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EXTRA MEETING: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
Wait -- don't automatically sign up. Read this first: This is not our regular Novel Lovers meeting (which will be held Jan 28). This is an extra meeting to discuss You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie, a 2017 memoir by a notable Native American writer. Memoirs don't qualify for our monthly selections, but this happens to be the best book I've read (actually, listened to) all year, and I'd love to discuss it with those of you who enjoy a good memoir. The writing is extraordinary -- some chapters are written in prose, others in poetry. If you're an Audible subscriber, the audiobook is startling and compelling -- Alexie reads it himself, or maybe I should say he performs it. Alexie, the reservation life, his family, his experiences are moving, beautifully described, unforgettable. As a memoir, this book doesn't fit the fiction requirement for our monthly discussions, but several of you have expressed interest in this book, so I'm scheduling it as an extra meeting. If you've read this far, and you have time to read this 464-page book or listen to the 8-hour audiobook, please RSVP!

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Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (formerly Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!

We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time.

Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.

Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready.

Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars towards the organizer dues.

We look forward to talking books with you!

Questions? Email Joan Price (, organizer.

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