#13) Office Girl -- Joe Meno

Thanks so much to all who came out last night. I really enjoyed celebrating the book club's birthday with you. We're reading Megan's pick this month, who chose to bring it close to home with a Chicago author. Here's a summary:

"No one dies in Office Girl. Nobody talks about the international political situation. There is no mention of any economic collapse. Nothing takes place during a World War.

Instead, this novel is about young people doing interesting things in the final moments of the last century. Odile is a lovely twenty-three-year-old art-school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless dreamer. Jack is a twenty-five-year-old shirker who's most happy capturing the endless noises of the city on his out-of-date tape recorder. Together they decide to start their own art movement in defiance of a contemporary culture made dull by both the tedious and the obvious. Set in February 1999—just before the end of one world and the beginning of another—Office Girl is the story of two people caught between the uncertainty of their futures and the all-too-brief moments of modern life."

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  • katelyn

    Looking forward to the gatsby party and the next book club!

    April 25, 2013

  • Megan G.

    It was a short story first! He should have left it at that...

    http://www.booooooom.com/2009/05/12/office-girl-by-joe-meno/

    2 · April 25, 2013

  • Kelly M.

    might be 10 mins late, but I'm coming

    April 24, 2013

    • katelyn

      I'm running a few min behind too!

      April 24, 2013

    • Nabil

      I'll be about 10mins late well. Sorry about the late notice

      April 24, 2013

  • Megan G.

    holy cow there are a lot of people rsvp'd. I am bringing one maybe two friends from work, but I'm not sure how to change that.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Raymond

      Pretty close to the last meeting.

      April 23, 2013

    • Megan G.

      My friends can't come this time, but they have already started on the next book. See you tonight!

      April 24, 2013

  • Kendal K.

    Sry to cancel on such short notice. I've been feeling sick all day and hoping I'd feel better tonight. The book was great, wish I could make it.

    April 24, 2013

  • erin c.

    Hey! This is going to be my first time coming to the book club. Should I bring anything? I'm happy to bring wine or snacks, but just wanted to double check!

    April 24, 2013

    • Raymond

      Either one or both should be fine. It's up to you. Thanks! :-)

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't make it afterall :( until the next meeting.

    April 24, 2013

  • Raymond

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

    2 · April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm TBD but I'm putting no to be safe. Kind of a hike up there!

    April 23, 2013

  • Connie

    Yes! Raymond. I got it. Starting it tonight. I'm always so last minute.

    April 22, 2013

  • Anna

    So bummed I can't make it! Was looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say about the book.

    April 22, 2013

  • becca w.

    is anyone driving/would be able to pick me up? i don't have a car :-/

    April 22, 2013

    • Kelly M.

      Yikes. It is pretty far from the blue line. Looks like the 52 bus will save us! : )

      April 22, 2013

    • Raymond

      It's only a ten-minute walk from the California stop. From the Logan Square stop is about 15 minutes, but it's a much pleasant walk along the boulevard. I recommend it!

      1 · April 22, 2013

  • Anne W.

    I live in Avondale, wondering if it's to late to sign up for the meeting on April 24th? I do have a kindle. I read that Becca can email the book. Thank you.

    April 22, 2013

    • becca w.

      i can send it to you. whats your email address? it's a quick read, you might be able to finish it if you dedicate your time to it.

      April 22, 2013

    • Anne W.

      It maybe best that I start with the next book. When will your group start the next book read? My email address is [masked]. thanks!

      April 22, 2013

  • çlaudia m.

    Unfortunately I am in California for business and wont make it to this week's meetup. Hope to make it to the next one!!

    April 22, 2013

  • Connie

    [masked]

    April 16, 2013

    • Raymond

      Connie, did someone email you the book?

      April 20, 2013

    • becca w.

      i did!

      1 · April 20, 2013

  • Raymond

    Hello everyone. Soon you will be receiving an email from Marie regarding the details for Wednesday. Stay tuned!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be held at Raymond's or Becca's?

    April 19, 2013

  • maren f.

    Just want to tell everyone that Joe Meno will be reading at the empty bottle on may 21st......lets go. I am also trying to get him to come to our meeting this month. its worth a try.:)

    1 · April 18, 2013

    • Marie W.

      I will go with you if you want to go

      April 19, 2013

  • Raymond

    How is everyone liking the book?

    April 3, 2013

    • Kelly M.

      Just finished it last weekend. It was just ok for me. But a nice quick read

      April 3, 2013

  • Kelly M.

    I have the book on nook if anyone wants me to lend it to them. Send me your email.

    April 3, 2013

  • paul

    Glad to find a reading group in my hood!

    March 27, 2013

  • becca w.

    if anyone has a kindle and wants a copy of the next two books, message me with your email and I can send them to you!

    March 21, 2013

  • Marie W.

    Just as an FYI, City Lit Books in Logan Square has a bunch of copies.

    March 20, 2013

  • Raymond

    Almost 70% done with this book!!

    March 18, 2013

    • çlaudia m.

      Good! I have been unable to check it out at the library. I am 13th on the waiting list!! Ugh

      March 20, 2013

    • Raymond

      I finished the book already. It's very easy to read. I don't think you'll need much time. I don't have a paper copy because I got it on my Kindle, otherwise I would have loaned it to you.

      March 21, 2013

  • çlaudia m.

    My friend Maria will also be reading the book and joining the group soon. She will be there.

    March 14, 2013

  • Kelly M.

    this looks like a great book!

    March 14, 2013

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