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September meeting, updated book (and non-book alternative) list

From: Anne
Sent on: Monday, September 1, 2008 11:32 AM
Hi to all. I've scheduled the September meeting for Tuesday, September 30, because I have a conflict for the 23rd, hope this works out just as well for everyone who's interested.

The updated book and book alternative list follows. If you think you can come to the meeting, please take a minute NOW to pick a book, RSVP "yes"'s the most important thing...indicate your chosen book(s) as well as any that you've already read and might want to discuss, in the comments section. If a conflict comes up later, just change your RSVP, no hard feelings! The site isn't set up to accept "maybe" RSVPs because I've learned to my frustration that "maybe" usually means "no," butangry I still have to determine whether the person's coming, look for the person, etc.

So, without further ado, here's the September list. Questions? Contact me directly at [address removed].

The monthly non-book alternative for the new or exceptionally pressed for time is An Evening with Thomas Jefferson, presented by the Stanford University Aurora Forum. It's free and the run time is just an hour and a half. The simplest way to get it is to use iTunes, go to the iTunes Store, and type ?evening with thomas jefferson? into the search box. It can be streamed or downloaded from that site. It can also be streamed at

1) Only Yesterday by Frederick Allen. Reissue of classic informal history of America in the twenties.

2)St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (short story collection, slightly surreal, set in Florida.)

3)The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. How would the planet react if our species went away?

4) Chronicles, Volume 1 by Bob Dylan (autobiography)

5) Into the Wild by Jon Krakaur (nonfiction; a young man's life follows a startling trajectory.)

6) Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (part memoir, part nature writing, seventies classic)

7) Walden by Henry David Thoreau (American classic to revisit or read for the first thing if you were thinking about other things in high school)

8) The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution by David Kamp (The title says it all!)

9) A Free Life by Ha Jin (Novel about the immigrant experience, interesting perspective on American life, Chinese life, the artist's life, married life, plain old life)

10) What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland ( New insights from the animal training world into how we can make relationships less frustrating. Sounds manipulative, but it really isn't!

11) E=mc?: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis (Science and history of science presented for the non scientist.)

12) Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder. The veteran creative nonfiction writer is a "fly on the wall" in a fifth grade classroom.

13) The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop. The extended title says it all.

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