Last Thursday Book Club
2011 Schedule  -  it has been 100 years since Joseph Pulitzer died   ... and 100 years since the birth of Naguib Mahfouz, Ruth McKenney, Marshall McLuhan, Flann O'Brien, Hal Porter, Mervyn Peake, and Ernesto Sabato.  So much to read.

Meeting Date Host Selection
27 January  2011
Dick Jensen

7120 Hawthorn Avenue, NE


From I-25 & Alameda: 

Go East on Alameda .7 miles.  Turn left (North) at the 4-way stop at Louisiana.  Go 0.5 miles (3rd street) to Florence.  Turn right.  Go 0.1 mile to Palm Yucca.  Turn right.  Go 0.1 mile.   Palm Yucca dead ends at Hawthorn.  Turn right.  7120 is the 4th house on the left.

Still Alice - heartbreaking
Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  It's a novel about a professor who has early onset alzheimer's--a powerful book.  I thought the subject was fitting for this group.  The book is 292 pages long and is a quick read.  The library has 10 copies and it's readily available in paperback.  I think Still Alice will lead to a lot of discussion.
24 February  2011

  Bob Woods

Academy at Tramway

11921 Caribou Ave., NE

From Academy and Tramway,
go WEST on Academy for 3 blocks,
then take a RIGHT (North) onto Antelope Run which deadends into Caribou.
House is in front of you,
a little to the left.
Queen of the South
"There is one necessary skill…in this business.   Looking at a man and instantly Arturo Perez Reverteknowing two things.   First, how much he's going to sell himself for.   And second, when you're going to have to kill him."

For February I propose “The Queen of the South” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  This is a very well plotted suspense novel that is neither religious nor ethnic as the title might lead you to suspect.


31 March 2011
 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)
HARD right onto Sunset Blvd
(100 yards)
17 Sunset Blvd is the third drive/house on the left. The 17 is in small gold numbers near the ground, near road.
 The Optimist's Daughter

Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter is my choice for 2011.  It apEurdora Weltypears that we have not read anything Eudora Welty has written and considering her place in American literature and our stage in life vis-à-vis her themes of love and loss, it may be appropriate to read one of her better known works.  She was born April 13, 1909. and died July 23, 2001.  An award-winning author and photographer who wrote about the American South. Her novel, "The Optimist's Daughter," won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

28 April 2011

  Ron Bousek

  701 Loma Linda Pl SE
between Carlisle and Washington, take
Montclaire south

   Half Broke Horses    

Jeannette Walls
  Library has 29 copies with short wait, so order early. 


26 May 2011

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.  Intersection of WhiteOaks and Paintbrush. Pay no attention to most of the house numbers.)

In The Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick
The library has several copies and many used copies are available on Amazon for 1 cent (plus $3.99 for shipping)

Check for copies in the Library -  or try

30 June 2011
Tom Genoni  (292-4985)
1616 Catron SE

(Take The Road into 4-Hills, turn right at the Y onto Stagecoach, left at the 4-way stop sign onto Cuatro Cerros, 2nd right onto Bernalillo, then 1st left onto Catron.  About half-way down Catron, 1616 house is on the right.)
Tinkers by Paul Harding
My choice is Tinkers by Paul Harding, 2010 Pulitzer Prize
winner for fiction. There are 8 copies in the library but currently 43 holds (Nov 2010).
There are a ton of new and used copies available at Amazon for five
or six bucks.
"While the Booker committee has made a habit of laying eggs of late, the Pulitzer has selected an impressive collection of literary gems. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Edward Jones' The Known World, Junot Diaz's Oscar Wao and, now, Paul Harding's Tinkers represent what great literature is all about. " - from review on

28 July 2011

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.

 keypad instructions.

The Storyteller

Mario Vargas Llosa is the 2010 Nobel Prize winner. 
Mario Vargas Llosa
Six copies in our Library system.  Check with  or  Copies for your e-book [e.g.,  Nook or Kindle]  available.
August 2011

  August is the LTBC Summer Hiatus

    All members are requested to prepare intellectually, emotionally, spiritually for the September Field Trip.  No conjugal visits.  

23 - 24 September 2011
Keith Gilbert

 (265-8122) or (250-0991)

House Made of Dawn
 The Ancient Child
Happily I recover.

Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me is taken off.
Happily I walk.

Impervious to pain, I walk.
Feeling light within, I walk.
With lively feelings, I walk.

Author:   N. Scott Momaday

(our Library system has eight copies)
special venue:
Jemez Springs Road Trip

from I-25, take Bernallillo exit 242:
Jemez Springs, NM

Los Ojos World Famous
  27 October 2011
 Joel Nash


7508 Dellwood
Road NE

Between Candelaria
and Comanche

go West off
2nd house from
south side.

River of Doubt
...  "River of Doubt" is about a trip Teddy Roosevelt took in South America after his loss for a third term, that time on the Bull Moose party ticket.   The library count is not completely certain, but the book has been a big seller and is also available in paperback. TR was always up for adventure, and the trip in South America was largely a response to the collapse of a third party presidential campaign. I can't imagine ANY of the current or future potential candidates getting out of their limos to take such a trip.  I, JN, will take the steering oar for this late Oct meeting.
[3rd] Thursday: 
17 November 2011
[Thursday before Thanksgiving]

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).

Cleopatra - a Life
Stacy Schiff Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons.  Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
Available at Costco for $9.99, at Amazon for $11.55 (new) and from $7.28 (used).  There are 34 copies at APL; back in Oct '11, all but 2 were either out or on hold.
29 December 2011
[ after Christmas]

Mike Blackledge   (294-6030)
14321 Stalgren Ct NE

(from Tramway & Copper, go East 5 blocks [counting on right], then right on Parkside, immediate left onto Stalgren Ct.)

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; The Crazed; In the PondUnder the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; and three books of poetry. He is a professor of English at Boston University and lives in the Boston area.

War Trash
War Trash
What gift will you bequeath your grandchildren?  War Trash Ha Jin
by Ha Jin
Ha Jin is on the list of the world's top 100 intellectuals.  He has written several novels in English - this one was nominated for the Pulitzer. 
Memoir of a Communist fighter in the Korean War.  Five copies available in ABQ Library system.

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