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Welcome back brighter evenings with family saga books
It's definitely interesting to see how themes and traits come and go in families over several generations, and there's nothing like a good book to get you thinking about it. In choosing for the list, I have tried to mix eras, cultures, and approaches that there will be something for everyone. If I have not listed a book that you think is the best ever covering this topic, please do mention it in the discussion area. I will probably be revising the list next month to drop titles that don't generate any interest and add a some new ones. Classic novel: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez Contemporary U.S.-set novel: “The Middlesteins” by Jamie Attenberg Contemporary novels with world perspectives “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee I got excited about this topic when reviewing “Pachinko” for the Times-Union. Here’s what I had to say. ( “Homegoing “by Yaa Gysai This emotionally gripping book has been on our list before. “The Namesake “by Jhumpa Lahiri Nonfiction For a medieval and royal flavor “The Plantagenets” by Dan Jones. For Americana fans, “Prairie Fires,” by Caroline Frazier. Three generations of life and times of the family of frontier life chronicler Laura Ingalls Wilder. For business history fans, “Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses “ by David S. Landes. You are super welcome to bring a guest, but because of limited space we ask that every attendee, member or guest, come having read a book on the list. As I mentioned in my recent membership letter, I am charging a non-refundable $2 per person deposit for the evening meetings. After deducting the commission that meetup takes, I will add 100% of the money to server tips at that meeting's venue. This is basically intended to discourage no-shows, which are sometimes no problem and all and others a real damper, and also to make sure servers are treated fairly when we reserve a large table and several don't appear.


3556 St. Johns Ave · Jacksonville, FL


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Who is should join? People who like to read and discuss a variety of interesting thought provoking books. Women are welcome! Men are welcome! Nonfiction and fiction, backlist and recent books appear on virtually list, you choose the book you want to read. If you start one and don't much care for it, just switch to another selection. People from any and all backgrounds, welcome! Whether you remember the Great Depression or you were born during the Clinton administration, if you're a grown-up who likes to meet and chat with other adults with wide ranging interests, you are welcome. If you came to Jacksonville from any part of our big varied planet, or if you were born at the confluence of the St Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean and think anything away from the First Coast is exotic travel, YOU ARE WELCOME.

We have two slightly different meeting formats, the dinner meeting with a set book list, and the Saturday coffee shop meeting with free choice within a broad topic. If you're interested, scroll through some of the past meeting description! Feel free to message me if you have questions after you have done that.

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