What we're about

This is a meetup for women who like to read and discuss books. We welcome you to join one of our existing book groups or volunteer to host a new group. Currently, we have 2 book clubs – the Page Turners and the Rambler Readers. Each of these groups has a core membership who regularly attend meetings. Each group has a limit (10 attendees) for each meeting, but there is usually room for a couple of newcomers or “semi-regulars” to join each meeting. If the limit for the next meetup for either group has not been reached, feel free to RSVP. The format for each group is a little different, but generally the same book is read by all members of the group and then discussed at the meeting. The Page Turners is organized by Judy and meets the last Thursday of each month, usually at a coffee shop. The Rambler Readers is organized by Lori and meets every 4-6 weeks, usually on a Thursday or Friday at Boudin SF or at a member home. We started as a social group for the women of the South Bay Ramblers Hiking group, so most of the women in the Ramblers Readers are also hikers. The Page Turners group has more of a mix of hikers and non-hikers.

If the two current book groups become full with regular members, we encourage someone else to set up and lead a group.

RSVP Guidelines for the Page Turner group: If you attend a meeting, you will be automatically RSVP'd Yes for the following months meeting. If you will be unable to attend, please let us know by changing that RSVP to No so others can attend in your place.

RSVP Guidelines for the Rambler Readers group: Regular attendees (i.e., core group member) will automatically be RSVP'd "Yes". If your RSVP is "Yes" please be sure to attend. If you are unable to attend, please change your RSVP to "No" so others can attend in your place. If a core group member misses three meetings in a row, she will no longer be automatically RSVP'd "Yes" and will need to add herself in if she wants to attend the meeting.

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Page-Turner's Book Club January 2022 Meeting

Online event

We're setting this up as a Zoom meeting again. You can just click the "Online event" link when it comes time to join the meeting.

We were unable to compile a reading list in December so we will follow up this meeting with a book list review.

"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman pp. 341

From GoodReads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) comes a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

First is Zara, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else until tragedy changed her life. Now, she’s obsessed with visiting open houses to see how ordinary people live—and, perhaps, to set an old wrong to right. Then there’s Roger and Anna-Lena, an Ikea-addicted retired couple who are on a never-ending hunt for fixer-uppers to hide the fact that they don’t know how to fix their own failing marriage. Julia and Ro are a young lesbian couple and soon-to-be parents who are nervous about their chances for a successful life together since they can’t agree on anything. And there’s Estelle, an eighty-year-old woman who has lived long enough to be unimpressed by a masked bank robber waving a gun in her face. And despite the story she tells them all, Estelle hasn’t really come to the apartment to view it for her daughter, and her husband really isn’t outside parking the car.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People’s whimsical plot serves up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all the anxious people we encounter every day.

Upcoming books (TBD)
Proposed list:
Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping
Klara and the Sun by kazuo Ishinguro
Farmer, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
The Gargoyle Hunters: A Novel by John Freeman Gill
Stolen Beauty by Laurie Albanese
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave's

Feb 27: "Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman,

RSVP guidelines: If you attend a meeting, you will be automatically RSVP'd Yes for the following month's meeting. If you will be unable to attend, please let us know by changing that RSVP to No.

Rambler Readers February Meeting

Bay Area

NOTE: The meeting will take place at either Julie's or Margaret's house. Details TBD.

This months book selection: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

About the Book: First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

Future Book Suggestions :

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Hum If You Don't Know the Word by Bianca Marias
Bear Town or other selection by Fredrick Bakman
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen
Dutch House by Ann Patchet
This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

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Rambler Readers January Meeting

Boudin SF

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