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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Lead by Lisa)

  • Feb 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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=*=*=*=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?

o Organizer:

o Book:

o Location/Time:

***August 2nd***

o Organizer:  To be determined... 

o Book:  ****PROPOSED****  Princess by Jean Sasson (A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia) 304 pages

o Location/Time: To be determined... 

***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***

o Organizer: To be determined

o Book:  ****PROPOSED****  Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng  (A first-hand account of China's cultural revolution.)

o Location/Time:  To be determined

***December 6th***

o Organizer:  To be determined

o Book:   To be determined

o Location/Time:   To be determined

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  • Mary C.

    Enjoyed the book--the diversity of characters held my interest

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As usual the talk and the walk were very enjoyable.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great group to walk and talk with... despite which book we read. Thanks everyone!

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute notice, but something important came up so I won't be able to attend.
    I hope someone from the wait list can make it after all.

    January 31, 2014

  • jeanne

    did not get the book on time,so if anyone wants my spot,let me know.maybe someday i will get a kindle.

    January 31, 2014

  • Lisa N.

    Hi there, I posted the discussion questions on the the discussion board...see you soon!

    January 26, 2014

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