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March 2014 Meetup!

  • Mar 30, 2014 · 4:30 PM
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Looking forward to March discussion!  We will read the following:

Common PNW Author:  Read anything by Curt Colbert >>

Common Book:  A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane.  1994,  First in series.  A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It's about justice, about right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn't just a dirty business . . . it's deadly.

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  • Patti W.

    I ordered a copy of Seattle Noir and In A Dry Season from Amazon before I found less expensive copies elsewhere. Before I send them both back to Amazon, does anyone want to buy either from me? Say $4 each?

    April 1, 2014

  • Patti W.

    Marni is terrific! ..
    (BTW...is there ANY way to clear out the message board? I have postings on there going back to 2011!)
    I revised the whole study group to follow more of what she does in leading. Like the Osher folks, this is an articulate, well-read, interesting and diverse group of people...that's what makes it so fun. I just wish there was some way we could stay at Third Place instead of going back to that creepy coffee house.
    I do have some very simple discussion group "book report" kinds of worksheets to guide reading and discussing of literature...I'll bring some samples to the next meeting...but I think we're doing great just like we are!

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Marni

      that's a great idea, Patti! Please, bring them! And I'll go through the message boards this month, thanks for reminding me it's a task that needs to be done!

      March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      OMG - This is a tempest in a teapot.

      March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to organize more stuff to talk about next time. Getting a discussion going can be tough.

    March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marni: Socially I am like the bull in the china shop. I truly loved being at this meet up and hope everybody doesn't throw tomatoes at me when I return in April.

      March 31, 2014

    • Marni

      Sally, you got a good conversation going already! looking forward to seeing you at the next meetup and really, I mean it when I say all opinions welcome. by all means, bring more structured comments and thought provoking questions. and who knows, maybe some day a guest speaker?

      March 31, 2014

  • Patti W.

    P.S. I hope I don't offend any group members, but I can think of no better way to spoil everyone's enjoyment of a good book than to have an English professor take over the discussion. I didn't read a book for three years after I got my MA in English! And I LOVE reading!

    March 31, 2014

  • Jeffrey B.

    Sallie,
    Marni is our leader and facilitator and she does a wonderful job.
    I read on your introduction that you would like a "more structured discussion...and someone here needs to take the role of the professor..." like your previous book club who hired an English Lit professor.
    I disagree with that. This is a friendly book club, not a class. I find this group to be intelligent, respectful and fun.
    I support Marni in the manner that she leads this group.
    Thank you.

    March 30, 2014

    • Marni

      Thanks so much for this Jeffrey! Always welcome new perspective and hope that we can continue this as an ongoing conversation during the group. Although I do agree, this group hasn't really responded well to more formal presentations, we can certainly discuss if we'd like to see some changes. I just want to make sure that every time we meet, EVERYONE feels comfortable sharing and having their comments respected no matter how simple or complex!

      March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marni does do a wonderful job. I clumsily threw the professor idea and structure idea out there.

      March 31, 2014

  • Marni

    thanks for your great attitudes about the last minute change in venue. sorry it was as loud as we remembered from last year--hard to hear each other. Assume we're back at Allegro next month unless otherwise posted.

    March 30, 2014

  • Marni

    Please note: change in meeting place today!

    March 30, 2014

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