Last Thursday Book Club    

        2021 Schedule

Memoirs 1921-1941The world is changing!  What happened in the Literary World 100 years ago?  Well, Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize - shouldn't we read this?  

Meeting Date Host Selection  Notes

28 January  2021

Zoom Meeting

Dick Jensen

Zoom Meeting

2 pm

Stoner by John Williams
Stoner - quote

Stoner:  Three copies in the Library, and used copies are easy to find.

25 February  2021

Zoom Meeting

Jack Ferrell

Zoom Meeting

2 pm
Jack by Marilynne Robinson

I have  selected Jack by Marilynn Robinson for February. I am a fan of her writing.

We have read two of her other works--Good Housekeeping and Gilead--which are among our top 60 books.

It was published in Fall of 2020, so it is only available in a hardback edition for $21 from Amazon or on Kindle for $14. There are 10 copies available in the public library.

Marilynne Robinson.  

25 March 2021

2 pm!

  Bob Woods


Zoom Meeting

2 pm

Restless by William Boyd

My book selection is “Restless” by William Boyd.  I read this a couple of months ago at my wife Judy’s advice and was impressed.  (Her woman’s book club read it.)  It got very good reviews.

One paper copy in the ABC Library system, plus one ebook and one DVD audio recording.  The book was published in 2006 and many inexpensive used copies exist.
       $9.99 on your Kindle reader, or will ship you a used paperback for $8.62 total.  
   Also available via your free acount on
28 April 2021

Rob Easterling (505-379-9683) 

Guthrie, OK

Zoom Meeting

2 pm MT

(3 pm Okie Time)

 The Burglar by Block Larence Block, b. 1938 Lawrence Block is a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and the recipient of numerous Crime Writer awards in the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories. He is a devout New Yorker and enthusiastic world traveler. 
You can visit his website at   I will provide more background info when we have our April discussion.

  27 May 2021

Zoom Meeting
2 pm

Tom Genoni  (292-4985)
1616 Catron SE

Washington Square by Henry James
Washington Square
Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father.

|Free ebook on Gutenberg Project, as this book is in the public domain, as are all written by Henry James.

You can listen to it, chapter-by-chapter at  

Also available via your free account as flip-book on

  24 June 2021

Zoom Meeting:
2 pm MT,
1 pm CA time,
3 pm Guthrie OK

Ken Gillen
by Zoom

Behind the Beautiful Forevers In one of my last conversations with my wife concerning choosing a book for the LTBC, she suggested a book that her book club loved by a Pulitzer Prize winning author (Katherine Boo) that got rave reviews and was a National Book Award Winner titled "Behind the Beautiful Forevers", Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. 
  29 July 2021

in-person lunch!
in-person meeting!

Karl Irons

50 Canyon Ridge Dr.
Sandia Park, NM

From the Greenside Restaurant:  
proceed NE on NM 14 (Turquoise Trail) to Paa-Ko Drive.  It's 4.7 miles and there is a yellow intersection sign marking the turn.  Turn left onto Paa-Ko Dr. 

Proceed 0.3 miles to your second left, Canyon Ridge Dr.  Take Canyon Ridge Dr 0.5 miles to #50.  It's the first driveway on the right -- past the Winding Road sign.
The Prince by Machiavelli

This book is in the public domain and can be obtained from numerous sources on-line.

The audio book is in the ABC Library system and the Kindle book is free from Amazon.

click here for The Gutenberg Project edition free on-line.  

The Prince is the book from which the adjective Machiavellian is derived. The book is an ingenious and fascinating study of the art of practical politics, composed by a man who never rose higher than the
position of secretary to the second chancery in Florence. The success of The Prince can be attributed partly to Niccolò Machiavelli’s wit and partly to his having known some of the most clever and powerful figures of the Renaissance. His model for the “prince” was Cesare Borgia, who used all means of conquest, including murder, to achieve and hold political power.
26 August 2021

9:30 am

Breakfast Burritos

Charlie Palmer (cell:  263-4586) 

1506 Park Ave 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).

 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
There appear to be numerous editions but any Edition will do -
30 September 2021

10 am
hotdogs will be served

Keith Gilbert


New Mexico Veterans' Memorial

 1100 Louisiana SE (just north of Gibson Blvd.)

 Travels With Charley
 This book is available fully on Internet Archive.

  28 October 2021

Lunch Room opens at 12 noon; vennison and bannock; meeting follows.

Bob Simon

1415 Park Ave SW


From I-40, go South on Rio Grande Blvd, then left (East) on Central; then South on 14th St
Continue 2 or 3 blocks, then turn RIGHT onto Park  (first stop sign)

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich 

This book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
Lunch at The Canyon Club
12 noon

18 November 2021
[Thursday BEFORE Thanksgiving]

Mike Blackledge   
14321 Stalgren Ct NE

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

Hell and Good Company by Richard Rhodes

  Guernica by Pablo Picasso
Additional Assignments:  
"Hemingway in Spanish Civil War" 
  "In Search of My Brother The Communist" 


30 December 2021

1:30 pm

Peter Eller

1006 Lynch Court, NW 

(a cul de sac with limited parking,)

The Comanche Empire by Pekla Hemaloaken

With focus on the Kiowa Comanche confederacy of the Southwest during the late 18th and 19th centuries, I now suggest Pekka Hamalainen, The Comanche Empire.

This book is about an American empire that, according to conventional histories, did not exist.

But fear not. Just because this book presents a more contrarian view of Native American history does not mean you will be reading a book without acclaim. It received the 2009 Bancroft Prize.

The first 100 pages of this book is captured here.  

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