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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.)

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CONTEMPORARY BOOK: Circe by Madeline Miller

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MEETING INFORMATION Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony BOOK INFORMATION Title: Circe by Madeline Miller Genre: Fiction – Fantasy/Historical Year of Publication: 2018 Approximate Page Count: 353 Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. Suggested by: Pam B. 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. RSVP INSTRUCTIONS If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP Yes by 9:00 PM the day before the meeting date. Anthony the Organizer will then email members who RSVP Yes with the details of the Zoom meeting ID and password.

CONTEMPORARY BOOK: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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CONTEMPORARY BOOK MEETING INFORMATION Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Meeting Facilitated by: Kristin BOOK INFORMATION Title: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Genre: Fiction – Historical Year of Publication: 2016 Approximate Page Count: 313 Summary: Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America, from the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day. Suggested by: Deb M. 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. RSVP INSTRUCTIONS If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP Yes by 9:00 PM the day before the meeting date. Kristin the Co-Organizer will then email members who RSVP Yes with the details of the Zoom meeting ID and password.

CLASSIC BOOK: If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes

MEETING INFORMATION Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony BOOK INFORMATION Title: If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes Genre: Fiction – African American Year of Publication: 1945 Approximate Page Count: 203 Summary: This story of a man living every day in fear of his life for simply being black is as powerful today as it was when it was first published in 1945. Critics praised this first novel by Himes, classifying it in the "protest novel" tradition established by Richard Wright. The novel takes place in the space of four days in the life of Bob Jones, a black man who is constantly plagued by the effects of racism. Living in a society that is drenched in race consciousness has no doubt taken a toll on the way Jones behaves, thinks, and feels, especially when, at the end of his story, he is accused of a brutal crime he did not commit. Suggested by: Regina 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. RSVP INSTRUCTIONS If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP Yes by 9:00 PM the day before the meeting date. Anthony the Organizer will then email members who RSVP Yes with the details of the Zoom meeting ID and password.

ORGANIZER'S PICK: The Odyssey by Homer

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MEETING INFORMATION Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony BOOK INFORMATION Title: The Odyssey by Homer Genre: Fiction – Epic Poetry/Greek Mythology Year of Publication: Sometime around 8th century BC Approximate Page Count: 306 Summary: The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer, the other being the Iliad. The poem mainly focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus , king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed Odysseus has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage. Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non-linear plot, and the influence on events of choices made by women and slaves, besides the actions of fighting men. 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. RSVP INSTRUCTIONS If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP Yes by 9:00 PM the day before the meeting date. Anthony the Organizer will then email members who RSVP Yes with the details of the Zoom meeting ID and password.

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