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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love  was one of our most loved books when we read it in 2011, before most of you were members. At our 4/20 meeting, we decided to bring back this novel for the pleasure of all of you who haven't read it. 

The History of Love is an endearing, funny, sweet, puzzling and often surprising novel by Nicole Krauss. You'll love the main characters -- old and young -- and we'll find plenty to discuss!

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  • Joan P.

    Wow, what a brilliant discussion! We covered every burning question, shared interpretations of the trouble spots, and came away understanding the book far better.

    2 · July 1, 2014

  • Hatice K.

    Hi Jeanne,
    I t was nice to meet you too in your lovely house.
    I will definetely l
    et you know once my house is build. Thank you so much. Hatice

    June 30, 2014

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    The group discussion was enlightening as always. RE: "The Street of Crocodiles"
    by Bruno Schulz. 1934... Bruno Schulz, a Polish Jew killed by the Nazis in 1942, is considered by many to have been the leading Polish writer between the two world wars.The Street of Crocodiles in the Polish city of Drogobych is a street of memories and dreams where recollections of Bruno Schulz's uncommon boyhood and of the eerie side of his merchant family's life are evoked in a startling blend of the real and the fantastic. Most memorable - and most chilling - is the portrait of the author's father, a maddened shopkeeper who imports rare birds' eggs to hatch in his attic,
    believes tailors' dummies should be treated like people, and whose obsessive fear of cockroaches causes him to resemble one.

    1 · June 29, 2014

    • Lisa S.

      Perhaps influenced by Kafka? Or merely a coincidence?

      June 30, 2014

  • Wyatt B.

    Fun times. Appreciated the book much more after the meet up

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Patti C.

    Jeanne, thanks for the info on "The Street of Crocodiles" - and for hosting in your beautiful home. What a fine discussion enhanced by how much I liked our book this month. Joan, thank you for all your coordination. We're off to Oahu 7/14 - 9/1, so I'll miss July and August. Enjoy! Much aloha to all.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Janet L.

    Can't make it this time. I hope to see you all next time.

    June 28, 2014

  • sharon h.

    Have fun!

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Joan P.

    What is The History of Love really about? According to the author: "It is “about how people respond to loss and what happens in the aftermath of that”, says Krauss. “How does one recreate the self?” The answer, she says, is the imagination. It is how her characters reshape their past and their memories. “The History of Love isn’t just about loss,” she says, elaborating further, “but about this opportunity that follows that loss, and this necessary need to act.”
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    1 · June 27, 2014

  • Linda H.

    I've had to change my r.s.v.p. to no as I've been invited to spend the weekend out of town. Sorry to miss out on this discussion as I enjoyed this book and was looking forward to hearing what others thought.

    June 25, 2014

  • Joan P.

    We just dropped to below 16, which is our max, so I've re-opened RSVPs. Be quick -- we can accommodate only ONE more person.

    June 24, 2014

  • Tonya

    Im not going to be able to make this one :( Looking forward to next months at my house though :)

    June 24, 2014

  • Joan P.

    I just emailed the address to those who RSVPed "yes." If you'd like to carpool, please post your request here with the location where you'd like to meet.

    June 24, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Looks like the group will fit in one living room now. Thanks to the people who offered to join the other group if split. If you've been hoping the RSVPs would open up again, would you add your comment below so I can see how many there are? We can still have a Sat group if we need to.

    June 21, 2014

  • Janine

    If we do two groups, let me know, otherwise, I've changed my RSVP to no, thank you. Have a great discussion and I'll be thinking of you! xo

    June 17, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Please double-check that you're actually planning to attend -- if so, stay tuned. If you're NOT attending, please change your RSVP to "no" so that we have an accurate number.

    At this moment, we have *23* signed up to attend, which means that we have outgrown Jeanne's living room and probably everyone's living room.

    Usually several people change their RSVPs the last few days before the meeting. If you suspect you might not be able to attend after all, I'm asking you to please decide now so we can update our number and I can stop freaking out about how to fit 23 people in a room.

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Joan P.

      If indeed we have this huge number of people ready to discuss The History of Love, we might need to divide the group into two meetings. Could some of you attend Sat instead of Sun? If so, can someone volunteer to host? I can come both days to facilitate.

      If you like the double meeting idea, I'll add a Sat. 6/28 meeting (if we get a volunteer host quickly), and then some of the Sun. people can switch to Sat.

      June 17, 2014

  • Hatice K.

    Hi Joan
    Please save a place for me on June 29th I will attend.

    June 2, 2014

    • Joan P.

      Hatice, your "yes" RSVP is all you need to save your space.

      June 3, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Please be sure to see the May 21 notice below about the Sebastopol library holding copies for us.

    May 31, 2014

  • Kathy S.

    To the best of my knowledge I will come. The book sounds great and it'll be my first time at this group. Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Jeanne tells me that the max for comfort is 14. We're at 14 already, on 5/25. I can't imagine closing RSVPs with a month to go, especially knowing that plans and needs change and the first RSVPs may not be final. Please keep your RSVP current -- and realize that when you RSVP "yes," it's a commitment, not a "maybe." That may seem obvious, but we have such a flurry of changes the last few days every time that I felt I needed to state it.

    Of course problems and illnesses and family emergencies come up at the last minute, and I'm NOT chastising you if you need to cancel -- I appreciate you doing it by changing your RSVP to "no" as soon as you know.

    Thank you for your understanding and for helping to make this book club the stimulating, satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable club that it is!

    May 25, 2014

  • Dale M.

    I am so sorry to miss discussing this wonderful book, but I have to go out of town unexpectedly. Enjoy!

    May 24, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Many thanks to Ann, who set up our book club at the Sebastopol Library. Copies of The History of Love are available there now. Identify yourself as a member of Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, and you can check out one of the copies they're holding, and you can keep it for 5 weeks! Yay, Ann!

    May 21, 2014

  • Hatice K.

    hi All' I will be there on June 29 to discuss "The history of love". Thank yoyu

    May 19, 2014

  • Janine

    So looking forward to reading this and seeing you all again.

    May 15, 2014

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