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December Meetup-“Mr. Dickens and his Carol” - Samantha Silva
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever. Note: Hillsborough County Library has several copies of this book.

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What we're about

Welcome to Brandon Women’s Book Club! Meet other women in the area that share an interest in reading all kinds of fascinating works of literature. We will read a new book every month - either an old or new classic book that will transport us to a new place and point of view. Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends!

We read fiction or non-fiction from any era and from different counties (as long as the work is available in translation). We don't limit ourselves - we can read whatever our club members want. Each month a member will suggest a book and location for the next month’s meeting – and then will serve as the meeting facilitator.

We meet once a month on Saturday or Sunday in the afternoon or early evening, primarily at different restaurants in the Brandon area, to enjoy good food and lively conversation. We are also open to members hosting in their house – but it is not a requirement for joining us. We discuss the book we've read in the past month.

Come meet some new friends and read some good books. Also, we may organize some other activities for the group – such as movies and cultural events - which will only be available to our membership. So, to join our merry band, please answer the (brief) profile questions and you're in! This club promotes a friendly, warm, low-key atmosphere. Join up and bring a friend - all women who love literature as we do are welcome to attend. Let's come together, network together and succeed together. We look forward to seeing you at the next event! Cheers!

Some Past Books & Meetups:

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen; April 2011

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua; May 2011

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo and light reading Secrets of Paris, Luanne Rice; June 2011

The Help, Kathryn Stockett; July 2011I'd know you anywhere, Laura Lippman; August 2011

Much Ado about Nothing, William Shakespeare andlight reading One Day, David Nichols; September 2011

Suggested Future Books:

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen; The Last Summer (of You & Me), Ann Brashares; Possession: A Romance, AS Byatt; The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho; My Antonia,Willa Cather; Room with a View, E M Forester; The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman; Star Island, Carl Hiasen; World According to Garp, John Irving; A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce; A Gate at the Stairs, Lorne Moore; Beloved, Toni Morrison; Housekeeping, Marylynne Robinson; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See; The Next Thing on My List, Jill Smolinski; Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout; Red Hook Road, Aylet Waldman; and Half Broke Horses - A True Life Novel, Jeanette Walls

2011 / 2010 Past Books:

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and Twenties Girl, by Sophia Kinsella, March 2011; Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, February 2011; Digging to America, by Anne Tyler and Nights of Rain and Stars, by Maeve Binchy, January 2011; The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton, by November 2010; A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, December 2010; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by James Ford, October 2010; Tinkers, by Paul Harding and The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper, September 2010; Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, August 2010; The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder, July 2010; To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, June 2010; The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, May 2010; The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, April 2010; The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks, March 2010; The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, February 2010; and The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, January 2010.

The “ABCs” of Membership in the Riverview/ Brandon - We have put in place a small membership fee of $10.00 a year. This: (a) helps allay our costs in maintaining the Meetup Web site, (b) encourages people who RSVP to actually show up, and (c) allows us to plan for how large a venue we’ll need for the event.

Extra funds above the Meetup fees will be donated to charity. There is no separate charge for the individual events. The first event you attend will always be free, so you have the opportunity to check us out before committing. We ask that the fee be paid at the next event you attend. We hope, through this, to build a strong & vibrant group.

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