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Book Suggestion Needed [04 Jul 2008|03:51pm]

hotfruit
I'm new to Texas (originally from Chicago), and need to brush-up on my Texas history.  Does anybody have a suggestion for a Texas History book?  I'd like something that's engaging and accurate.  If it starts with Native American tribes and cultures, that's a plus.

Thanks for your help! 
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Meeting reminder [05 May 2008|10:31am]

rinabeana

Hey book nerds!

This is just a reminder that our next meeting is this Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 6pm at Central Market North Lamar. We'll be discussing The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon. I hope to see you there!

FYI - This is my last meeting as I'll be moving from Austin. Unless someone in the group wants to take charge of the e-mail list and/or this community, it will likely become defunct. Please e-mail if you're interested in moderating and/or participating in the group.

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Next book selection [18 Apr 2008|07:21am]

rinabeana

Our next selection is The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon. We'll be meeting on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 6pm at Central Market North Lamar.
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Meeting reminder [08 Apr 2008|07:30am]

rinabeana

This is just a reminder that our next book club meeting is this Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 6pm at the residence of two of our members. We're reading Nick Hornby's new young adult novel, entitled Slam. Please e-mail for directions if you'd like to attend.
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Next book selection [17 Mar 2008|07:22am]

rinabeana
Hey book nerds!

Our next selection is Nick Hornby's stellar new young adult novel, entitled Slam, about a 15-year-old skateboarder, his pregnant girlfriend, and his relationship with his Tony Hawk poster. Though it's pretty new (and only available in hardcover), there are several copies available through the Austin Public Library, and also one at the UT Library. If you can't get your hands on a copy, let me know, and you can borrow my library copy after I've read it.

Some members have graciously offered to host us at their abode. We'll meet on Sunday, April 13th at 6pm. E-mail for directions.

Happy reading!

Amazon

Nick Hornby's website

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Book club meeting on Saturday [10 Mar 2008|10:18am]

rinabeana

Hey book nerds!

Our next book club meeting is Saturday, March 15, 2008 at a member's apartment. We'll meet at 6pm and discuss Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle. If you're interested in coming, please e-mail for directions.

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Next book selection [17 Feb 2008|08:56pm]

rinabeana

Thanks to those who came over for A Woman in Jerusalem book club tonight. We may not have liked the book all that much, but we did have a blast making fun of parts of it and eating Levantine goodies.

Speaking of ha ha ha, our next book (in honor of St. Patrick's Day) is Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle. Our next meeting will be Saturday, March 15 at 6pm at a member's apartment. E-mail for directions.

There are a number of copies at the Austin Public Library and one at the UT Library, as well.
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Book club meeting (time change) [11 Feb 2008|11:28am]

rinabeana
Hey book nerds!

Our next meeting is on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 5pm (changed from 7pm) at my apartment. We'll be discussing A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua. E-mail for directions.

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Next book selection [20 Jan 2008|09:17pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | exhausted ]


Hey book nerds!

Our next selection is A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua. We'll meet on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 7:00pm at my apartment. E-mail if you're interested in attending. The book is available through amazon, at a number of local bookstores, and at both the Austin Public Library and UT Library.

Happy reading!

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[13 Jan 2008|06:55pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | excited ]

Hey book nerds!

This is just a reminder that our next selection is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. We're meeting next Sunday, January 20th at 7:00pm at the residence of some members (e-mail to RSVP and for directions). Also, don't forget to bring suggestions for our next book selection!

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New book selection [16 Dec 2007|11:08pm]

rinabeana

Our next book selection is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. We'll meet on January 20, 2008 at 7pm at the residence of some of our members. E-mail if you're interested in coming.

Happy holidays!
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Christmas Sing-Along/December meeting [08 Dec 2007|07:15pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | apologetic ]


Recently we decided (over the e-mail list) that we'd like to go to the Christmas Pops! Sing-Along Party at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz during our regular meeting time (Sunday, December 16 at 6:30pm) and then go out for coffee afterwards and discuss Peter Pan. I'm sorry to say that the show is already sold out, so I'm really sorry I didn't post immediately (I thought I had, but it must have slipped my mind). Feel free to send an e-mail if you want to meet up for coffee/book discussion afterwards.

