October Book Club

  • October 15, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read is Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.

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  • Kathie

    I'm reading The Last Voyage of Columbus, written by Martin Dugard, the man who co-authored Killing Lincoln. If you're between books, and are looking for a good read, this is one to try. :)

    October 31, 2013

  • Kathie

    Still waiting on a few more votes on the next book. Please vote soon, so we can get it posted. Thanks! :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Kathie

    Hi, everybody. It was a great discussion last Tuesday. Really enjoyed. Sorry I didn't have my book selections ready for those who came to the meeting to vote on. I sent the 9 who attended an email with the 3 books I recommend. Please take a minute to read it over, select one of the three, and send a reply email through Meetup, with your choice. Once I receive everyone's votes, I will tally them up and let everyone know what we've selected. If you attended, and did not get an email from me, please let me know, but I think I remembered everyone! Happy reading, and see you all next month.

    October 17, 2013

    • Kathie

      I sent it thru Meetup. Are you sure you didn't get it? I will send it again.

      October 19, 2013

    • Kathie

      I just re-sent it to [masked]. Hopefully you got it. Let me know if you did not.

      October 19, 2013

  • Amy M.

    I loved it. Great people and great conversation.

    October 16, 2013

  • Kathie

    I was trying to remember the name of the Italian place we went to a couple months ago. It's Gratzzi Italian Grille. :)

    October 16, 2013

  • Caroline

    Even though I wasn't able to attend, I read the book and look forward to your next meeting. What is the reading for next month?

    October 15, 2013

    • Kathie

      Our book for November is Half of a Yellow Sun. Hope to see you next month. :)

      October 16, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    I really enjoyed it - it was my first and I'll definitely be going again!

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    stuck at work...dang! sorry everyone. was very much looking forward to tonight.

    October 15, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    I definitely think we should see this film though I know I will not like any changes that will be made since the book is on my Shelf of Honor. Let's see an early showing and then have dinner and discussion following the movie.

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • Kathie

      Excellent idea. :)

      October 15, 2013

    • Kristi

      I'd love to go, but I have friends from Sweden visiting that weekend. Drat!

      October 15, 2013

  • Penelope

    Sorry I have to work late

    October 15, 2013

  • Kathie

    Just a reminder, that our meeting is at the TYRONE location of the Bonefish Grill, NOT the 4th Street location. Please don't go to the wrong one :)

    October 15, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    Kathie, I don't seem to be on either list, attending or not attending though I certainly thought I had said yes. I have read the book but since my name is not on the list, should I attend or not?

    October 15, 2013

    • Kathie

      Yes, please come, Diane. The RSVP's closed automatically. Sorry about that.

      October 15, 2013

  • Kathie

    Did you know? The Book Thief is a movie! Out Nov 15th!! Lets do a side get-together and go see this. What do you think? Post comments here. :)

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot wait to attend! Have a great day!

    October 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    I wouldn't have read it otherwise; so, off to find it and get it read. Looking forward to meeting this group.

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A book club introduces the members to books they otherwise would not have read. It broadens us as readers. That's a positive in my opinion.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are the meetings usually held? I live in Dunedin. A new resident to this area. Looking forward to meeting like minded people, who love to read.

    September 23, 2013

  • Kathie

    I realize that not every book will appeal to the members, and it is their choice whether to read the book or take a pass. But, please, do not bash the choice publicly on the site. This may not be the best book, and perhaps it will interest some in reading a more scholarly book on Lincoln. Let's have no more comments of this type. Thanks for understanding. :)

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • Patricia P.

      I posted a link to a book review in the Washington Post book review section. That is not bashing. If you go back and check past comments about other books you will find folks making critical comments, both before and after the meetings. Critical comments should not be censored in a book club reading forum. Neither should critical book reviews. I respectfully disagree.

      September 20, 2013

    • Kathie

      It's not censorship. Just asking to keep the negative comments to a minimum.

      September 20, 2013

  • Kathie

    Well, I thought this was a very good read. Enjoyed reading about Lincoln and the circumstances of his death. Also enjoyed Killing Kennedy, but not so much as this one.

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for the reminder Kathie. As you mentioned not every book is for everyone. That is the beauty of the club, the variety and the ability to discuss books - our loves, hates, ambivalence - but we need to respect the selection even if we don't like the book chosen.

      September 20, 2013

  • Amy M.

    I will download this book today and get started!

    September 20, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    There are over 15,000 books on Lincoln. A bunch of really good ones have been published recently, but this IMO is not one of the those. James Swanson covered this, and did it better, in Manhunt. Riddled with inaccuracies. The Lincoln scholars are outraged, etc. I don't get it. Sorry.

    August 22, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    Just No.

    August 22, 2013

  • TERRI B.

    I Just finished reading this book. It is excellent!!! I give it 5 stars!!

    August 11, 2013

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