• January Meetup #2: This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

    Due to the horrible weather, we'll have a second meetup to give everyone a chance to discuss the book. Time Tested is available on Wednesday the 23rd, so I hope all those that wanted to come last night but couldn't make it are able to join for our redo. Thank you to those that braved the storm and came out last night. It was a great discussion! For January, we will be reading This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • January Meetup: This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

    For January, we will be reading This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • Book Club Holiday Party!!!

    Liya's Place

    It's Party Time! Please join your favorite group of readers for a holiday party! Since we're all pretty busy in December, let's give ourselves a break and gather for the fun of it to celebrate the end of another great year. Anyone who has attended at least one of our Meetups is welcome to join us for this get together. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share, and let us all know what you are bringing in advance so we have a good mix of food and dessert. Significant others are welcome - please be sure to include them in your RSVP so that I can plan appropriately. I will email my address to those attending a few days before the party. RSVPs will open after the November meetup.

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  • November Meetup: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

    Time Tested Books

    For November, Shannon will be leading us in a discussion of Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki. High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • October Meetup: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    Time Tested Books

    In October, we will be reading Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • September Meetup: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

    Time Tested Books

    For September, we will be reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • August Meetup: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    Time Tested Books

    For August, we will be reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer. Less is the 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • July Meetup: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

    Time Tested Books

    In July, we'll be reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • June Meetup: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    Time Tested Books

    In June, we'll be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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  • May Meetup: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    Time Tested Books

    For May, we'll be reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. Don't forget! There is a $5 fee which goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space. Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). We mingle for the first 30 minutes and sit down for discussion promptly at 7pm. Thanks!

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