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I. The purpose of this book club is to provide a venue for people to express their views and opinions on various books that they have read. The club will read different types of books (ex: fiction, philosophy, poetry, contemporary, classic, memoirs, short stories, biographies, etc) each month. Members will meet once a month to have an open discussion on the selected book(s). (Each month a different member will be given the opportunity to pick their choice of reading material). The discussions will include a variety of questions and debates on the book, author, etc.

II. All are welcome to join. Our best meetings are when we have varied opinions and we rely on the experiences of all of our members to contribute to the discussion. There are no restrictions to join the book club.

III. If you RSVP "Yes" and your plans change, please be courteous and revise your RSVP to "No". Since we sometimes meet at a restaurant I need to close the RSVPs at a certain size and it is not fair to members who would like to come for a spot to go unused. Sometimes it is unavoidable that things can come up at the last minute, however, after three times of being a "no show", you will be removed from the group.

IV. Our book list https://www.dropbox.com/s/uh5233cmei5x3ku/Book%20list.xls?dl=0 is a list of books we have read and books we want to read.

Upcoming events (2)

May 2022 Book Club Brunch

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Before the meetup we will read Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

An unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Meetup Notes: We are going to attempt to meet in person, outdoors at Playwicki Park. If the weather looks bad, we will go back to zoom only. I will post an update and email an update a few days prior to the event confirming. We are also going to try and have zoom option available for those that would prefer to continue with virtual. When you RSVP please let me know if you plan on coming in person or virtual. There are two pavilions and a picnic table. I plan to bring an outdoor chair with me just in case those are all taken and will have an extra for someone to borrow as well. If you have an outdoor chair or two and can bring them as a backup, that would be great!

I will email those that RSVP YES with the zoom link a few days prior to the event.

Please update your RSVP if plans change so we have an accurate count, thank you!

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June 2022 Book Club Brunch

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Before the meetup we will read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world -- where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

Meetup Notes: Depending on how May's meetup goes, we will repeat the same plan. We are going to attempt to meet in person, outdoors at Playwicki Park. If the weather looks bad, we will go back to zoom only. I will post an update and email an update a few days prior to the event confirming. We are also going to try and have zoom option available for those that would prefer to continue with virtual. When you RSVP please let me know if you plan on coming in person or virtual. There are two pavilions and a picnic table. I plan to bring an outdoor chair with me just in case those are all taken and will have an extra for someone to borrow as well. If you have an outdoor chair or two and can bring them as a backup, that would be great!

I will email those that RSVP YES with the zoom link a few days prior to the event.

Please update your RSVP if plans change so we have an accurate count, thank you!

Past events (167)

April 2022 Book Club Brunch

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