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February Meetup- If Today Be Sweet

Come join us for a discussion of If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

We will meet at Red Hook Coffee & Tea (4th St between Fitzwater & Catharine), with some beverages compliments of the book club.

We will be wrapped up by 8:30pm.

At the end of our discussion we will vote on the book for January and February's meetup. The choices will be posted once they have been selected.

March's meetup info can be found here.

Note - ***please avoid No-Shows*** -- do your best to not take up a Yes spot unless you are sure you can be there - we generally have a full house! If your RSVP changes, please update it on the site accordingly. Finishing the book is ideal but not a requirement, as we often juggle a lot in the day-to-day! We do, however, appreciate attendees attempting to complete the book, as it makes for a fuller discussion. Our talks as well as our book choices are always quite varied and enriching. :)

If you need to reach me via cell, it is[masked] - texting is preferred. Happy reading! See you there!

Miranda

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the camaraderie and the discussion. It was a new adventure.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it! My friend Debbie will be coming as my guest.

    January 30, 2013

  • Will B.

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    'd like to suggest "The Finkler Question"by Howard Jacobsen, or "Damned" by Churck Palahniuk or possibly "The Prague Cemetary" by Umberto Eco". All are at Barnes/Noble, Amazon and most likely Phila Library.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Book choices for April

    #3 Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson 2005, 247 pages
    "In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War," then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father--an ardent pacifist--and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state."

    Robinson's second novel. I read the first, "Housekeeping", and thought it was great. Prose that reads almost like poetry--may be good or bad, depending on your taste.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Book choices for April

    #2 The Life and Loves of a She Devil, by Fay Weldon 1983, 288 pages
    "When Ruth's unfaithful and unappreciative husband Bobbo calls her a she-devil, she decides to appropriate that identity with a vengeance and take a different spot in the power relations of the world. She wants revenge, power, money, and "to be loved and not love in return". Specifically, Ruth wants to bring about the downfall of her husband's lover, Mary Fisher, a pretty, blonde romance novelist who lives in a tower by the sea and lacks for neither love nor money nor power.
    "Ruth commences her elaborate revenge by burning down her own home and dumping her surly children with Mary and Bobbo. She continues on a literally shape-shifting quest in which she changes identities; gains skill, power, and money.

    Very black comedy

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Book choices for April

    #1 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark 1961, 160 pages

    "Set in 1930s Edinburgh, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the story of a charismatic schoolmistress and her influence on the pupils of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls. One group of girls in her junior class become known throughout the school as 'the Brodie set', and Miss Brodie herself calls them the crème de la crème. "Miss Brodie's teaching methods are flamboyant and unconventional. She shows an airy disregard for the formal curriculum, choosing to teach her class about Italian Renaissance Art, the virtues (as Miss Brodie sees it) of Mussolini's Fascist regime and her own love life at the expense of long division and the dates of famous Scottish battles. This cavalier and individualistic attitude brings her into conflict with the headmistress, Miss Mackay."

    One of my favorite movies of all time--and I have seen the play as well--but I have never read the book.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still haven't got the book, so I'll just see you all in March.

    December 6, 2012

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