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November Meetup

Thanks to everyone who attended October's meetup. A lot of interesting discussion of the two chosen books and their characters, especially Holly Golightly who as expected divided opinion. The books voted in for November are

Richard Bach - Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (nominated by Ruth)

In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders ... until he meets Donald Shimoda - former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar...

In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal New York Times bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar ... that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them ... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places - like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.

Chuck Palahniuk - Damned (nominated by Jim)

'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison'

Meet Madison, whip-tongued daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, abandoned at a Swiss boarding school over Christmas while her parents are off adopting more orphans. Madison dies of a marijuana overdose and awakes to find herself in Hell, sharing her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that's almost too good to be true.

Welcome to the afterlife as only Palahniuk could imagine it - he makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

There were many interesting nominations this month. I'll put the details of the other nominations on the message board.

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  • irene m.

    Well discussed, 2books next months look good

    November 12, 2013

  • irene m.

    Thanks Ruth, I dialyse 3 times a week for four hours so I need page turners, helps to pass the time

    October 20, 2013

    • irene m.

      Thanks most of the books suggested I have read! a suitable boy wS started about 12 yrears ago I will have to start at the beginning as I can't remember half of the charact

      November 12, 2013

    • irene m.

      Ers and there was a cast of thousands,we seem to have the same taste, my son recommended the ghengis khan books,so I must try them thanks again

      November 12, 2013

  • catherine h.

    Apologies - I got this message at 18.17 and there's no way I can get there now, am still at work. Had assumed I wouldn't get in as hadn't heard.

    November 11, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Don't think I'll be able to keep my eyes open unfortunately. Hope you all have a good time and fingers crossed I make December!

    November 11, 2013

  • Peter J

    After months of waiting to get on the list, the night comes around and I've had so much work on I haven't had a second to read the books! Aaaaarrghh! Sorry I have to pull out, hopefully someone can take my place and I can aim for next month.

    November 10, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    Hello all, I'm just wondering if anyone else on this list might be interested in getting a wee southside book group going. This one seems to book up really quickly, and there doesn't seem to be anything doing south of the river...

    November 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Andrew- I'm in East Kilbride and would be very interested in a south side group

      November 8, 2013

    • Andrew B.

      Excellent! We should make this happen. Do you fancy meeting up for a drink somewhere to talk about it?

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to join this group but it appears to be a "closed book" - can you suggest any other local book groups - many thanks

    October 27, 2013

    • Andrew B.

      you're not on the southside are you? i've been wondering for a while about trying to get a book group going south of the river...

      November 8, 2013

  • irene m.

    Thank you looking forward to it

    October 23, 2013

  • irene m.

    Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your offer, I'ii wait till the end of the month, I've got the others to read which I downloaded, thanks again

    October 23, 2013

  • irene m.

    Hi Ruth Tried to download Illusions, was told it has not been released yet???

    October 23, 2013

    • Ruth M.

      I have just investigated and it looks as though it is due to be released on kindle at the end of this month. That is certainly enough time to read it if you want to wait till then. Otherwise, I am happy to lend you my copy for a while.

      October 23, 2013

  • irene m.

    Can you tell me the name of the book with the 5 or 6 women living in Afghanistan and the author, I fancy reading that too. I also assume if someone cancels I get first dibs.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Ruth M.

      It's called "The little coffee shop of Kabul" by Deborah Rodriguez. I've put it on my kindle already. It certainly sounds interesting. Maybe one for another time.

      October 19, 2013

    • Rachel H

      Sorry Irene I haven't managed to get the list up yet and I'm separated from my notes until Monday. I'll let you know on Monday if no one else remembers the name. I think you are top of the waiting list so you'll probably get off there soon.

      October 19, 2013

  • catherine h.

    Fingers crossed I can come!

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really looking forward to this! I have become a 'bored' reader of late and looking for ideas to stimulate me.

    October 17, 2013

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