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This group is for people who love reading and intellectual discussion but don't take themselves too seriously :) We'll meet once a month at a restaurant or coffee shop around town (depending on where people are coming from), have some drinks, food, great conversation and discuss the book we read - or not. Mostly the book club part of this group is to get ideas for good reads from people, read something 'together' and use the book as a launchpad for conversation. I do not envision it being rigid or handing out bulleted discussion point lists. I'd love to go see movie versions of books we read and complain how bad they were. And just to meet nice, like minded people. About me: I'm 39 and have always been a voracious reader (some times in my life more than others, there were years when the books I read to my kids were the only ones I read). Here are some books I've enjoyed lately: Fiction: Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye and the Song of Solomon, Barbara Kingsolver: The Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Stephen King: 11/22/63, Alice Sebold: The Almost Moon, Kathleen Kent: The Wolves of Andover, Annie Proulx: Fine just the way it is, Mitch Albom: The 5 People you meet in Heaven...... Memoirs: Cheryl Strayed: Wild, Alice Sebold: Lucky, Mitch Albom: For one more day, J Maarten Trost: Getting Stoned with Savages, Non-Fiction: Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything, A Walk in the Woods, Nathaniel Philbrick: Heart of the of Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Marlene Zuk: Sex on six legs, Stephen Puleo: Dark Tide. I'm open to reading just about anything, maybe with the exception of romance and vampire novels.

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"All This Could Be Yours" by Jami Attenberg

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We'll start off 2021 with ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS, by Jami Attenberg, critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer. [The ZOOM link will be visible to those who RSVP yes.] “If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister—feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex’s unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex’s brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary’s wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children. ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. With her signature “sparkling prose” (Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age. “All hail Jami Attenberg, the queen of dysfunctional families.” —Refinery29 “Big Little Lies meets Succession in the scorching heat of the Big Easy . . . Money, power and family are touched upon through Attenberg’s emotional, humorous and sharply written accounts.” —Parade “This is how you write a very good novel about a very bad man.” —New York Times -------------------------------- Happy New Year! Diane

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"The Clockmaker's Daughter," by Kate Morton

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