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Meet with other book lovers once a month to discuss a chosen piece of literature (fiction, nonfiction, biography, contemporary, classic novels- depends on what we all vote on) over drinks and a bite to eat.

This is a great chance to meet other local residents who share your love for books. Books will be chosen by the group, so feel free to recommend anything you are interested in reading.

Check out Books we've read.... JCBC: Since 2007! (https://www.meetup.com/JC-bookclub/messages/boards/thread/8689832)in the Discussions forum, to get an idea of what we read.

We welcome everyone!

Upcoming events (2)

Blindness, by Jose Saramago

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A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers – among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears - out of their prison and through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing.

A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the 20th century, by Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago, Blindness has swept the masses with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses - and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

Image: The audience at the Daryl Roth Theater for a performance of “Blindness,” an audio play by Simon Stephens which is experienced on headphones.Credit...Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Serotonin, by Michel Huellebecq

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***Note: this Meetup MAY be in-person, with a follow-up Zoom on Thursday or the following Monday. If in-person, attendees limited to 10. Any thoughts, please post in comments.
Michel Houellebecq’s Serotonin is a caustic, frightening, hilarious, raunchy, offensive, and politically incorrect novel about the decline of Europe, Western civilization, and humanity in general.

Deeply depressed by his romantic and professional failures, the aging hedonist and agricultural engineer Florent-Claude Labrouste feels he is “dying of sadness.” He hates his young girlfriend, and the feeling is almost certainly mutual; his career is pretty much over; and he has to keep himself thoroughly medicated to cope with day-to-day life.

Suffocating in the rampant loneliness, consumerism, hedonism, and sprawl of the city, Labrouste decides to head for the hills, returning to Normandy, where he once worked promoting regional cheeses and where he was once in love, and even―it now seems―happy. There he finds a countryside devastated by globalization and by European agricultural policies, and encounters farmers longing, like Labrouste himself, for an impossible return to a simpler age.

As the farmers prepare for what might be an armed insurrection, it becomes clear that the health of one miserable body and of a suffering body politic are not so different, and that all parties may be rushing toward a catastrophe that a whole drugstore’s worth of antidepressants won’t make bearable.

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Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

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