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Our book for September will be "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong. A brief description follows. Please join us for breakfast and discussion. A $1 fee will be collected at the meetup to offset the Meetup annual host fees. I usually arrive early, and will ask to be seated, but I always alert the host/hostess that we are a bookclub so feel free to ask for our table.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
Our book for October is "The Blessing Way" by Tony Hillerman. Please join us for breakfast and discussion. A brief description follows. A $1 fee will be collected at the meetup to offset the Meetup annual host fees. I usually arrive early and will ask to be seated, but I always alert the host/hostess that this is a bookclub so please feel free to ask for our table.
Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place—a corpse with a mouth full of sand—abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer.
There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch leads him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.
There will be no November meetup. I will be out of town for the entire month of November. Instead, I thought we might try an early December bookclub meetup. Our book will be "A Lot Like Christmas: Stories" by Connie Willis. A brief description follows. Please join us for breakfast and discussion. A $1 fee will be collected at the meetup to offset the Meetup annual host fees. I usually arrive early and ask to be seated, but I always alert the host/hostess that we are a bookclub so please feel free to ask for our table.
Christmas comes but once a year, yet the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer.
Brimming with Willis’s trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the holiday newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come—and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like all the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season.
There will be no end-of-December bookclub meetup. I wish you a happy holiday season and have a wonderful New Year's!!