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October Book Discussion - The Black Hour by Lori Rader Day

This is another author meetup opportunity. Lori Rader Day is from Chicago and this is her latest book. It won't become available until July 8th, but for those of you who get your books from the library this gives you plenty of time to talk your library into ordering the book.

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For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. 

He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?

All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on.

Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval.  Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet. 

Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    For my first meeting, I did enjoy that the author was present. I always wanted to know how the writing process varies from author to author. I felt the book was a bit slow in the middle, but didn't feel comfortable saying that to Lori-especially since it's her first book. Flight 112 has a menu a bit strange for my taste & it was crazy hot for the longest time. Plus, the parking was horrible. I would prefer a different location, (although Elmhurst is the perfect town) but otherwise I loved the conversation and different opinions!

    October 15, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Yes that would be great. I usually snag a spot at the train station.

      October 15, 2014

    • Leslie M.

      I agree that it would be difficult to find a place as accommodating as Flight 112. Some places will not provide a private area without charging or are very noisy. And the staff there is good - I've been to a few places (with another book club) that pretty much ignores us.

      1 · October 18, 2014

  • Jennifer S

    I really enjoyed hearing about the inner workings of authorship and book development. Thanks for going the extra mile Lisa S!

    1 · October 16, 2014

  • Lalita J.

    I thought it was really interesting to hear about how an author relates to her book and the characters in it. I was particularly intrigued by her description of how the plot and characters became apparent to her over time, rather than everything being outlined in advance. A really interesting experience to have such a wonderfully informal dialogue with an author after having read her book!

    2 · October 15, 2014

  • Colleen

    Thanks Lisa..
    I thought the setting of Flight 112 was great! Loved the wine and the menu fit well with atmosphere of the bar. It was fun to try a new selection.
    Lori was a fantastic addition to the discussion. Her experience with writing the book helped to make the reading experience more fulfilling.
    Four Stars because 5 would be too many :)
    See You next time!

    1 · October 15, 2014

    • Lisa S

      LOL Colleen about the 5 starts. So glad you could join us and thank you for the book ;>

      1 · October 15, 2014

  • Wendy D.

    I thought it was a great author visit. She was very humorous and told some fascinating stories. And even if you didn't like the book, there is always something to talk about, questions to ask.....her telling of how she wrote the book was most interesting.

    1 · October 15, 2014

  • Patti

    Great!

    October 15, 2014

  • Tracey

    Sorry I have to drop out tonight due to work

    October 14, 2014

  • Erin

    I had to cancel, tonight is last night for Field Hockey for my daughter. This was a great book.

    October 14, 2014

  • Lisa

    Hi all,
    Going to have to work tonight so if someone needs my spot go ahead. Have fun!

    October 14, 2014

  • Lynn K.

    Hi Lisa
    Have a meeting in Wiscinsin and don't know if I will be back in time. Going to take my name off the list so some else can have the spot. Enjoyed the book.

    October 13, 2014

  • Lisa S

    Hello Everyone! Don't forget to update your RSVP if you will be unable to attend on Tuesday. Thanks!!

    1 · October 12, 2014

  • Lisa S

    I contacted our publicist to reconfirm Lori's visit with us and she will be there. Since we have a waiting list, if you discover you won't be able to attend, please change your RSVP. Thanks!

    1 · September 24, 2014

  • Lisa S

    Hello Everyone, since I was able to collect surplus dues at the last meeting (enough to pay for another month on Meetup) this meeting is on the house. Free! Use those two dollars to upgrade your glass of wine. Look forward to seeing everyone there. A reminder...this is an author visit, the second one this year. So the book is a little different that what we usually list for our books. If we get good feedback on this visit I may schedule another author for next year.

    2 · September 23, 2014

    • Colleen

      Lisa. This will be my first book club meetup with you girls. However Im on the wait list, do you think it will open up? Im about mid way through the book. I'm enjoying it!
      Also is there a way to contribute to the meetup group? I'd be happy to contribute. Sounds like a great group :)

      September 23, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Hi Colleen so glad you asked! I know I have a biased opinion, but you would have to go far to find a group of more deeply thoughtful women. Plan on coming if you can get the book. We do have cancellations, but since this is your first time it would be great to have you come. Usually I invite everyone on the wait list anyway, but last month we just couldn't because we had so many attend. With regards to contribution, that is so sweet of you to offer. Usually I just ask for a $2 donation at the beginning of each month to pay for meetup upkeep. Since we had 20 people last month that was more than enough to pay for this months dues too. Welcome aboard and we look forward to meeting you!

      1 · September 23, 2014

  • Jennifer S

    Has anyone had difficulty getting this book?

    September 4, 2014

    • Lisa S

      It is available as both Kindle or paperback on Amazon. There is still enough time that if you ask your local library to order it they might do it. Otherwise I saw it for around $12 on there.

      September 4, 2014

  • Patti

    Couldn't get from the library, too long of a wait. Bought it yesterday for my Kindle without a problem

    1 · September 4, 2014

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