September 30, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Thank you, one and all, for attending our 3rd meeting at Davanni's! The turnout was good, the conversation was GREAT! Davanni's party/meeting room will be reserved for us again, and they do require a $5 minimum purchase per person to use the room. Please be mindful of that so we'll be welcomed back. Unlike some other Davanni's, this location does not wait on us or bus tables, so there's no tipping involved. You order at the counter when you come in, then they call your name when your food is ready. Yes, they do serve beer. If you're coming just for dinner, plan to arrive around 6pm. I think it's wise to extend the dinner/social hour until 7:30pm when those who don't want to participate in the book discussion can skip out. Space is limited, so please change your RSVP if you're unable to attend to allow others.
Here's the link to their extensive menu which also includes vegan options: http://www.davannis.com/index.asp?pageid=22&locationid=8
This month, we'll be discussing Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill.
"Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape. In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, offers an insider's profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta."
October: Them: Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson
November: The Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos
December: The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers