|Last Thursday Book Club 2017 Schedule|
Celebrating the Centennial of the Pulitzer Prize!
|And for Poetry: Anthem for Doomed Youth|
26 January 2017
7120 Hawthorn Avenue, NE
From I-25 & Alameda:
Go East on Alameda 0.7 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.
From Tramway: Go West on Paseo, then North on Wyoming. Look for Blue Cypress about 1 mile north of Alameda (it is called Glendale to the right, Blue Cypress and the entrance to the housing development to the left.)
Take an immediate left onto Automn which curves around to the East and becomes Hawthorn. A mile or so gets you to 7120.
| I have chosen Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman for January's book. It should be out in paperback by then. My
wife and I both think it is a better book than has been portrayed in
many reviews and it will cause some interesting discussion--I don't
think it's as good as To Kill a Mockingbird but few books are.
Hardcopy: 278 pages. Our ABC Library System in January 2016 has 75 copies plus 13 more in Large Print! Plus ebooks, audio books on CD.
Goodreads rating: 3.3/5.0
Afternoon Gathering Thursday
23 February 2017
yes, 2 pm!
The February meeting will take place at my house on 23 February at 2:00 pm during daylight hours to make it easier to find mi casa in the foothills of the Sandias.
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 Blvd17 Sunset Blvd is the second drive/house on the left after the
"Private Drive--No Turn Around" sign (approximately 200 yards).
| I have chosen The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen as my
selection for 2017. This past year I have spent some time
reflecting on the American and my own personal experiences with
Vietnam. I am hoping this novel will provide some additional
insight for us. Besides 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the
Pulitzer Prize and Nguyen is the 2016 prize winner.
371 pages in hardback, 384 in paperback. Our ABC Library has 16 copies, plus ebook. Kindle for $7.02; $7.39 in paperback.
30 March 2017
11921 Caribou Ave., NE
From Academy and Tramway,
One that our ex-Navy or small boat fans will like is: “My Old Man And the Sea’ by David Hays.
27 April 2017
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri (Author), Stephen Sartarelli (Translator),
5cy in library, Kindle, used books
The Shape of Water is the first book in the sly, witty, and engaging Inspector Montalbano mystery series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life. Silvio Lupanello, a big-shot in Vigāta, is found dead in his car. The car happens to be parked in a part of town used by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigāta's most respected detective. With his characteristic mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano battles against the powerful and corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer.
25 May 2017
1506 Park Ave SW
I-25, go West on Central or Lomas; then South
on 14th St.
Only exists in hardcopy at this time.. 54 copies in our ABC library but over 200 holds! Used copies on-line start at $8.50 to include shipping. Amazon: $15..
29 June 2017
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 noattention to most of the house numbers.)
27 July 2017
Lunch @ Greenside Cafe, Cedar Crest
Discussion & Dessert @ Easterling abode
Greenside CafeRob 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.
the late 1970s, Stephen Bodio, a Boston-based writer, amateur
naturalist, and falconer, happened into Magdalena, New Mexico, on the
way somewhere else. He
never left. With an assortment of birds, dogs, snakes, and books, he
took up residence in a ramshackle two-story house along US 60 and set
out to live in the way of country people. "Querencia"--the
Zen-like Spanish term means something like the tiny pocket of one's
inner life where one is truly at home--details a decade of life there.
31 August 2017
28 September 2017
(265-8122) or (250-0991)
From Wyoming, go West on Zuni to Carlisle;
Go South on Carlisle until the median disappears;
(or changes drastically);
Keith is on this street, on the North side.
Five copies in Albuquerque Library System
Be sure and obtain the book by Chester Nez
26 October 2017
| This is the final selection. Paperback, 318 pages.
Few men have lived a life of such challenge and adventure as Ernest K. Gann. Most of all, this is the story of Gann's most beloved vessels, his seventeen sirens, from the beautiful 117-ton brigantine Albatros to the incredible Butterfly - hardly more than a raft with patchwork sails - and the diminutive and flawless Thetis, who could charm even porpoises out of the sea. Filled with moments of both drama and reflective calm, Gann's ode to his seventeen sirens reveals the true romantic within every sailor.
30 November 2017
[Thursday AFTER Thanksgiving]
1415 Park Ave SW
From I-40, go South on Rio Grande Blvd, then left (East) on Central; then South on 14th St.
one might chose to turn on 15th St. at the bank building and go two blocks on the left side or three blocks on the right side to the corner of Park. My house will be on the corner on your left.
the awareness associated with zen meditation and writings of Jack Kerouac
28 December 2017
noon: meet for lunch at The Canyon Club
Chernow's Alexander Hamilton is a highly readable and entertaining tour de force, however 700 pages is too much for a monthly Book Club, let
alone a December selection. Thus our discussion area will address
pages 54 through 189.
This should provide a basic understanding of the man, his
enemies, and his energy. Following that, read what you can.
Chapter Thirteen: Publius
Chapter Fourteen: Putting the Machine in Motion
Chapter Fifteen: Villainous Business
Chapter Sixteen: Dr. Pangloss
Chapter Twenty-seven: Sugar Plums and Toys
Chapter Twenty-eight: Spare Cassius
The book is available at Costco for $12; I suggest you will want to have it in your permanent library. If you want to borrow a library copy, our ABC Library System [in Oct 2016] has 15 copies, with 18 holds on the first returned. Also available as an e-book.
for Year 2017
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27 December 2017
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