Talk about weird science (insert mad scientist cackle here)

Our last evening meeting until Daylight Savings rolls back around: winter meetings will be on weekend afternoons.

We have a small tradition of sorta scary topics for October.  This time, I thought we could do a selection of fact and fiction about science projects that may or not have been legit but have a little shudder of creepitude. 

As always, if you want to suggest a book to be added to the list, please email me or mention it on the meeting discussion board.  If you suggest a book, I'll be glad to add it if it seems relevant, is widely reviewed and available (musts!) and is likely to be interesting to other members.  If you suggest a book,  please understand that if it's added to the list, you are committing to reading it and coming to the meeting!


Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments by Gina Perry

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
by Holly Tucker

Love At Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
by Deborah Blum 

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach


Two oldies with staying power, both written in the late 1950s...

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A new book which comes recommended on and which is only $1 for the Kindle edition, Creating Monsters by Christopher Rankin.

As usual, I'm limiting "yes" responses to 10 because bigger groups are unwieldy, so if you want to come, it's good to respond early.  There will be an automatic waitlist, so do join it if the group has filled.  A couple of people usually cancel in plenty of time to let waitlisters read a book.

If you want to bring a guest, that's great as long as there is room BUT please understand the guest should have read one of the books and be primed to participate.  If you want to come with your S.O., family, etc but they don't want to participate, there are plenty of tables at this venue for them to have a meal or snack.


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  • Beverly

    sorry, I can't come, I'm going to visit my sister who I just learned was admitted to the hospital today, apparently she is having a more difficult time with chemo than I had a few years ago....

    October 16, 2013

    • Anne

      Beverly, sorry you weren't able to make it. I hope your sister is feeling better!

      October 17, 2013

  • Anne

    Another great meeting, wide ranging discussion about and sparked by the books. Jason's Deli's perk of free soft serve also hit the spot.

    October 17, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Nice group of people. Enjoyed the discussions.

    October 17, 2013

  • Chris H.

    It was very interesting and the people are great!

    October 16, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Read and really enjoyed fiction selection "Flowers for Algernon." Am about 1/2 through the nonfiction Blood Work book by Tucker which is slow reading at times.

    October 1, 2013


    I will be reading Bloodwork

    September 23, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Planning to come and read the Blood Work book by Holly Tucker

    August 28, 2013

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