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This Meet Up/Book Club is for ladies who are empty nesters (or not) and finally have some time to yourselves to read! We will meet for brunch/lunch on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the book. We accept nominations for all types of books from all members. Once a list of nominations has been collected, a period of voting will be announced, and everyone can vote. We ask that you NOT vote for the book you nominated. The two books with the highest number of votes are our picks for the next two months. That way, we are not constantly holding votes. Lunch/book club meetings will take place locally. We collect no fees; we love to read and converse and have a great time! Please join us!

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

J.Christopher's

At no cost to you, let's meet and discuss this month's selection. Here is the blurb: Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.
But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into an isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of a personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder? (336 pages, Pub. Feb. 2018)

Changed to an in-person event on 10/13.

There, There by Tommy Orange

Online event

At no cost to you, let's Zoom and discuss this month's selection. Here is the blub: As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow - some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent - momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
“There, There” is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It's "masterful...white-hot...devastating" (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to pause. Here is a voice we have never heard - a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it's destined to be a classic. (304 pages, June 2018)
Please rsvp to receive the invitation and discussion questions. See you then!

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Online event

At no cost to you, let's Zoom and discuss this month's selection. Here is the blurb: Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Finally, despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting and many more years working on her own version of the case.
Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. (336 pages, May 2019).
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Past events (64)

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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