Last Thursday Book Club
2005 Schedule  -  celebrating a dozen years of literacy in the high desert ...

 This month's selection
Meeting Date Host Selection Notes
27 January 2005

Joel Nash


7508 Dellwood
Road NE

Between Candelaria
and Comanche

go West off
2nd house from
south side.




the new verse translation by
Seamus Heaney
(at least 11 copies in RGLS -
specify the Heaney translation)

In the introduction to his translation, Seamus Heaney argues that Beowulf's role as a required text for many English students obscured its mysteries and "mythic potency."
We are treated to a world view in which a thane's allegiance to his lord and to God is absolute.  
Good Review.


[NP:  Rob ]
24 February  2005

Charlie Palmer (243-4962) 

1506 Park SW

From I-25, go West on Central or Lomas; then South on 14th St.  
Cross Central, continue 2 or 3 blocks, then turn right onto Park (1st stop sign).

Ornament of the World
The Ornament of the World

  How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

 by María Rosa Menocal

Published in paperback by Little Brown, 2001.
Readers Guide   

In the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia,' there is a scene in which
 Prince Faisal alludes to medieval Spain under the Muslims,
a period when the Islamic world was at its height in many ways.
 Faisal accuses Lawrence of being one of those "desert-loving
Englishmen," whereas the Arabs instead love fountains and gardens
-- according to Faisal, the epitome of such love is the grandeur of the
"vanished gardens of Cordoba."

The Ornament of the World is the history of medieval Spain under
the Muslims, from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries.
This was a rare period in history, when Christianity, Judaism,
and Islam flourished side by side, tolerating one another
and borrowing language, art, and architecture from each other.

 In Arabic poetry, the "gardens of Cordoba" for centuries have
stood for the Muslim cultural achievements attained during this period.

 [NP: Rob ]

31 March 2005

Mike Blackledge   (294-6030)
14321 Stalgren Ct NE
(from Tramway & Copper, go East 5 blocks, then right on Parkside, immediate left onto Stalgren Ct.)

by James Bradley..

 You've heard of Iwo Jima - but do you knoJames Bradleyw the (true) story of ChiChi Jima? ... not easy to forget ...
17 copies in the Rio Grande Library System - no waiting !

[NP:  Rob ]
28 April 2005
Tom Genoni  (292-4985)
1616 Catron SE

 Housekeeping Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson

(scholarly essay)

reader's guide
MarilynneThe concept of an American author of fiction whose work has been banned in England and who considers all environmental groups useless intrigues the mind.  Many of us are not familiar with Marilynne Robinson (1943 - ), perhaps because she has written very  few books.  Her first, Housekeeping (1981) became an immediate American classic, receiving the P.E.N./ Hemingway award for best first novel and the Rosenthal Award, plus being nominated both for the P.E.N./ Faulkner and the Pulitzer Prize.   You are encouraged to buy a copy; there are ten copies in the Rio Grande library, with many holds.  Published 1981;  in paperback, easy acquisition for $10.50 from Page One on the Internet. 

[NP:  Rob Joel ]
26 May 2005

Ron B. 
701 Loma Linda SE
between Carlisle and Washington, take
Montclaire south

Acqua Alta   
Acqua Alta
by Donna Leon

study guide

  the phenomenon 

Acqua Alta by Donna Leon is one of a series of 
13 mysteries set in present day Venice.
I'd like to introduce the book club to this author
for an easy and enjoyable read.
There are 13 copies in the library.

- Ron

Donna LeonComplex, moral, gracious,
and fiercely loyal,
Commissario Guido
Brunetti is a husband,
father, detective, and,
above all, a proud
resident of the enchanted
floating city of Venice.

[NP:  Jack, Rob]
30 June 2005

Don Benoist (296-2533) 
7709 Harwood Ave NE

West of Wyoming, between Comanche and Montgomery; one block N of Comanche; turn west onto Harwood, two long blocks down on right.

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by  Khaled Hosseini    
Khaled HosseiniAn epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
[NP:  Jack]
28 July 2005

 Rob Easterling (286-8796) 
East Mountains: 51 Avenida del Sol, Cedar Crest, NM 87008 Take N14  4.5 mi. N of I-40 (exit 175, Cedar Crest).
Turn Left into Ventana del Sol subdivision.  Follow
 keypad instructions.

