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Sunday, March 9th, 2008
7:13 pm
People of the Book
I just finished reading People of the Book--don't worry, I won't spoil anything--and all I can say is Wow!! What a fun, captivating, intriguing book! It is like The Red Violin meets CSI with a bit of The Historian thrown in for good measure. I really hope someone talented makes a movie out of this.

I know the wait list at the library is long, but it is well worth the wait, trust me. I cheated a bit (as usual) and listened to the audio version, unabridged of course. The audio version is available (with a wait) from Clackamas and Multnomah County library systems, if that format works better for your lifestyle.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
8:59 am
Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, will be speaking and signing books on Tuesday, March 11 at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. More information is available here.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
11:14 am
Some food choices
Poll #1129443 Where to go

Where do you want book club to be next?

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
Old Chicago
Stanford's at 185th
Juan Colorado by Shute Park
Reedville Cafe (TV Highway/Corn Pass)
Chevy's at 185th
Panera Bread (Corn pass/Cornell)
Macaroni Grill
Red Robin at 185th
Applebees at 185th
Chilis at Bethany/Cornell

Please vote for your top three choices. The restaurant with the most votes will be February's location, the second place will be March's and third place will be April's. Sound good?

And only vote if you are planning to attend.
Monday, December 17th, 2007
8:33 am
January's book
January's book is Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund. I haven't started it yet but am wondering if for those who have, if reading Moby Dick is a pre-requisite of sorts? I have to confess I never read Moby Dick so I'm concerned if a lot of Ahab's Wife would be lost on me.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
11:01 am
Book club for October will be Sunday, October 28th at 5:00 pm.

Please reply or drop me an email and let me know if you plan to attend.

Thanks :)
Monday, September 24th, 2007
2:01 pm
Here we go again...
Okay, so I've been a defunct member of this community foryears. Here's the thing.

I don't get out much. Hardly at all really. I'm disabled and since 2004, my brain doesn't work as well as I'd like. I'm a suuuuuuuper slow reader and I bet that I can't read a book per month. But I can try. What I'd like to be able to do is just try to keep up. Then, show up at the meetings and hope some of it makes sense. Perhaps, just maybe, after a couple (or six) months of waffling and floundering, I will be able to keep up. Would just being a lurking poser who listens be okay?

Also, it seems like the next meeting is October 14th at 6:00. Can anyone confirm that? Is it at Rose's? Is that in Hillsboro? How long do they usually last? How many people generally show up?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
9:01 am
October book club books...
No one wanted to choose books for October and time is running out, so here are two selections:

Eva Moves the Furniture - Margot Livesey

Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett

When we meet this month, let's determine who is picking the November books and get those selected soon.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
5:02 pm
Nine Parts of Desire
As follow-up reading to A Thousand Splendid Suns, a co-worker of mine recommends Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. It is written by a journalist who provides a different look at the lives of Islamic women. The link will take you to the synopsis and reviews of it on Powell's website where you can read more about it and see if it is something you may be interested in. I was appalled at how women in Afghanistan were treated in A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I plan to read this in the near future to provide myself with a bit more knowledge than one novel.

Have any of you already read this? What are your thoughts?
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
9:51 pm
August meeting date and September books
Hi guys :) I am back in book club action.

The August meeting will be August 19th, at 6:00 pm at Rose's. We will be discussing A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and of course chatting about all sorts of stuff.

I haven't had a go around with picking the book club books yet, so I will suggest two books for September's meeting, then when we meet up in August we can pick someone to select October's books.

For September, I suggest The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 19th. My mom will be in town, so I think we may try to bring the twins. Subject to change. :)
Saturday, July 21st, 2007
11:21 pm
Book club Sunday 7/22
Book club will be at the Macaroni Grill, right near Rose's Deli, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. We'll be discussing The Historian and catching up with each other, as usual. For anyone who needs it, the address is 2290 Northwest Allie Ave. in Hillsboro.

Hope to see you there!
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
9:14 pm
Book Club 7/22
So our next book club meeting will be Sunday, July 22 at 6 p.m. We'll be discussing The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and gabbing as usual of course.

patagonia suggested meeting someplace different, at least just this once. Please comment with suggestions on where to meet so we can come to a timely consensus. Also, let me know if you can make it so I know how big a table to get, wherever we wind up.

As a gentle reminder, the books for August are A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Happy reading everyone!
Monday, June 11th, 2007
9:02 am
Thanks, everyone, who came to book club last night. It was fun seeing y'all again!

July's book is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I'm about halfway through it myself and am enjoying it quite a lot. I also recently read You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore, which is a completely different vampire story. Reading these two books back-to-back makes for quite an odd juxtaposition.

And the books for August...drum roll please...

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

And with that, I wish you all happy reading.
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
3:58 pm
Book club this Sunday!
When: Sunday, June 10, 6 p.m.
Where: Rose's Deli in Hillsboro.
Who: You!
Why: (Do you really need a reason to get together with these fun folks?) To chat about The Crucible by Arthur Miller and catch up on things with each other.

Please let me know if you plan to come so I know how big a table to get. Thanks!

Don't forget: July's book is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Books for August will be announced soon, I promise! In the meantime I shall dazzle you with my silly new icon. :-D
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
10:10 am
Books for the June Meeting

  1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova    [My sister has been bugging me to read this one...she says it's really good!]
  2. The Crucible  [I'm trying to stick with the Modern/Classic picks for the month.  I was going to choose the Count of Monte Cristo...but then I realized it was too long to read it and another book in one month.  It's 1400 pages!]

I hope these books are okay with everyone.  Happy reading!  :-)

Monday, April 23rd, 2007
9:56 pm
Books for May
Hi there,
Here are my picks for the next two books:

1. Three Dog Life, a memoir by Abagail Thomas

2. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Monday, March 12th, 2007
8:04 pm
Don't forget we have book club this Sunday...6 pm. Rose's.

Who is planning to attend?
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
12:36 am
And the winners are...
The book of Lost Things - John Connolly

The Giver by Lois Lowry

These are the books that will be discussed at our April meeting. Happy reading :)

And don't forget:

March's books: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and The Winter of Our Discontent by Steinbeck

March meeting: Sunday, March 18th.
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
2:45 pm
Time to vote
Poll #937374 Time to vote!

Please check up to five newer books that you would be interested in reading

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The book of Lost things - John Connolly
Born on a Blue Day
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Average American by Kevin O'Keefe
EVA Moves the Furniture - Margot Livesey
The Road
Island of the blue Dolphin - Scott O'Dell
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The March
Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry

Please check up to five classic books that you would be interested in reading

Jane Eyre
The Decameron
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Persuasion -- Jane Austen
The Crucible
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wuthering Heights
My antonio -- Willa Cather
Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe
The Woman in White
Atonement by Ian McEwan

I will keep this up for voting until Thursday evening, then I will announce the winners. :)

And remember, the next book club meeting will be March 18th, 6 pm. If Rose's still works for everyone, we will meet there. If anyone wants to change it up a bit and try a new restaurant, please let us know your suggestions.
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
5:21 pm

Please suggest up to three newer novels for April's book of the month.

Please suggest up to three classic novels for April's book of the month.

I will leave this up for suggestions until Tuesday evening. At that point in time I will post a poll where we vote.

Please only offer suggestions/vote in the polls if you plan on participating in book club, either in person or with posts/interaction online regarding the readings.
5:16 pm
Don't forget:

March's books: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and The Winter of Our Discontent by Steinbeck

How does March 18th sound for everyone?

Also, I will be doing a poll to get your suggestions for April's books. Get ready!
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