January 25, 2013

January 2013

So happy to start the new year with new faces in our group.  Big welcome goes to Pat, Jose and Margaret!

Here’s what we discussed:

Room – Emma Donoghue
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn  This book came up often in discussion.
And a Bottle of Rum – Wayne Curtis
Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio – Terry Ryan
Peaches for Father Francis – Joanne Harris
White Truffles in Winter – N. M. Kelby
The Lost German Slave Girl – John Bailey
The House at Tyneford – Natasha Solomons
Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan
Westwind – Ray Ellis & Walter Cronkite
Short stories by T.C. Boyle
Nothing Like it in the World – Stephen Ambrose
Facebook for Grown-ups – Michael Miller
The Panther – Nelson DeMille
Notorious Nineteen – Janet Evanovich
Tecumseh & Brock – James Laxer
Free online courses at Coursera
I, Pencil:  My Family Tree – Leonard E. Read
My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor
The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier
The Midwife’s Tale – Samuel Thomas
London’s Strangest Tales – Tom Quinn
The Lords of Discipline – Pat Conroy
Mesa Flats Resort – George Lindsey
Are We Rome – Cullen Murphy
Empires and Barbarians – Peter Heather
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cricket on the Hearth – Charles Dickens
The Chimes – Charles Dickens
Universe Next Door – Robert Anton Wilson
Seven Shadows – L. Wayne Benner
The Unincorporated Future – Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
Beethoven – Maynard Solomon
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernst Hemingway
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition – Ernest Hemingway

From our sister group in OK:

Lawton Book Bunch
January 10, 2013


Massie, Robert: Catherine the Great
Dahl, Roald: Matilda
Caldwell, Gail: Let’s Take the Long Way Home
Parton, Dolly: Dream More
Mandela, Nelson: The Long Walk to Freedom
Brown, Kenny L.: The Italians in Oklahoma
Pound, Ezra: ABC of Reading
Eliot, T.S.: Wasteland
Chevalier, Tracy: Burning Bright
Christie, Agatha: An Autobiography
Ampuero, Roberto: The Neruda Case
Le Carre, John: Our Kind of Traitor


Les Miserables
A Joyful Noise

February Events

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Greg Hoepfner’s original musical, The Juries at Cameron’s Recital Hall. (David Fennema, director) Will last approximately one hour. For a reservation call Dr. Hoepfner at 581-2449.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Professor John Morris will present As Close to Christmas as We Could Feel: Poems of Love?. Leslie Powell Gallery 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Soulful Stories. For further information, please contact Judy Neale or Kristin Herr (581-3450 x9).

From Mary Lou in MD:

Booknotes Jan 2013
Joyce Carol Oates, First Love:  A Gothic Tale (1996).   This creepy little volume is beautifully illustrated with Barry Moser woodcuts.  Josie’s mother Delia, of dubious sexual morals, comes with her daughter to live with her aunt Esther, “a stiff-girdled woman,” in a small town in upstate New York.  Esther’s great nephew Jared Jr. is home from seminary, perhaps recovering from a nervous breakdown.  He is a tyrant to his aunt, an intriguing mystery to 11-year old Josie, and a figure of increasing horror to the reader.    This is an uncomfortable book.
Charlotte Macleod, editor, Mistletoe Mysteries:  Tales of Yuletide Murder (1989).  This collection of largely cozy short stories of the season includes tales by Macleod, Peter Lovesley, Mary Higgins Clark, Sharyn McCrumb, Isaac Asimov, and Marcia Muller, among others.  Many are dryly humorous.  Short stories are ideal when holiday activities interfere with reading time.
Ralph Bradford, Reprieve:  A Christmas Story of 1863 (Washington, D.C., December 1940.)  This slim volume appears to have been privately printed by the author and the illustrator, Lester Douglas.  Jackie Evison is a young boy who travels to Washington with his mother to seek a pardon for his father, a heroic Union soldier imprisoned for dangerous discussions of military strategies in letters to his wife.  While Mrs. Evison waits to see the President, Jackie is befriended by young Tad Lincoln and his playmates.  Although President Lincoln is jealously guarded by his cabinet members Stanton, Seward and Chase, the boys manage to alert the president to the waiting Mrs. Evison, leading to a happy resolution. Lincoln’s fondness for children and his empathy with the plight of the common citizen leave him fortunately unresponsive to the political maneuvering of his cabinet members.   
Megan Mayhew Bergman, “Housewifely Arts,” One Story: Issue Number 142, November 2010. This is a delightful short story published in a gift subscription I received. It has all the elements of the genre:  brevity, focus on single theme (in this instance the nature of grief for the death of a parent), character development, resolution of a conflict.  Bergman does an excellent job of weaving past and present in the consciousness of the narrator.  I am looking forward to my next issue.

Thanks to everyone for a great meeting!  See you next time February 27.

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