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Cambridge Readers: Schedule your summer bookclub calender!

From: Lisa/vetchick
Sent on: Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:35 PM
Hey Guys,
The calender for July and August is set and I apologize to Amy for no Wednesdays (blame my boss who did at least acknowledge her inability to give me any Wednesdays off for now?I'll give you her email to provide further weight to my requests:-). We will get The Learners in on a Wednesday ASAP, I promise!!!). You'll also notice we didn't exactly stick to every three weeks. I'm on vacation mid August, and it kinda mucked stuff up, so we have a mere two week span of book cramming at the end of July (figured that was the better option over a 6 week drought:-). Pick up your books early so we can fit them all in.

Gas prices be damned, I'll be there!:-)

As it stands:

July 14th: The Secret Life of Bees: Sue Monk Kidd
July 28th: Three cups of Tea: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Aug 18th: still pending. Currently We Were the Mulvaneys is next, but we'll give folks a bit more time to vote. Book choice will be made on or around July 1st.

Seriously, vote! I know we've got more than 20-27 folks who care what we read and I'm tellin ya, you can see how the numbers dictate our schedule. Secret life, 16 votes, Three cups, 13 votes, Mulvaneys 11, and we've got a ton of 10s (amongst poll's 1 and 2), so your vote truly can change the course of our humble book club history.

And on that note, I've added another super cool book to vote on, so even if you are among my much appreciated faithful 20, head back to poll #2 and let me know what you think about Under the Banner of Heaven (see below) (Hey, and where are those 7 that made poll #2 and not #1. There are some good ones on there, check it out!)

I throw out, as ever, the prospect of book themed meeting sites, as I am always game. There is a comfort level to sticking to the Cafe, but we're always up for new adventures here in 20-30s book club land. It will force me to be a mean-y about RSVPs and make them set in stone if we're making reservations (out of respect to the restaurant), but if we wanna give it a go, let me know.

And now, our latest offering (also available on the blogspot: http://20sand30sbookclubcambridge.blogspot.com/):

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Copied from:http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=1-1400032806-0

Publisher Comments:
Jon Krakauer?s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer?s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America?s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

That's all for now. Book titles always welcome, and if ya want to switch up the dining, hit reply and let me know!

Lisa

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