|Sent on:||Saturday, October 20, 2012 3:14 PM|
First: pour a glass of wine and sit back; this is a rather long e-mail.
Second: Thanks to all who responded to my last e-mail. You helped us shape the future of the Book Club. And yes, we will continue it because you all wanted it to and that’s great.
We will, however, make a few minor changes to how our discussions are conducted because both Fran and I are as busy as you all are and we can no longer guarantee that we will be available to lead most, if not all, the discussions. But we don’t need to – you are all just as capable of leading a discussion and that’s what we’ll be asking you to do. The list of books we’ll be reading through next August is up on the web site’s calendar. See which one(s) interest you and let me know if you’ll lead the discussion and I’ll add your name to the summary. Fran and/or I plan on attending as many Saturday discussions as we can (and one of us, if not both, will probably be there each time) and we’ll pitch in when we can, but in general we’re asking you to read the book and then come to Duck & Decanter and talk about it – even if the group has no official “leader” that month.
In another change, we will be including a few classic books along the way. This seemed like a popular suggestion, so we’ll be incorporating it. Our focus will still be on current books. And some months, both the Monday night & the Saturday morning groups will be discussing the same book. You can go to one or both discussions. We’d love to see some of the Monday night people and I’m sure they’d like to see some Saturday people as well.
On to an immediate issue: it would appear that many of you aren’t liking “Cloud Atlas”, if the low number of RSVPs is any indication. I apologize because I recommended it. It sure seemed like a winner with all the great reviews, my girlfriend saying it was swell and good choice and the trailer to the movie looking so fabulous! And I’m still stuck on page 25. Gonna give it one more shot and then give up. If you’re in the same boat PLEASE COME TO THE NOVEMBER MEETING ANYWAY. That’s true every month: if you hate the book, if you haven’t finished the book, if you didn’t even start the book, come on over and have coffee! Many times a specific discussion becomes very general and your life experiences will enable you to join in the talk.
Hopefully, we’ll see many of you on November 3rd. Meanwhile, here are the books through August, 2013. Details about them are on the web site:
Dec. 2012: “[masked]” by Stephen King
Jan - “Tess of the D’Ubervilles” – Thomas Hardy (starting the new year off with a highly recommended classic)
Feb - “Age of Miracles” – Karen Thompson Walker (also selected for Monday)
Mar - “Empire of the Summer Moon – S. C. Gwynne (also selected for Monday)
Apr - “The Old Man & the Sea” – Ernest Hemmingway
May - “City of Women” – David Gillham
June - “Freedom” - Jonathon Franzen
July & August – We will be doing something completely different and reading one BIG book for the summer. We’ve chosen what we think is a great book for a primarily female book club, a classic book, and one we can sink our teeth into: “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. We’ll read half for July & finish it up for August.
Thank you again for your thoughts and encouragements to keep the book club going. Let me know which books you’d like to lead the discussion for. See you at Duck & Decanter!!