Williamsburg book club

On Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., we'll meet to discuss a work of nonfiction, "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Science in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum.  According to Amazon.com:

"Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer).  A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice."

Just in time for making Thanksgiving dinner, too!  Come see some friends and have a good discussion without carpal tunnel kicking in!

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  • Lisa P.

    It was great to meet you and Jesse - I hope you'll be able to join us often before heading back to Hawaii. Have a great time today at Jamestown!

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it, everybody!!!! Thanks so much to Bob and Lisa, and thanks to everyone who came. It was so much fun:)

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it! Running about 20 minutes late though. So sorry!!!

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I am not able to attend tonight's meeting. I have come down with the flu and will spare you from sharing my germs. I did love the book!!

    November 16, 2013

    • Bob P.

      I'm so sorry to hear this. We'll be looking forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! I'm Paula:)Tomorrow night is our first meeting, and we are looking forward to it very much. Hubby just finished TPH tonight. I had read it last year but really enjoyed rereading it. There is so much fascinating info, it was not repetitive at all. I could probably read it 2 more times and hit on new things. Great pick! Question for any regular attendees, what kind of foods do people usually bring, and is a 6 pack of beer , or a bottle of wine welcome? Can't wait to meet everyone:)

    November 15, 2013

    • Jessica

      I'm not sure I'm willing to eat anyone else's snacks but mine....

      November 15, 2013

    • Dan N.

      Hopefully they won't be themed!

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good afternoon. I have changed my decision about joining you this weekend. I forgot that I am going in for minor surgery tomorrow in Richmond. I will be back in Wburg Saturday, but I forgot that there will be some bruising. So, rather than scare everyone, I decided to change my RSVP. I thoroughly enjoyed "Poisoner's Handbook" though and thanks for recommending it. Thanks again and sorry about the short notice.

    November 14, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Sorry to hear you won't be there. Good luck with surgery, and hope to see you soon!

      November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Lisa and Bob...I was slow on the sign up for this meeting...if space opens up, please let me know. : )

    November 14, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      if you're free to come, come anyway! It'll be good to see you again!

      1 · November 14, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      I also just raised the sign-up limit to 20 to help with anyone else who wants to come!

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks!!! Looking forward to seeing you. May I amend my RSVP to plus one as my husband would love to attend as well.

    1 · October 29, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Sounds good. See you in a couple weeks!

      October 30, 2013

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