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Do you live in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, maybe Hermosa Beach? Do you like reading great books and socializing with smart, plugged-in fellow readers? Then you're in the right place!

When I moved to the South Bay five years ago, I looked for a good book club with little luck. I work in publishing and I was sure there were fellow readers around here. It can't ALWAYS be surfing and volleyball, can it??

After starting the Redondo Beach Book Club, I realized there are! Now in its fifth year, the Redondo Beach Book Club meets monthly and reads a variety of books voted in by the members (both fiction and nonfiction). There's no age minimum or maximum, but it's turning out to be mostly women - which we like. Of course, you must be 21+ to drink wine...so there's that.

If you'd like to attend a meetup, join the wait list and read the book. Most of the wait list usually gets in by the time the meeting happens. Please note, however, that we're strict about the No Show Policy (copied at the bottom of each meetup description).

Now, let's get reading! :)

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October: "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper

ABOUT THE BOOK: A riotously funny, emotionally raw New York Times bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not. The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant... HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

Field Trip: Elizabeth Strout in Conversation with Lisa See

Hermosa Beach Community Theatre

ABOUT THE TRIP: #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers, in her newest book: OLIVE, AGAIN. Join us to hear Strout in conversation with author Lisa See at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater on October 30th. Tickets for the talk must be purchased in advance here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4284381 We'll meet for dinner nearby at 5:00 PM. RSVP here to get details about dinner, or simply meet us at the Community Theater for the event! Dinner: 5:00 PM Conversation: 7:00 PM HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

November: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante

Location TBA

ABOUT THE BOOK: A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is a generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow and their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

December: Book TBD

Location TBA

WHAT WE'RE READING: We'll pick the book for December during the October book club. In the meantime, RSVP to save your place! THIS IS OUR ANNUAL COOKIE & WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE MEETING! Please plan to bring a dozen homemade treats and a wrapped gift for the White Elephant gift exchange. HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

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