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Friday, March 25th, 2005
7:26 am
[tori_kay]
June Book Group
It was bandied about that I might do the June book group, a non-fiction work ... I think 'east' side one ... I really want to do "Warriors of God : Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade". If you are looking fwd to seeing the new Ridley Scott movie, Kingdom of Heaven, this would be right up your alley. It is written in a really accessible style and very entertaining. There's actually a plot, even though it is non-fiction.

questions:

1. How interesting does this sound (check amazon)?
2. Is there a particular Thurs in June I should choose?
3. Can I do it at a diff. location than the valley coffeehouse, but still keep it 'eastside'?

Please be frank.*

*2nd worse name pun this week, after rhe-tori-cal comment.

Current Mood: resigned
Monday, February 28th, 2005
4:47 pm
[henry_miller]
Questions for Under the Banner of Heaven ...
Found this while trying to find out if Ron Lafferty had already been executed.

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides3/under_banner_heaven1.asp
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
9:41 am
[henry_miller]
Friday, February 18th, 2005
10:35 am
[playmayt]
Michael K
For the interested.. the presentation of teh Nobel Prize to JM Coetzee... Does seem to be that Michael K was black, BTW.

http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/2003/presentation-speech.html
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
2:14 pm
[henry_miller]
Getting ready for Still Life with Woodpecker ...
this question is not central to the book, but the book is chalk-full of philosophical questions just like this one.

What law would you pass (for the world) that would really change the world?

Note: Event should be posted by Thursday.
Friday, February 11th, 2005
8:18 am
[henry_miller]
Upcoming eastside Thursday night book group books ...
How is that for a mouthful?

Here is the current plan for the eastside Thursday night book group.

February 17th - Life and Times of Michael K
March 17th - Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins (Annette leading the group)
April 14th - Scrabble scrabble scrabble and other games - month off due to the flurry of book groups that month
May 12th - Devil in the White City
June 9th - Open (Exciting Selection Upcoming By Tori! Watch here and the MyPC site for this exciting read !!!)

If you have any questions, please feel free to post them. Or if they are more private, confidential or generally unfit for eyes other than mine, feel free to email.

- Frank
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
11:47 am
[playmayt]
and speaking of odd books...
Has anyone read "Geek Love"? Someone recommended to me, and I read it, and while it is very disturbing, it's also surprisingly good...
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
5:44 pm
[jax475]
Special Book Club Installment in Mar Vista
For those of you that may not have seen it (and might miss it because the events drop off the LAPC home page so quickly), there is a special book group being led by Brian in Mar Vista on April 3rd. Their selection is "The Time Traveler's Wife".

This is a selection that many in the Westside have requested and I hesitated to do cover it because I knew Brian's group was in the works for a while and I didn't want to upstage him.

For all you Westsiders that want to discuss this book, this is your chance. Since Brian has posted this group, I will not be putting this as a selection for our group in the future.

So, I encourage anyone interested in the book to sign up!

JackieM.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
1:49 pm
[tori_kay]
Word Freak and Sea Grass
You know I had been wanting to read Word Freak and did I hear this incorrectly but did you all read it ... maybe we can do an informal or non lapc group on it ... also had such a moment of divinity today reading "Dogs ..." and looking up occasionally at some sea-grass type growth at the park near my work at lunch ... I was having such strong feelings relating to a character .... havent read Jeannie's remarks on it yet b/c I am not yet done
Monday, January 31st, 2005
9:30 pm
[jeannie33]
Discuss Novel Jamesland w/ Author Michelle Huneven
I just posted a new MYPC book event. For more information, please see:
http://www.mypeopleconnection.com/eventn130075.html
2:57 pm
[jeannie33]
Thoughts on Dogs of Babel -Warning: Possible SPOILERS
Hey all,

I finished the book last week and am dying to talk about it (AWGG! Bad pun!). Thursday is just too far off. So, just in case this thread reveals any spoilers, I will post my thoughts as a comment below.

/Jeannie.
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
6:21 pm
[jax475]
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis
I finished this non-Fiction selection today. It took me awhile to get into it.

Honestly, the book could have been about 100 pages shorter and I would have liked it better. I most enjoyed the profiles of the various "word freaks".

That also brings me to what disturbed me most about this book, which was the word freaks. I just simply can't believe that people live this way and feel sorry for these individuals. A couple of them (i.e. Matt) say that they are professional Scrabble players but they are many other players (Ron, Lester, Joe) that hold regular jobs, have families, approach normalcy. I just couldn't find much to respect in someone that is so lopsided in their life. Just like it is not attractive to me if someone spent 90 hours a week working at a desk job, it isn't attractive to pop pills so you can be a better Scrabble player.

And I liked Stefan until the very end. And then he got too much like the other guys. Right up until the Nationals, I cheered for him and wanted him to do better and felt bad for him when he had setbacks.

Very back and forth on this one.
Thursday, January 27th, 2005
3:59 pm
[jax475]
The March Westside Book Group Voting is Ready!
Well, I thought that the voting for the Westside Book Group's February selection was a success. So, I bringing it back for March. Same deal, three selections to choose from, highest vote getter will be March's selection for the group.

You can vote here:
http://www.lapeopleconnection.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?t=1326

Yay!
JackieM.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
5:49 pm
[playmayt]
10:56 am
[henry_miller]
For those that voted for Confessions of Max Tivoli
http://www.powells.com/authors/greer.html
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
10:00 am
[playmayt]
Tomcat in Love
This week's book, Tomcat in Love, took me weeks and weeks to finish. I hated the protagonist. And the writing style seemed to be trying to hard to be "Lolita" by Nabakov. I didn't enjoy that book either. Tomcat in love picked up toward the end, a little.

Next club is "Dogs of Babel" -- I tore through about half the book in one hour at the gym. I love it, though it keeps giving me pangs of grief. I want to skip to the end to find out what happens. I already know I will be disappointed when I finish it because there will be no more to look forward to.

Does that mean I am a sentimental fool after all?
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
6:50 am
[henry_miller]
In preparation for Thursday's book group ...
A survey

Do you believe the expression "once a cheater, always a cheater?".

If yes, why?
If no, why?
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
3:56 pm
[jax475]
March Westside Book Group - Your Suggestions
Hello, hello.

Here is your chance to recommend a book for the Book Group. We are doing non-Fiction for March. Any non-Fiction books that you have read that you would like to suggest, fire away. I will post 3 of them to be voted on by the group in a few weeks.

I am currently considering:

Father Joe by Tony Hendra (This is NOT a book about abuse in the Church.)
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

This is not for voting, so put out any non-fiction books you would like to see!

Happy Reading,
JackieM.
Thursday, January 6th, 2005
8:17 am
[henry_miller]
Ray Bradbury
Hi everyone. Last night at Barnes and Noble in the Westlake Village Promenade, they had an advertisement for a Ray Bradbury appearance on Sunday, January 23 at noon. He'll be signing his new book (and probably old ones too) if anyone is interested.
Monday, January 3rd, 2005
5:39 pm
[jax475]
South Bay Book Group on Feb. 20th
Hi All:

I noticed that there is a South Bay Book Group posting for Feb. 20th. It's on a Sunday, in Redondo Beach/Torrance.

The book that has been selected is Passing for Thin by Frances Kuffel. I have no idea what this book is about. The EC (Stephanie) has a lengthy description with the posting.

I know that we all can't check the calendar regularly and events disappear off the home page quickly so I just wanted to promote this Book Group since we don't get many in the South Bay area!

JackieM.
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