November Main Meetup

First of all, sorry for the delay in putting this meetup on the web. Had some internet issues yesterday. But here we go:)
Thank you to all who joined us for the October main meetup. As always, it was nice to see some new faces. It was 2 books very different from each other which always makes for good, varied and interesting discussions.  Both books are now sitting high on this years leader board.

The books chosen for the November main meetup are as follows;

[masked] by Stephen King. Nominated by Eleanor and Julia (first joint nomination I think?)

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jolie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nominated by Rachel

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream. It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing.


I wish you all happy hours of reading


The other books put forward in October were;

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late notice I won't be able to attend as I am ill :(

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Currently getting through[masked] and thoroughly enjoying it. Can anyone tell me if there's a list on all the books that have been suggested. I know we have a league table showing the top ones...

    October 11, 2012

    • Eleanor

      Hi Hugh. If you go to the discussions page one was posted up either earlier this year or possibly last year. Will try to find the exact title and will also update it with the books we've read since.

      October 11, 2012

    • Eleanor

      Discussion Boards 2007 - 2011 have been reposted so should be the first discussion on the boards.

      October 13, 2012

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