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East Valley Book Club August Meetup

Well, for August, we decided to delve back into the classics (yes, we like to do that from time to time!)  We have chosen "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller.  Here is what Amazon has to say:

Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and much more. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.


I can't wait to see where the discussion will take us!  I look forward to seeing everyone there!



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have had to go to upstate NY. I will be here for 6-weeks or more. I look forward to joining in when I return.

    July 31, 2013

  • Melinda Mae E.

    I'm sorry I will not be able to attend, I can't seem to get into this months book.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot attend...out of town

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one.

    July 12, 2013

  • Carole Lipkin M.

    Good discussion last night but won't be able to make august's meeting. See you in September!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks. Now I will finally read this book that my friends read so long ago.

    June 14, 2013

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