 Florence of Arabia  Florence of Arabia
by Christopher Buckley



While Nazarah was still dreaming of psychedelic antelopes, the CIA guards and Virginia state trooper Harmon G. Gilletts, weapons drawn, examined their catch through the car's windows.

...and you thought you had difficulty understanding the Middle East. 

Hilarious -  oh, and exploding camels, too!  Ben would have loved this !  

Many copies in the RGLS ...  -  272 pages in paperback -

In town:  Gary G.
Unavail:   Ed D.
25 August 2005
Jack Ferrell
17 Sunset Blvd
Placitas, NM
I-25 Exit 242
East on NM 165.

Right at the 5-mile marker onto Tunnel Springs Road.
Right onto Quail Meadow Road (first street on right - 0.2 mile)
Right onto Leah Lane (first street on right-0.4 mile)
Right onto Sunset Blvd
(100 yards)
17 Sunset Blvd is the third drive/house on the left.
Toni - Cover
by Toni Morrison
Reader's Guide - Character analysis
Bio:  Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison (1931 - ) is a Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature (1993).  Beloved was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.  Ophrah Winfrey was so taken with the book that she bought the rights, produced and starred in the powerful and disturbing movie adaptation in 1998. 

29 September 2005
Keith Gilbert 


913 Parkland Circle SE

From Wyoming, go West on Zuni; continue West to Carlisle;
Go South on Carlisle until the median disappears;
(or changes drastically);
Go East;
Keith is on this street, on the North side.

The ActualThe Actual
by Saul Bellow

The Saul Bellow Society offers everything on the man, including critical reviews of his twenty or so works.
"There are times when I need to ride in the sSaul Bellowubway at rush hour or sit in a crowded movie house-that's what I mean by a humanity bath.  As cattle must have salt to lick, I sometimes crave physical contact." (from Ravelstein, 2000)

Jewish-American Author - won Nobel Prize for literature in 1976.  Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec in 1915.  His parents had emigrated from Russia to Canada in 1913.  Bellow was raised until the age of nine in an impoverished, polyglot section of Montreal, full of Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Greeks, and Italians.
Six copies of "The Actual" are actually in the RGLS.  Keith tells us that we're talking about 124 pages total.  (RV:RE; UN:DT)
27 October 2005

Ed Duff
Tanoan area:
9709 Pebble Beach NE

(Enter Tanoan onto Tanoan Drive, north off Academy, between Eubank and Ventura.  Take 3rd left onto Pebble Beach Drive.  2nd house on right.)

 No Ordinary Time
No Ordinary Time
 A compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. With an uncanny feel for detail and a novelist's grasp of drama and depth, Doris Kearns Goodwin brilliantly narrates the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States.
Six copies in the RGLS;  also six audio volumes.

[3rd] Thursday: 
17 November 2005
[Thursday before Thanksgiving]

Ken Gillen


331 White Oaks Dr. NE

(From Tramway and Live Oak Rd [one block N. of Paseo del Norte], go EAST 0.6 mi on Live Oak, then SOUTH 0.3 mi on White Oaks Dr. to last house on right.  Pay no attention to most of the house numbers.).

Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart


Chinua Achebe

study guide
"Things Fall Apart" is Africa's best-loved novel.

  First published in 1958, a relentlessly unsentimental rendering of Nigerian tribal life before and after the coming of colonialism. 
15 copies in the RGVLS; also, a couple of Cliff's Notes...

(UN: RB, ED)
29 December 2005
[Thursday after Christmas]

Mike Blackledge   (294-6030)
14321 Stalgren Ct NE
(from Tramway & Copper, go East 5 blocks, then right on Parkside, immediate left onto Stalgren Ct.)
The Nigger of the Narcissus

(interesting review by Nick Burningham)

by Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad 1857- 1924 
This is our Christmas Season story for 2005.  Who is the central character of this story?
We will have wrapped book-exchange at this meeting.  Bring a book you are more than willing to give away, even if you receive  The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat in return.   
It is suggested that you check-out a Conrad collection to acquire this short book. The entire text for this 124 page novella can be found on-line One can search for any word in the text from this site

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