It's the most, wonderful time of the year!
December, we do it a little different . . . we get together and socialize! For this meetup, we do something I have wanted to do for a long time . . . we re-investigate a childhood book. Thanks to Aaron, we picked a favorite of mine . . . Watership Down, by Richard Adams. Here is what Amazon has to say:
Watership Down has been a staple of high-school English classes for years. Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams's bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogs between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure. The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come.
This meetup will be earlier (6ish), at my house (address listed, please note the gate code of "#3502) and is usually a little more social. We can bring friends, spouses, any one! And if the individual is NOT a book reader (as so many of our contemporaries are not) that is fine. We will have many "non-bookies" there as well, and they are not required to join the book discussion.
Please bring something to share, and I will cover the basics and drinks! I love this meetup, it has traditionally been one of my favorites, and I look forward to getting to know everyone better!
Message me if you have any questions, and let's make this one of our biggest and best meetups EVER!
Shelly Y. Hughes-Tetu