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Looking for something interesting to read and some interesting people to discuss it with? Join us, a group of book lovers from around the Las Vegas Valley, who love to read, think and discuss. Our group values all opinions and welcomes a healthy discussion that includes many perspectives. Come read between the lines with us, because that is where the reading ends and the thinking begins!

Since we send multiple reminders before the meetings, the following policies apply. If you need assistance setting up your notifications to get these reminders, let us know.

No-show policy: If you sign up for something but your plans change, you need to update your RSVP at least three days before the meetup. We meet in restaurants and need an accurate head count to make reservations. Also, we often have a waitlist and want to make sure that those on the waitlist can come if you can't. Repeated no-shows (e.g., two or more) will be removed from the group.

Late-drop policy: Much like no-shows, late drops (changing your RSVP within 2 days before the meetup) are disruptive and make it difficult to deal with our restaurant reservations. We understand that things happen sometimes, but when you drop at the last minute, you've taken a spot that someone else on the waitlist could have had. If you late-drop two or more times, we will move you to the wait list for any future meetings that you are signed up for.

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A Children's Bible -- Lydia Millet

Divine Cafe at the Springs Preserve

A Children’s Bible follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. Contemptuous of their parents, the children decide to run away when a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, embarking on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside. Lydia Millet’s prophetic and heartbreaking story of generational divide offers a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation

Flash Friday: The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction -- Terry Eagleton

The phrase the meaning of life for many seems a quaint notion fit for satirical mauling by Monty Python or Douglas Adams. But in this spirited Very Short Introduction, famed critic Terry Eagleton takes a serious if often amusing look at the question and offers his own surprising answer.

Eagleton first examines how centuries of thinkers and writers--from Marx and Schopenhauer to Shakespeare, Sartre, and Beckett--have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests, however, that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. But instead of tackling it head-on, many of us cope with the feelings of meaninglessness in our lives by filling them with everything from football to sex, Kabbala, Scientology, New Age softheadedness, or fundamentalism. On the other hand, Eagleton notes, many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning. If our lives have meaning, it is something with which we manage to invest them, not something with which they come ready made. Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem, but a matter of living in a certain way. It is not metaphysical but ethical. It is not something separate from life, but what makes it worth living--that is, a certain quality, depth, abundance and intensity of life.

Here then is a brilliant discussion of the problem of meaning by a leading thinker, who writes with a light and often irreverent touch, but with a very serious end in mind.

Real Life -- Brandon Taylor

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Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends—some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But over the course of a late-summer weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with an ostensibly straight, white classmate, conspire to fracture his defenses while exposing long-hidden currents of hostility and desire within their community

Non-Fiction: From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans - Darity

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. Perhaps no moment was more opportune than the early days of Reconstruction, when the US government temporarily implemented a major redistribution of land from former slaveholders to the newly emancipated enslaved.

But neither Reconstruction nor the New Deal nor the civil rights struggle led to an economically just and fair nation.

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