Book Club (Ceres)

On First Tuesday of every month please come join us to talk, relax, and share discussions about the monthly book selection while we enjoy each others' company.

Meetings begins at 7 and will end around 8 or 8:30 depending on how long everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it!

All of the books are available on Amazon, at your local public library, or other book stores.

May's Book: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Sam Kean, 416 pages [Amazon]

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

Future Selections

  • August: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, Sam Kean
  • September: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan
  • October: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett (And Planning for 2014)
  • November: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins
  • December: When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, T.M. Luhrmann

About the Venue

The meetings takes place at a private residence in Ceres (just south of Modesto) with room for 8-9 (adults only please).

Our hosts, Charly and Anton, enjoy baking and will provide some goodies each month and attendees are may bring something to share as well.

Online Discussion

Before and after the meetup, please use the discussion area below to discuss your thoughts on the book. You can also use it to coordinate a book exchange, or share where you got your copy to help others. But please, no spoilers!

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  • Troy S.

    OK, I printed the PDF of next month's book because my epub and mobi conversions were not pretty. I haven't found an audiobook of "No god but God" but I have an app on my phone that will read PDFs in a mechanical voice. But I'm glad I have a printed copy to make notes on when something in the reading grabs my attention.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Laura

    Thank you for hosting this event, Charly and Anton. It was a great evening.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Shelli L. E.

    Thank you, Charly and Anton! You are great hosts, and the book club is one of the activities I look forward to most!

    August 13, 2013

  • Lauren A.

    excellent

    August 13, 2013

  • John K. B.

    First meeting. More of a get together because not too many, including me, read the book. Wonderful experience. More should start coming. Looking forward to the next one. I will have read the books.

    August 13, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Another great meetup!

    August 13, 2013

  • Freedom

    Have fun tonight!
    Can someone confirm the date/book for Sept so I can post at Stan Skeptics :-)

    August 13, 2013

    • Richard

      September: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan

      August 13, 2013

  • Tracy

    Hi.. I'm interested in the book club. Can someone tell me what book you're reading and how far you're in to it so far?

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Anton

      Basically what Troy said. Feel free to RSVP for tomorrow even if you haven't read the book. We look forward to meeting you!

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Tracy

      I sent a message to Charly but haven't heard back about the location address.

      August 13, 2013

  • Tracy

    I'm in

    August 12, 2013

  • Lauren A.

    PLEASE SEND ME THE ADDRESS!!

    August 12, 2013

    • Troy S.

      I sent the address via Facebook message but Charly sent an email earlier as well.

      August 12, 2013

  • Freedom

    I have a PTA Membership meeting that night. I am going to have to skip this one, but I want to get started on Septembers... is it still: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan?

    August 6, 2013

    • Vincent E.

      Aaaargh! School, civics and life be dashed to the rocks and hurled to the locker of one David C. Jones.

      1 · August 8, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Aaaaarrrrrggghhhhh! I love your metaphor!

      August 9, 2013

  • Lauren A.

    what is the address? your directions said somewhere near Whitmore

    August 7, 2013

    • Charly

      Sorry, I've been out of town. I send an email with the address the evening before. Looking forward to meeting you :)

      August 8, 2013

  • Lauren A.

    sounds interesting--I'd like to attend

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Troy S.

      I think you've been to my house for a movie once.

      August 7, 2013

  • Lauren A.

    I still need an address--I only got a street on my email directions

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Wrong spot, sorry!

      August 7, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Hi, Lauren! It will be nice to meet you. We have a great bunch of people playing games! Our hosts are awesome!

      August 7, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Possible topics for book club meeting

    Retroviral tinkering with DNA
    Do microbes influence our choices to their advantage
    How lifestyle choices influence are epigenetic
    Possible purposes of the nongenetic DNA

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Or-- your favorite mad person in history! Retro diagnoses! Yay!

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Finished the audiobook!

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Amanda

    Unable to come. I have a Salida civic meeting that night.

    August 5, 2013

  • Vincent E.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo­ooooooooooooo! I just found out I have Back to School Night the evening of our meeting. Ugh! Arrrgh! Grrrrtttt! Schpitzel!!! I love meeting with you guys, even when Troy hasn't read the material. Very, very bummed.

    July 28, 2013

    • Troy S.

      I will personally come to Oakdale to perform a recital of my couplet.

      2 · July 28, 2013

    • Anton

      Nooooooooooooooooooooo indeed.

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • John K. B.

    My first meeting of the club

    2 · July 20, 2013

    • Vincent E.

      Welcome, John. It's a great group with exceptional hosts. You'll have fun.

      1 · July 28, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Hey, John! You will have fun. What Vincent said!!

      July 28, 2013

  • Vincent E.

    In case any of you are interested- I was listening to Hitchens' debate with John Lennox in Birmingham. He opened his argument by mentioning a novel from 1904 in which a forged archaeological find convinced the world that Jesus was just a man. The novel goes on to describe the world from that perspective. Curious, I looked on Amazon and was surprised to find the Kindle version is free. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/When-Stor...­

    2 · July 17, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Thank you! I'll check out that book.

      July 17, 2013

    • Anton

      I've always sort of been curious about this book since Hitchens brings it up a lot.

      July 18, 2013

  • Troy S.

    I've announced karaoke on July 26 8pm on Facebook. I've suggested it to SAAF but I thought y'all might wanna know.

    July 17, 2013

  • Richard

    Done with the main text. Gunna read the endnotes now.

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Vincent E.

      By next month all you early birds will have forgotten what the book is about. :P Good think you will all have some poetry to share! :)

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      That's pretty quick, there Richard!! Yes, Vincent! Poetry or visual representation will be required by those done early. Reading endnotes already!! Hummmph! =>

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Diving into chapter 7!

    2 · July 10, 2013

    • Troy S.

      Download the audiobook from my site. I wouldn't have any of the reading done without it.

      July 11, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Cool, I will do that! Thanks, Troy!!!

      July 11, 2013

  • Shelli L. E.

    Yes, we should be, Vincent!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Troy S.

    I password protected my book directory at http://goldendrippings.com/book...­ If you would like access, please shoot me an email at [masked]

    July 4, 2013

    • Troy S.

      Username: saaf Password: hum@nit@s

      July 4, 2013

  • Troy S.

    I'm currently uploading the audiobook to http:// goldendrippings.com/books

    July 3, 2013

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