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January 2013 Meetup: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Welcome to our four new members: Angie, Julia, Juliann and Katie. I believe I can speak for the oldtimers in saying we were very pleased with the preparation and insightful comments by all of our "newbies!"

"The God of Small Things" presented challenges, with its unusual writing style and the bouncing about among multiple timeframes. Some of us found those quirks irritating and distracting, while others identified them as the strengths of this novel. The author's portrayal of the human tragedies resulting from a traditional Indian society held in the grip of ancient paternalism and a rigid caste system certainly made for a lively discussion!

Our next selection, national bestseller "The Lost City of Z," was written by The New Yorker staff writer David Grann. The subtitle is "A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon," and this book is a well researched recounting of "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century." I've started this novel. Be warned that it is very hard to put down!

Please remember to bring your suggestions on January 17 for our upcoming book list. We welcome a wide variety of genres and styles, both fiction and non-fiction. Have a wonderful holiday season and we hope to see you next year!

Ron Elkins

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  • Ron

    Once I started reading The Lost City of Z, I literally couldn't put it down! Once finished, I Googled other sources for more information. Only AFTER you have completed the book, due to the presence of spoilers, you may want to listen to a 34-minute interview with author David Grann about his research and travel in putting together this acclaimed book.
    It can be found on the Writer's Voice website at:

    Don't miss reading this fascinating in-depth examination of human beings coping in life and death circumstances, and its overarching historical account of the continuing clash of modern society with ancient indigenous cultures.

    December 20, 2012

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