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Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Walk at 8:10, Talk at 9:30

  • Aug 2, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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***August 2nd***   Note:  This is a rather long book at almost 800 pages, but since we are skipping July due to the holiday weekend, we should be in good shape... Happy Reading!

o Organizer: Melissa

o Book: Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The story begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum that kills narrator Theo Decker's beloved mother and results in his unlikely possession of a Dutch masterwork called The Goldfinch. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

o Location/Time: Spring Lake Park at 8:10AM

=*=*=*=WALKING BOOK CLUB: HOW WE WORK=*=*=*=

* The Walking Book Club is an entirely volunteer activity organized by women who like to walk, like to read, and enjoy the perspectives of other women who enjoy the same. We have no sponsors or paid endorsers.

* We use Meetup.com to notify members of meetings, gather RSVP, send out questions for the books we read, gather lists of future books, etc. Meetup charges $12-$15/month. In 2014, we may ask members to pay $12/year to pay for the website costs.

* There are ideally four or five women who lead the monthly discussions, make the reservation with the restaurant, etc. One co-organizer, now Jan, is in charge of the Meet-up website, collecting fees, and paying for the website. In the warmer, drier months, we typically meet by the boat dock picnic benches Spring Lake Park, then walk from there. Co-organizers back each other up for meetings in the event that the organizer of meeting has an emergency, etc.

* Due to summer parking struggles at the park during warmer months, we typically meet earlier in the morning (8 or 8:30am). During winter months, we typically meet later (9AM), unless otherwise posted by that month's organizer.

* When we meet at East/West Cafe (or an equivalent restaurant), we ask that members note the cost of the item(s) they order, multiple it by 1.3 (to cover both tax and a tip), and pay with cash. This payment method has worked really well, everyone left happy, the restaurant welcomes us back, and no one gets stuck with a bill.

* Book titles are suggested by members and we periodically update the calendar and book list below, with members voting and agreeing on the books we will read and discuss.

Happy reading!


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  • Nydia B.

    I will always root for Theo, even though he made a lot of poor choices!
    Patricia, I didn't realize that you hadn't finished it at the meeting. I would be happy to discuss more, and will be back from visiting my daughter in a week.
    Please let me know who wants to discuss the book some more.

    August 3, 2014

  • Patricia C.

    I absolutely loved the book and can't stop thinking about the characters even though I've started reading 100 year old man. Great conversation. I'm game to still discuss it if anyone else is interested .

    August 3, 2014

  • Nydia B.

    Great discussion!

    August 2, 2014

  • jeanne

    as before,i haven't finished the book yet,so may not be there

    July 30, 2014

  • Georgiann M.

    Look forward to the discussion! I can't make the walk due to training.

    July 28, 2014

  • Nydia B.

    I will be coming for the discussion only....looking forward!

    July 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone!

    I found some interesting discussion questions on LitLovers.com ... which exceeded the posting limits here.

    Many thanks to Nydia who suggested that everyone bring a quote they found significant, and who also highlighted these discussion themes:

    --How can something of beauty can change a person's life... or at least keep him alive?

    --Questions about loss, trauma, longing, coming of age.

    --How families deal with mental illness (in the case of Andy's father) or differences (as in Pippa's limitations after the accident).

    --What are your thoughts about Theo's longing for Pippa in his life?

    --Drug abuse, how numbing oneself helps or (hinders) dealing with the trauma. Clearly it will be tricky to succinctly discuss the book in our usual time frame. Perhaps we can entertain an additional discussion time if people would like to do so. Looking forward to seeing you on August 2nd!

    warmly,
    --Melissa

    July 17, 2014

  • Jan N.

    Melissa,
    Wow, you really made it clear. Look forward to seeing everyone next month.

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Jan and Melissa!! That's definitely easy to find!! I can't wait to meet everyone!

    July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, thanks for the clarification, Jan. The 'official' name of the place where we meet is "Cypress Point Small Group Picnic Area" and here is a detailed map: http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/doclib/Documents/CypressReservablePicnicAreaMapENG.pdf We typically gather near the arrow on this map for our walk... and return to Jan's checkered tablecloth (where she's found an empty table at 8am) for the discussion. Last month, a midday birthday party had reserved our table, but luckily we were long gone before their party began. I called to find out about reservations, but at $45 for 4 tables + BBQ for 1/2 day, it's not meant for our lean morning usage. I think we should stick with our present system and perhaps leave a note on our table when we're absent on our walk... explaining that we'll be out of their hair no later than 10 or 10:30am.

    July 12, 2014

  • Jan N.

    Kendall,
    Check out map. Drive down Summerfield. East-West Cafe is on the right. Pass it and turn left into park. Drive up hill to the top and if you are early you should find a place to park there. Group meets for walking at trail head near parking lot. I will put out a red and white checkered table cloth so you can id group as well. See you in August.

    July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there. This will be my first meet up and I'm very excited! I was just wondering for where we meet. Do we park at Howarth Park or over at Spring Lake? I just want to make sure I park in the right area! Can't wait!

    July 11, 2014

  • Patricia C.

    I would love to join the walk on the 2nd. Is that possible? I will start the book now. Where can I find it? This is my first meet-up as well.

    July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I found the book on Amazon and they had a great price of just $6.99 for the kindle version.

      July 8, 2014

    • Patricia C.

      Thanks for the tip. I will buy it now.

      July 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to my first meet-up. An interesting book, good conversation, and walking - this seems like the group for me!

    July 5, 2014

  • jeanne

    i could probably lead this group.i will check to make sure i don't work that saturday

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Did you find out your work schedule yet? You're welcome to join in on compiling some questions to send out ahead of time!

      July 1, 2014

  • Jan N.

    I could also help with this one.

    March 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jan, So glad you can help! Are you planning to bring treats to reserve the table like you usually do? (I hope you reimburse yourself from our funds!). Warmly, --Melissa

      July 1, 2014

  • Nydia B.

    I can help lead this also. I think it will take longer than an hour!

    April 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So glad you can help! Shall we compile some questions to send out ahead of time?

      July 1, 2014

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