Hi to all.
First, welcome to new members Jackie and Nan! ?
We've got about a month's lead time before our next meeting at The Grape, ?so lets take advantage of it...be mindful that it takes time to get access to and then actually read a book, and the time to pick ?a book and indicate it in your RSVP is not three days before the meeting, not next week, but NOW! Please take a minute, review the July list, which has carried over to August, pick a book, and post your choice with your RSVP.
In my last membership email, I asked for any suggestions for additions to the list, and got one,?Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon
??I don't want to take time to update the list at the moment, but if anybody picks this title and signifies on his or her RSVP, it's de facto on the list, so check it out. ?It's a very influential work of speculative fiction that can definitely spark conversation.
BTW, if anybody's concerned about being the only person to have read a book at a particular meeting, two things: ?1) Don't be! ?Share what you've read and start a conversation. ?Our books all have themes and issues that interest lots of people, but that aside, 2) Don't worry about it! ?If you pick a book from the list and designate it by July 25, I'll read it ?for the meeting if I haven't read it already, so there's no way you'll be the only person who's read a particular book, whichever one you pick.
Questions? ?Email me directly at [address removed].
Takeaway message: ?pick a book from the list (or Cryptomomicron) and go to the website today and RSVP, and please please please do not forget in order for a "yes" RSVP to count, it has to include a book choice in the "comments" space.?
One more time, the list:
1) Only Yesterday by Frederick Allen. Reissue of classic informal history of America in the twenties.?
2)St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (short story collection, slightly surreal, set in Florida.)?
3)Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds by Tim Guest (Personal reportage on what's going on in Second Life et al)?
4)Chronicles, Volume 1 by Bob Dylan (autobiography)?
5)Into the Wild by Jon Krakaur (nonfiction; a young man's life follows a startling trajectory.)?
6)Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (part memoir, part nature writing, seventies classic)?
7)Walden by Henry David Thoreau (American classic to revisit or read for the first thing if you were thinking about other things in high school)?
8)The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution by David Kamp (The title say;s it all!)?
9)A Free Life by Ha Jin (Novel about the immigrant experience, interesting perspective on American life, Chinese life, the artist's life, married life, plain old life)?
10)Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley ( Popluar science and a little self-development)?
11)An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan, follow-up to The Omnivore's Dilemma?
12)E=mc?: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis (Science and history of science presented for the non scientist.)?
13) Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder. The veteran creative nonfiction writer is a "fly on the wall" in a fifth grade classroom.?
14) The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop. The extended title says it all.?