Past Meetup

Take a virtual trip to the Cultural Life of France

This Meetup is past

9 people went


Love to read and discuss books with others but don't want the pressure of finishing a particular book in time for a book discussion? This meetup is for you. We won't discuss one specific book at this meetup. We're encouraging members to read and be ready to discuss a a book on France and French culture to prepare for this meetup. What makes the French so similar yet so different from us? For instance, the US and France are interested in equality among the citizens. The French are currently considering banning homework at the elementary and middle school levels, in order to not prejudice against poorer families, whose home conditions are less conducive to producing great homework-doing conditions. Why this extreme? What makes the French so unique? We can learn so much about ourselves by looking at others. In case you have trouble thinking of books on this topic, one of our erudite members has come up with a list of suggestions. Copies of most of these can be found in public libraries (we checked). Actually, for this meeting, any book about France is okay.

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough (May 2012)

Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi by Oliver Magny (2011)

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious and Perplexing City by Oliver Magny (2001)

The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved by Jonathan Fenry (2010)

Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French by Stephen Clarke (2006)

Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne (2004

The Coming of the French Revolution by Georges LeFebre (1939)

The meeting will be in a private residence near the 405/55/73 intersection. Since the meeting is during dinnertime, please bring a favorite main dish, side dish, dessert, or drink to share. I'll email people who RSVP 'yes' about a week before the event with the address.

This book club has two types of meetings. At one type of meeting, we alternate monthly between fiction and non-fiction, and generally meet at a Panera Bread in Irvine. We also have 'theme' meetings, where members are encouraged to discuss any book in a theme, such as mysteries, India, founding fathers, Japan, the Middle East, or sports and adventure.