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This is your literary and topical book discussion group in Central & North Phoenix! We choose to discuss books that have been reviewed on National Public Radio programming. We are in our tenth year of existence. Book selection is a collaborative process among the regularly attending members of the Meetup. If you enjoy and appreciate thoughtful discussion of literature, please join us. See below for our next month's meeting and book choices. Occasionally we may have a social meeting such as a brunch or gathering to watch a movie related to a book we've read. Our venue is small, and our Friday evening session is full. We have started another session on the third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to noon, with the same selections as Friday. We have a limit of 14 participants . Please note: Two "no-shows" will result in a block of your participation. So, please, if you're unable to attend, change your RSVP to "No."

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Just Fur Fun

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Selections: HEART OF BARKNESS by Spencer Quinn and FLUSH by Virginia Woolf. HEART is the 9th novel in the Chet-and-Bernie mystery series. Chet, canine partner of detective Bernie Little, is "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe). FLUSH is the story of a cocker spaniel in the imaginary biography of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her real dog, as seen through the eyes of the dog.

Mystery Month

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Selections: THE TRESPASSER by Tana French and MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Alexander McCall Smith. The puzzle at the heart of The Trespasser can only be resolved by hard listening and smart questioning on the part of Detectives Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran, "setting traps through tone and vocabulary, in extended encounters that display French’s virtuosity in the phrasing and pacing of inquisitorial dialogue. The Trespasser contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John le Carré." (The Guardian) No. 3 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Botswana PI Precious Ramotswe investigates an alleged poisoning of an important government official's brother, and the moral character of four beauty contestants. Practical yet softhearted, inventive yet steeped in convention, Mma Ramotswe is an appealing personality. "In the course of her work, Mma Ramotswe offers ample evidence of her country's complexities and contradictions." (Alida Becker - NYT)

Coming of Age

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Selections: FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras and THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a novel set against the violence of 1990s Colombia follows a sheltered girl and a teen maid, who forge an unlikely friendship as the families of both struggle to maintain stability amidst Bogotá's rapidly escalating violence. (NPR summary) Gaiman's novel "is a deceptively simple tale that feels like escapism — until you realize that it isn't. Ocean is told from the point of view of a melancholy but successful artist returning to his childhood home in Sussex, England. On a lark, he visits an old farm where he played as a boy, and is suddenly overwhelmed by memories of being entangled in a magical conflict with roots stretching back before the Big Bang." (NPR - Annalee Newitz)

Coming of Age

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Selections: FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras and THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a novel set against the violence of 1990s Colombia follows a sheltered girl and a teen maid, who forge an unlikely friendship as the families of both struggle to maintain stability amidst Bogotá's rapidly escalating violence. (NPR summary) Gaiman's novel "is a deceptively simple tale that feels like escapism — until you realize that it isn't. Ocean is told from the point of view of a melancholy but successful artist returning to his childhood home in Sussex, England. On a lark, he visits an old farm where he played as a boy, and is suddenly overwhelmed by memories of being entangled in a magical conflict with roots stretching back before the Big Bang." (NPR - Annalee Newitz)

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HOLLYWOOD

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