­

    "It's a novel about our lingering, still-with-us, sexual intolerance... Billy is not me, but as a young boy, I was attracted to just about everyone." Irving on CBS This Morning:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/wa...­

    "Strong characters among sexual outsiders and misfits better know who they are, because they're always being judged by the mainstream world...This is a novel about how difficult it is to really truly be tolerant about everyone's sexual identity." Irving discusses In One Person in video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, found this meetup one day prior to your meeting. Next time!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    Please let me know an address of the next meeting. Thanks!

    March 20, 2013

    • Joan P.

      Dmitriy, please RSVP yes first. Thanks.

      March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all.

    March 19, 2013

  • Joan P.

    No men coming to discuss this book? Hey, guys!

    March 19, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I just sent the address Tues, 3/19, 7:40 pm. If you RSVP "yes" after that, please email me for the address and directions.

    March 19, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I'll email address Tues -- on a plane right now.

    March 18, 2013

  • jackie l.

    I've not received an email with th address??

    March 18, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    Hmm, appears the meeting will be located at the Press Democrat on Mendocino. Is this correct?

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has the map been emailed? I see above where it says map, but no address.

    March 18, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    I have to admit that his ADHD approach to telling his story, jumping from here to there and back again, made it a bit hard for me to get into this. I admit that it's effective to set the personality of the character though, and once in, I'm impressed.

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Shawna

      Mary read the book last week and made the same remark about it. :)

      1 · March 12, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      John Irving has a way of making reading an experience in itself, which is fascinating and brings the characters to life.

      2 · March 12, 2013

  • Christine O.

    Unfortunately, I'll be out of town; so sorry to miss seeing all of you! I am looking forward to reading the book anyway!

    March 12, 2013

  • Cheryl M.

    Started reading today and I'm totally into this!!!
    My mom started too and she's already past chapter 3!!!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Patti C.

    Oh, I did love this book. We leave India soon but don't get to Sonoma until May 1. See you after that!

    March 10, 2013

  • Laura Maslin B.

    My kids will be home for spring break, so I won't be able to make this meeting.

    March 10, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I've got Cheryl's address in Santa Rosa, will send it out the week of the event -- please RSVP before then to get the address by email.

    March 4, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Can anyone volunteer a home for this meeting?

    March 3, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Not sure if I'll get it finished in time, but I like having a deadline to work toward. It gives me an excuse to break from my computer and read fiction!

    February 22, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    I love John Irving and am sure I will enjoy reading this latest book in soft cover

    January 1, 2013

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