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2014 Schedule & Book List...

  • Jan 4, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • East West Cafe, Howarth Park

Here is our proposed list of Walking Book Club dates and books, along with an overview of the club.


* The Walking Book Club is an entirely volunteer activity organized by women who like to walk, like to read, and enjoy the perspectives of other women who enjoy the same. We have no sponsors or paid endorsers.

* We use to notify members of meetings, gather RSVP, send out questions for the books we read, gather lists of future books, etc. Meetup charges $12-$15/month. In 2014, we may ask members to pay $12/year to pay for the website costs.

* There are ideally four or five women who lead the monthly discussions, make the reservation with the restaurant, etc. One co-organizer, now Jan, is in charge of the Meet-up website, collecting fees, and paying for the website. In the warmer, drier months, we typically meet by the boat dock picnic benches Spring Lake Park, then walk from there. Co-organizers back each other up for meetings in the event that the organizer of meeting has an emergency, etc.

* Due to summer parking struggles at the park during warmer months, we typically meet earlier in the morning (8 or 8:30am). During winter months, we typically meet later (9AM), unless otherwise posted by that month's organizer.

* When we meet at East/West Cafe (or an equivalent restaurant), we ask that members note the cost of the item(s) they order, multiple it by 1.3 (to cover both tax and a tip), and pay with cash. This payment method has worked really well, everyone left happy, the restaurant welcomes us back, and no one gets stuck with a bill.

* Book titles are suggested by members and we periodically update the calendar and book list below, with members voting and agreeing on the books we will read and discuss.

Happy reading!


=*=*=*=January 4th=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Julie

o Book: Where did you go, Bernadette? 

o Location/Time: East/West Cafe at 9AM

Where Did You Go Bernadette
by Maria Semple
352 pages
The funny and satirical story of a missing mother and the search for her through a myriad of quirky characters and a nontraditional narrative.

=*=*=*=February 1st=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Lisa

o Book: Beautiful Ruins

o Location/Time: East/West Cafe at 9AM

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
337 pages (paperback)
This is a story that traverses from post-war Italy to modern-day Hollywood and then back again that begins with an Italian man seeing an American starlet from his hotel.

=*=*=*=March 1st=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Julie

o Book:  Devil in the White City

o Location/Time: East/West Cafe at 9AM

Devil in The White City
by Erik Larsen
447 pgs
A true story that intertwines the tale of the 1893 World's Fair and a serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death, combining meticulous factual research with nail-biting storytelling.

=*=*=*=April 5th=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Judy

o Book: Flight Behavior

o Location/Time: TBD -- Spring Lake Park at 9AM?

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver
610 pgs
Set in present day Appalachia, the novel is a parable of catastrophe and denial that explores the complexities of environmental dilemmas as seen through the eyes of a young mother in rural Tennessee and how her discovery energizes religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians, and her family.  ==> Caution:  Some members reported that the book starts very slow and they preferred skipping the first 100 pages, but the rest of the book and the ending were great for discussion.

=*=*=*=May 3rd=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Jan

o Book: Life and Times of the Thunder Bolt Kid

o Location/Time:  TBD -- Spring Lake Park at 8:30AM?

The Life and times of The Thunderbolt Kid
by Bill Bryson
288 pgs
A vivid, nostalgic and funny memoir of growing up in the middle of the US in the 1950's

=*=*=*=June 7th=*=*=*=

o Organizer: Jan

o Book: Underground

o Location/Time:  TBD -- Spring Lake Park at 8:30AM?

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Author: Haruki Murakami
366 pages
An exploration of the Japanese psyche within the context of the 1995 event where followers of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed lethal gas into cars of the Tokyo subway system.

***July 5th*** Cancel due to holiday?

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***August 2nd***

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***September 6th***

o Organizer:  Christen

o Book: The 100-Year-Old Man

o Location/Time:  Spring Lake Park at 8:30AM

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
By Jonas Jonasson
Lighthearted book - After evading his 100 year birthday, the story unfolds into an unexpected journey.

***October 4th***

o Organizer:  Julie

o Book: Oryx and Crake

o Location/Time:  Spring Lake Park at 8:30AM

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
400 pgs
The first of a trilogy, this is a futuristic post-apocalyptic novel showing what can happen when today's existing bio-technology goes unchecked, as seen through the eyes of "The Snowman" -- a character who has witnessed the before and after.

***November 1st***

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***December 6th***

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Additional Books Proposed for 2014:


Author: Charles Mann
392 pages
The Americas before Columbus

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
by Daniel Tammet
226 pages
One of the worlds’ fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story – and explain how his incredible mind works.

Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling,
505 pages
A death happens in a small English village and then the readers get a detailed look into the village (this is NOT like Harry Potter), it is written for adults.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Author: Jenny Lawson
? pages

Mountains beyond Mountains
Author: Tracy Kidder
301 pages
Story of Dr. Paul Farmer

Author: Jean Sasson
? pages

by Laura Hillenbrand
496 pgs
A biography of survival and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit for a WWII Bombardier including time as a POW

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Welcome to the group, Ronnie! It's a lot of fun. Looking forward to meeting you. Warmly, --Melissa

    December 12, 2013

  • Ronnie M.

    I'm RSVPing for the January Book event. Intriguing title. I am also really wanting to read Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Also looking forward to the Murakami book and meeting new readers and walkers!

    December 12, 2013

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