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  • Date: November 30, 2019, By Andrew Category - Share/Discuss

    Yes, I chose this headline to get your attention.

    Hi all. I’m excited to be with you all at the December 20th Club. I bought the book on kindle and am starting it soon.

    Since moving to Colombia in August, I’ve been reading a ton to pass the time, escape the constant sense of newness, and to relax.

    • Octavia Butler – Wow! I have loved reading these “speculative fiction” books that land near-sci-fi, and include time travel, alien-human sex, and tragically close to Trumpian reality stories. Fantastic reads, powerful writing. Catchy.
      • The Parable of the Sower
      • The Parable of the Talents
      • Kindred
      • The Patternist Series (4)
      • Xenogenesis Trilogy (Lilith’s Brood)!!!! AMAZING. READ!
    • N.K. Jemisin
      • The Broken Earth Trilogy (3 Hugo awards)
    • Monte Melnick – On the Road with the Ramones
    • Martha Wells – The Murderbot Diaries (1 and 2). – Awesome human/robot/mixed adventure
    • Geoff Rodkey – We’re Not From Here – Awesome audio book, kid friendly
    • Peter Brown – The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes – Kid friendly, great read for anyone
    • Tom Feiling – Short Walks from Bogota – still reading
    • Madeline Miller – Song of Achilles – reading today, gripping, loved her other book Circe.

    …and some others. I’m doing a 40 book challenge with my students where I read a bunch of books in different genres, all 5th grade level books. I’ve enjoyed most of them…

    Must Read. Get the first one.
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  • Date: November 30, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Our next book is The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson.

    Jim will be hosting our next Book Club in Longmont on December 20th. We may have a special guest from Colombia.

    Newcomer Chris will be bringing the picks.

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  • Date: November 20, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Book club is this Friday at Erik’s house. Address: 1313 Short Ct, Louisville, CO 80027

    Here are the picks, from Quinn:

    Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
    288 pages

    Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a
    Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of
    science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor
    Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and
    bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human
    being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the
    creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-
    innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge
    against his creator, Frankenstein.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
    370 pages

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a
    poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in
    1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing
    the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been
    bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family
    can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a
    riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific
    discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about
    the mother she never knew.

    The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) – Craig Johnson
    358 pages

    Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, knows he's got trouble
    when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three
    accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern
    Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more
    volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to
    see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.

    The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother – James McBride
    291 pages

    Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive
    about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James
    McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his
    own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of
    Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.

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  • Date: October 21, 2019, By Erik Category -
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  • Date: October 19, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Our next book is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

    Erik will be hosting our next Book Club in Louisville on November 22nd. Quinn will be bringing the picks.

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  • Date: October 15, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Book club is this Friday at Gunbarrel Brewing. Address: 3506, 7088 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO 80301

    Here are Greg’s picks:

    Hillbilly Elegy
    257 Pages
    From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

    Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

    The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

    But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

    A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

    Norse Mythology
    301 Pages
    Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.

    In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

    Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

    Squirm
    276 Pages
    Some facts about Billy Dickens:
    * He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.
    * Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.
    * Billy isn’t the type to let things go.
    Some facts about Billy’s family:
    * They’ve lived in six different Florida towns because Billy’s mom always insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
    * Billy’s older sister is dating a jerk. It’s a mystery.
    * Billy’s dad left when he was four, and Billy knows almost nothing about him.
    * Billy has just found his dad’s address–in Montana.
    This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

    Educated
    334 Pages
    Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

    Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

    Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

    Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

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  • Date: September 22, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Friday at book club, we picked Looking For Alaska as our next book. Thanks for hosting, Greg.

    Our next book club will be October 18th at the Gunbarrel Brewery. Greg will bring the picks.

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  • Date: September 19, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Book club is this Friday at 6:30pm at Greg’s house. Address:

    141 Snowmass Pl
    Longmont CO, 80504

    Here are Ryan’s picks:

    Looking for Alaska – December 28, 2006
    by John Green
    First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.

    Last words.

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

    Casting Deep Shade: An Amble – February 12, 2019
    by C. D. Wright
    Casting Deep Shade is a passionate, poetic exploration of humanity’s shared history with the beech tree. Before Wright’s unexpected death in 2016, she was deeply engaged in years of ambling research to better know this tree―she visited hundreds of beech trees, interviewed arborists, and delved into the etymology, folk lore, and American history of the species. Written in Wright’s singular prosimetric style, this “memoir with beech trees” demonstrates the power of words to conserve, preserve, and bear witness.

    An excerpt

    Educated: A Memoir – February 20, 2018
    by Tara Westover

    An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

    Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

    A Wrinkle in Time – May 1, 2007
    by Madeleine L’Engle
    It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

    “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

    A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

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  • Date: September 14, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Hope to see you there.

    September 20th Club

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  • Date: August 17, 2019, By Robert Category - Share/Discuss

    Last night at Book Club we picked Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace for our next book. Thanks for hosting, Tim.

    Next Book Club will be September 20th at Greg’s place in Longmont. Ryan will be bringing the picks.

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