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Our 18th Birthday

18 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo, this time at Chin Chin, Salt & Straw, and Bookstar. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories by Julie Zuckerman

One of our members has a friend, Julie Zuckerman, who wrote a book of short stories centered on different stages of one man’s life. We were fortunate enough to have an international Skype author visit with Julie to discuss the book. It really is a privilege to speak with authors and we have done so a handful of times over the years. With this one, we dove into questions about the writing process and decisions about order, character POV, and character connections. It was a wonderful evening and we are certainly thankful for the time that Julie spent with us and for how technology has allowed us to connect with her, which wasn’t available when we started our book club 18 years ago!

Mouth Trap by Rebbecca Brown

We went a bit out of our comfort zone to read Rebbecca Brown’s poetry anthology, Mouth Trap. Most of us haven’t read much poetry and were delighted to have had the opportunity for Rebbecca to join us for dinner, reading, and a discussion. We spoke about process, flow, succinctness, deliberateness, imagery in words, and personal experience.

December’s Book Club

17 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo, this time at The Counter, Salt & Straw, and Bookstar. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

December’s Book Club & America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

16 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party plus a book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

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Comments:
• I couldn’t get into this particular book. I tried on a couple of occasions but just didn’t find a connection with the narrator’s voice. I stayed in the childhood section of the book and didn’t move beyond. – Hillary
• The beginning was slow for me; but once they moved to Europe, I feel that I got really engrossed. – Chelsea
• The further I got into this book, the sadder I felt. – Kerry
• I was completely pulled into this story and found the power structure fascinating and horrifying. – Steph
• I really enjoyed this read. Loved getting into the characters and enjoyed the historical references. – Carrie
• I loved the history and actually looked up a bunch of references while I was reading, but I was shocked by the familial violence. It was not the picture I think of when I think of the families of our founding fathers. – Danica

December’s Book Club

15 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo, this time at Chi’s Chinese. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

December’s Book Club & The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

14 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party plus a book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

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Comments:
• I love her writing style and once I got used to the fact that this is really vignettes and not a story, I really enjoyed it. – Danica
• It was really boring and did not draw me in. – Sarah
• I remember reading this in high school. Didn’t like it then, didn’t like it now. – Tami
• I really like her writing style and I always enjoy short stories. Felt like reading long poems. – Steph
• I read it, but did not get engaged or see any point to the story. Easy read though. – Carrie
• I liked the vignette format. Wonderful writing. – Kerry

December’s Book Club

13 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo, this time at Royal Delhi Palace. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

The City Center by Simone Pond

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Comments:
• It was a fast read and an interesting take on the post apocalyptic world. I felt a few things were hanging but overall good. – Sarah
• It was a fast, interesting read. Really enjoyed the creativity and ideas, but felt some developments happened too easily. – Carrie
• Fun evening with the author! – Kerry
• I really enjoyed this. It was fast and easy to read. Really enjoyed meeting the author. – Tami
• This was a really fun read. Having it set in Los Angeles was great and I felt there were some great creative elements to the plot. – Marlo
• A super fun, fast read with great ideas and world building. I wish some of the plot would have actually been slowed down a bit to allow for more character development. – Danica
 
Conclusion: We loved meeting Simone and had a a great night with her discussing the book and life. Thank you Simone for joining us!

The Manhattan Project by Cynthia C. Kelly

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Comments:
• The book is really fascinating. It really takes the best parts of many different books on the subject and places them as a a cohesive narrative. Very informative and the pictures are great. – Sarah
• I really enjoyed the first part of the book – it’s fascinating. I hope to finish it one day. – Steph
•  I loved this book. The science was incredibly interesting and I found it very timely, reading it during the Iranian nuclear talks. – Danica
 
Conclusion: Those who read it really loved it, those who didn’t were pretty much convinced to give it a try after our discussion.

I’m Walking as Straight as I Can by Geri Jewell

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Comments:
• Geri’s honesty and humor made reading her memoir enjoyable! Having Geri at our book club was priceless! – Melissa
• Awesome book. I love her honesty, vulnerability and her strength through life’s experiences. -Dina
• This was a great personal insight into Geri’s life. Not only was it enlightening to gain more understanding and admiration for how determinedly she has overcome and succeeded with her CP, but it was also relatable to anyone who has experiences of growing up. – Marlo
• Geri’s was so incredibly honest with her writing that I felt like I knew her even before she arrived at book club. Her positivity, determination and humor is inspiring. It was so generous for her to come and indulge us in a wonderful conversation at our book club. – Danica
• I enjoyed reading this book. It felt like I had known Geri forever after I read it. A great evening talking with the author! – Kerry
• I really enjoyed reading about her life. She is an amazing lady. – Tami
• I really enjoyed this read. It was easy and fun. I felt so connected to Geri and so invested in her life. Her honest, humorous writing style was refreshing. – Carrie
 
Conclusion: We loved meeting Geri and had a wonderfully thought provoking conversation with her. Thank you Geri for joining us!

December’s Book Club

11 years, not too shabby!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

December’s Book Club

We made it to 10 years!!! For that, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

December’s Book Club

This year we decided to forgo discussing a book during our Annual December/Birthday/Holiday Book Club. As usual we exchanged gifts (paperback books, Secret Santa style) and picked our next round of classics (viewable here at the bottom of the page). We also took our annual birthday photo, 9 years and counting!!!

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