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February Book Discussion - EBQBC
For February, we'll be discussing "The Walk-in Closet", a novel by Abdi Nazemian. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a widely-distributed book. Our hosting bookstore will only special-order it; it is not in stock! So if you want to buy it there, please be sure to contact them soon to order you a copy. (We don't yet know whether they will give you their normal discount for our book club members, since we've never before discussed a book they don't stock.) It is not at many libraries, but used copies are available on-line for around $4 (including non-rush shipping) & new from $15; haven't had a chance to check local bookstores, either for whether they carry it new or for used copies. Here's how goodreads.com describes the book: "Kara Walker has never found much glamour in her own life, especially not when compared to the life of her best friend Bobby Ebadi. Bobby, along with his sophisticated parents Leila and Hossein, is everything Kara always wanted to be. The trio provides the perfect antidote to what Kara views as the more mundane problems of her girlfriends and her divorced parents. And so when the Ebadis assume that Kara is Bobby’s girlfriend, she willingly steps into the role. She enjoys the perks of life in this closet, not only Leila’s designer hand-me-downs and free rent, but also the excitement of living life as an Ebadi. "As Kara’s 30th birthday approaches, Leila and Hossein up the pressure. They are ready for Kara to assume the mantle of the next Mrs. Ebadi, and Bobby seems prepared to give them what they want: the illusion of a traditional home and grandchildren. How far will Kara be willing to go? And will she be willing to pull the Persian rug out from under them when she discovers that her own secret is just one of many lurking inside the Ebadi closet?" Since this seems to downplay the queer aspect of the book (& sounds rather one-dimensional to me), you might want to check the more detailed description at Lambda Literary website (too long to quote here): https://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/07/20/the-walk-in-closet-by-abdi-nazemian/ Please join us for some lively discussion and pleasant social time. Refreshments are usually available. Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage, though not necessary to be welcome to join us. Commonly, several of us go for something more substantial to eat after the discussion, joining the real Alamedans in their local fare. As always, we don't require that participants have completed, or even read, the book (but it can occasionally help, for those who care about having some idea of whether what you're saying dovetails with what's actually in the book). We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people. Parking can be challenging along Alameda's commercial streets, but since it's Sunday no need to worry about parking meters, & there are a few parking lots in the area. Buses also cruise down Park Street from Oakland, including Fruitvale BART station, which is right across the raging river from this end of Alameda.

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This is a meetup for LGBTQ and/or otherwise "queer"-identifying folks to get together and read books together, talk about them, and socialize. (But we won't discriminate against any straight allies that may want to participate!)

Unless otherwise announced, we meet on the 4th Sunday of the month. (Don't assume that it is the last Sunday of the month because there are sometimes 5 Sundays, so keep that in mind.) The Meetup site should automatically send out reminders as the meeting days approach.

Books read in this meetup group will include multiple genres, and group participants will help decide what books will be read by suggesting titles to be added to the ongoing list (from which the monthly choices will be picked). It is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to books and genres that you may not otherwise read on your own (at least, that has been my experience with book clubs).

There is never any pressure to have the book for a given meeting fully read (or even cracked open to read). We know that life happens to take away time, and joining really close to a meeting date doesn't leave much room to finish a book either. Just join us for some good conversation and wine. Maybe you'll be inspired to read the book after the fact.

Did you say wine? Yes! I will supply at least one bottle of some type of wine at each meeting. Attendees are also encouraged to bring something to share--but, like having the book read--this is not a requirement. It just makes it more social.

Please feel free to offer suggestions for books to read, and just have fun. We are not overly philosophical, academic, or pretentious in our treatment of the books we read. But we aren't light and fluffy about things either. We are a diverse group, with different opinions; but that just makes for good discussion.

Oh, and any book that we read for the club will be available through Books, Inc., who provide a 15% discount when you buy it through them and tell them that you are reading it for the book club. They keep track of what we are reading, so they will be able to confirm this.

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