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About the East Bay Book Club

The East Bay Book Club is a very dynamic group of individuals who share one thing in common: an enthusiasm for books. Each month, members read a particular book, chosen by the whole group or by the Organizer, and meet to share observations, insights, and personal thoughts about it. Meetings are devoted to various genres, both contemporary and classic.

The club's members represent a variety of backgrounds and literary tastes, bringing wonderful diversity to each book discussion. The East Bay Book Club thrives on both the celebration of literature and the camaraderie of its readers. More importantly, the club values the ideas of its members, allowing everyone a chance to suggest books and other ideas for making this club a lively group to participate in.

Since its inception in June 2007, the East Bay Book Club has inspired new and ongoing interest in reading. The club reads everything from historical fiction and literary works to thrillers and nonfiction. Thanks to its members, the club continues to be an engaging book interest group, discussion forum, and social club all rolled into one. The mission of the East Bay Book Club is simple: provide an opportunity to explore the excitement of literature, one of humankind's oldest forms of leisure, and to meet like-minded people along the way.

Reading Schedule

All book discussion meetings for a single club season from September through June (with a break in July and August) are announced before the start of the season. Please refer to the complete list of current and upcoming meetups to know the books and dates for each meeting. You are encouraged to plan in advance your readings of books that interest you, instead of waiting for email announcements of each meeting

(NOTE: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, meetings will be held virtually through Zoom once a month throughout the calendar year, with three or four meetings announced every few months. The September-through-June format will resume once it is safe to hold meetings in person.)

Upcoming events (4+)

CONTEMPORARY BOOK: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

MEETING INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Meeting Facilitated by: Kristin

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Genre: Nonfiction - Autobiography
Year of Publication: 1969
Approximate Page Count: 289
Summary: Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age-—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
Suggested by: Kristin

MEETING FORMAT

Book discussion meetings are designed to provide free-flowing conversation about the book, to be fun without being too formal. The following is the typical format of each East Bay Book Club meeting:

1. The Organizer or Co-Organizer makes announcements about upcoming meetings and anything else.
2. All attendees introduce themselves.
3. For no more than 10 minutes, one attendee volunteers to present key parts of the author's biography and facts of interest about the book that he/she has voluntarily gathered before the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there could simply be a quick chat to share thoughts about the author and book trivia, which can be accompanied with information anyone can look up online.)
4. Each attendee shares quick initial impressions about the book.
5. One volunteer leads the discussion with questions until about 10 minutes before the end of the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there can simply be a conversation about anything about the book anyone wants to talk about.)
6. Each attendee shares quick final impressions about the book.

CLASSIC BOOK: King Lear by William Shakespeare

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MEETING INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Meeting Facilitated by: Pam

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Genre: Fiction - Tragedy
Year of Publication: Approximately 1606
Approximate Page Count: 148
Summary: King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of a king who bequeaths his power and land to two of his three daughters, after they declare their love for him in an extremely fawning and obsequious manner. His third daughter gets nothing, because she will not flatter him as her sisters had done. When he feels he has been treated with disrespect by the two daughters who now have his wealth and power, he becomes furious to the point of madness. He eventually becomes tenderly reconciled to his third daughter, just before tragedy strikes her and then the king.
Suggested by: Charlie

MEETING FORMAT

Book discussion meetings are designed to provide free-flowing conversation about the book, to be fun without being too formal. The following is the typical format of each East Bay Book Club meeting:

1. The Organizer or Co-Organizer makes announcements about upcoming meetings and anything else.
2. All attendees introduce themselves.
3. For no more than 10 minutes, one attendee volunteers to present key parts of the author's biography and facts of interest about the book that he/she has voluntarily gathered before the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there could simply be a quick chat to share thoughts about the author and book trivia, which can be accompanied with information anyone can look up online.)
4. Each attendee shares quick initial impressions about the book.
5. One volunteer leads the discussion with questions until about 10 minutes before the end of the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there can simply be a conversation about anything about the book anyone wants to talk about.)
6. Each attendee shares quick final impressions about the book.

CONTEMPORARY BOOK: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

MEETING INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
Genre: Fiction - Short Story/Humor
Year of Publication: 2010
Approximate Page Count: 176
Summary: Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. For example, in "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.
Suggested by: Tameka

MEETING FORMAT

Book discussion meetings are designed to provide free-flowing conversation about the book, to be fun without being too formal. The following is the typical format of each East Bay Book Club meeting:

1. The Organizer or Co-Organizer makes announcements about upcoming meetings and anything else.
2. All attendees introduce themselves.
3. For no more than 10 minutes, one attendee volunteers to present key parts of the author's biography and facts of interest about the book that he/she has voluntarily gathered before the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there could simply be a quick chat to share thoughts about the author and book trivia, which can be accompanied with information anyone can look up online.)
4. Each attendee shares quick initial impressions about the book.
5. One volunteer leads the discussion with questions until about 10 minutes before the end of the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there can simply be a conversation about anything about the book anyone wants to talk about.)
6. Each attendee shares quick final impressions about the book.

ORGANIZER'S PICK: Good Neighbor: Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

MEETING INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Genre: Nonfiction - Biography
Year of Publication: 2018
Approximate Page Count: 416
Summary: Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
Suggested by: Anthony

MEETING FORMAT

Book discussion meetings are designed to provide free-flowing conversation about the book, to be fun without being too formal. The following is the typical format of each East Bay Book Club meeting:

1. The Organizer or Co-Organizer makes announcements about upcoming meetings and anything else.
2. All attendees introduce themselves.
3. For no more than 10 minutes, one attendee volunteers to present key parts of the author's biography and facts of interest about the book that he/she has voluntarily gathered before the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there could simply be a quick chat to share thoughts about the author and book trivia, which can be accompanied with information anyone can look up online.)
4. Each attendee shares quick initial impressions about the book.
5. One volunteer leads the discussion with questions until about 10 minutes before the end of the meeting. (If no one volunteers to do so, there can simply be a conversation about anything about the book anyone wants to talk about.)
6. Each attendee shares quick final impressions about the book.

As this book is an Organizer's Pick, Anthony the Organizer will lead the entire discussion of the book.

Past events (223)

CONTEMPORARY BOOK: Outline by Rachel Cusk

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