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Next book selection [18 Nov 2007|07:51pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | nostalgic ]


Hey book nerds!

I think we had record attendance today with 8 people. Welcome, newcomers!

Our next book selection is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, in an effort to reconnect with our inner children (and for simplicity since it's a busy time of year). Our meeting will be Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 6:30pm at Central Market North Lamar.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Meeting reminder [13 Nov 2007|08:08am]

rinabeana
Hey book nerds!

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 6:30pm at Central Market North Lamar. We'll be discussing Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann.

Happy reading!
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Next book selection [28 Oct 2007|03:47pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | tired ]


Hey book nerds!

Our next selection is Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann. It's in high demand at the Austin Public Library, but you may be able to get a copy from them in time anyway (it depends on how long the wait is). There is also a copy at the UT Library.

We'll be meeting on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 6:30pm at Central Market North Lamar. The time is a bit later than usual to accommodate a new member. (YAY!)

Happy reading!

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Meeting reminder [19 Oct 2007|07:11pm]

rinabeana
Hey book nerds!

This is just a friendly reminder that our next meeting will be Friday, October 26, 2007 at 7:00pm at Central Market North Lamar. We're reading Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison.

We hope to see you there!
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Next book selection [30 Sep 2007|11:15pm]

rinabeana

Hey book nerds!

Our next book selection is Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison. It's available through Amazon and there are three copies currently available at the Austin Public Library (with 4 more checked out that will probably come back in before our next meeting if you want to place a hold).

Our meeting will be Friday, October 26, 2007 at 7:00pm at Central Market North Lamar.

Happy reading!
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Meeting this Sunday [25 Sep 2007|09:34pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | tired ]


Hey book nerds!

This is just a reminder that our book club meeting to discuss The Trick of It by Michael Frayn is this Sunday (September 30th) at 5pm at Central Market North Lamar.

We hope to see you there!

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Next book selection [26 Aug 2007|09:04pm]

rinabeana
[ mood | sleepy ]


Hey book nerds!

The general consensus on Tokyo Cancelled was that it was "weird".

Our next book is The Trick of It by Michael Frayn. I'd added this to my list after reading Nick Hornby's favorable review in The Polysyllabic Spree (his collection of "Stuff I've Been Reading" columns he wrote for the Believer magazine). It's available on amazon.com and there are a couple copies at the APL and one copy at the UT library.

Our meeting will be Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 5pm at Central Market North Lamar.

By the way, it seems that Nick Hornby (not unlike Grove Koger from Library Journal, quoted on amazon) didn't think the book was funny (though it seems to have been billed as such). However (unlike Koger), he describes it as "witty, smart, readable and engaging." What it lacks, according to Hornby, are Jackass: The Movie-type gags, which is really just fine with me. Hornby was concerned that Anthony Burgess apparently referred to The Trick of It as "one of the few books I have read in the last year that has provoked laughter." He (Hornby) goes on to say: "The Trick of It is about the relationship between a young college professor and his area of expertise, a middle-aged woman novelist he refers to as JL. This relationship becomes complicated, although perhaps in some ways simplified, when he sleeps with her and then marries her: he thus becomes a part of his own research material, a chapter in her still unwritten biography. We have objected to novels about writers and writing in this column before, have we not? We are concerned that the preciousness to which these novels can be prone will alienate the last few readers left out there. But we have no complaints in this case, you and Michael Frayn will be delighted to hear. The Trick of It has a healthy resonance rather than a sickly insularity—anyone who has ever been a fan will recognize something in here—and if you've read Frayn's work then you will know how effortlessly clever he is, and thus you can imagine the fun he has with the hall of mirrors he has rigged up here."

Happy reading!

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Meeting in one week [19 Aug 2007|08:36pm]

rinabeana

Hello book nerds!

This is just a friendly reminder that our next meeting is one week from today, on Sunday, August 26, 2007. We'll meet at 5pm at Central Market North Lamar to discuss Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta.

We hope to see you then!

P.S. Don't forget to bring suggestions for our next reading endeavor!
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