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Page-Turner's Book Club Oct 2018 Meeting
Page-Turners book group usually meets the last Thursday of each month at the Coffee Factory (3787 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara). Oct 25, 2018 Meeting: "The Accidental Empress" by Allison Pataki, 513 pp From GoodReads: New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead. Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world. With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.” Upcoming books and meeting dates through January 2019: November (date TBA): March by Geradine Brooks, 280 pp December (date TBA): Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, 658 pp January 31: Cooking for Piscasso by Camille Aubray, 402 pp 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.

Coffee Factory

3787 Stevens Creek Blvd · Santa Clara, CA

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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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