The Crossings Book Club — October, November and December Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing Don’t Turn Your Back on the Ocean, by Janet Dawson. In the fourth book in her Jeri Howard Private Investigator series, Jeri takes a much-needed vacation to Monterey to visit her mother, Marie, and a host of other relatives. Some vacation. Things go downhill rapidly, starting with a body on the beach. [From website blurb].

In November, we’ll be reading The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America, by David Hajdu, a history of the 1950s backlash against comics. Parents, teachers, and guardians of community morals judged comics to be dangerous to children. Comic books were burned in public bonfires. Cities passed laws to outlaw comics. Congress took action with televised hearings that nearly destroyed the careers of hundreds of artists and writers [from the publisher's blurb]. David Hajdu is the best-selling author of Positively 4th Street, about Bob Dylan and Lush Life, about the lives of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, November 19.

December’s book will be Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, a hilarious take on Armageddon. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse have hit the road, and only Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel and Crowley, a fast-living demon –who’ve both grown fond of humanity over the millennia — can stop it. They have until next Saturday. First published in 1990, Good Omens was recently made into a BBC television series. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 17.

–L.K.

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15th Anniversary Party at Berkshire Books!

Were having a party to celebrate the 15th year of Berkshire Books!

When: Sunday, August 11, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Berkshire Books, 3480 Clayton Road, Concord

Please join us for light refreshments and bookish conversation!


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The Crossings Book Club — August and September Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. “The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote” [Publisher's blurb]. A vivid account with all the drama and suspense of a novel.

September’s book is Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories, by Agatha Christie, with a foreword by Charles Todd. Over fifty stories, from short stories to novellas, featuring Christie’s popular detective. Read them all! The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, September 17.

– LK

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The Crossings Book Club — June, July and August Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett. Set in the political and religious turmoil of the sixteenth century and the struggle between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, the story follows the lives of Mary Fitzgerald and Ned Willard, who find themselves on opposing sides of the conflict. Leaving Mary behind, Ned finds himself in a world of intrigue and danger as one of Elizabeth’s new secret service. A Column of Fire is the third book in Follett’s Kingsbridge series, a sequel to The Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007).

Cover of "Noir" by Christopher MooreJuly’s book will be Noir by Christopher Moore. The author of The Stupidest Angel, Fool, and The Serpent of Venice (among many other weird and silly books) takes on the hard-boiled detective genre. “Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars” [Publisher's description]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, July 16.

In August, we’ll be reading The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. “The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote” [Publisher's blurb]. A vivid account with all the drama and suspense of a novel. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, August 20.

– LK

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The Crossings Book Club — April, May and June Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. “One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy.” She decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project. Her book “synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness” (from publisher’s blurb).

In May, we’ll be reading The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee, which describes her early life under a brutal and repressive dictatorship, her decision at age eighteen to leave the country, her harrowing escape and defection, and her long and ultimately successful struggle to help her family escape to South Korea. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, May 21.

June’s book will be A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett. Set in the political and religious turmoil of the sixteenth century and the struggle between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, the story follows the lives of Mary Fitzgerald and Ned Willard, who find themselves on opposing sides of the conflict. Leaving Mary behind, Ned finds himself in a world of intrigue and danger as one of Elizabeth’s new secret service. A Column of Fire is the third book in Follett’s Kingsbridge series, a sequel to The Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, June 18.

– LK

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The Crossings Book Club — February, March and April Meetings

Cover of Woman Who Smashed CodesOur next meeting is Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, by Jason Fagone. The book tells the “incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II” (publisher’s blurb).

In March we’ll be reading Still Life by Louise Penny, the first book in the mystery series featuring Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector with the Sûreté du Quebec. The story takes place in the small Quebec village of Three Pines. From the publisher’s blurb: “To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?” The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 19.

April’s book will be The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. “One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy”—yet she spent no time thinking about her happiness. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project…The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness” (publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, April 16.

– LK

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The Crossings Book Club — November, December and January Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, the classic 1959 gothic horror novel considered to be one of the best twentieth-century ghost stories. The novel has been made into a play and several films, and most recently is the inspiration for a Netflix television series.

December’s book will be Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel (A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror). What happens if you make a Christmas wish — and your Guardian angel’s “not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch?” A young boy thinks he’s witnessed Santa Claus being murdered, and has one Christmas wish: “Please Santa, come back from the dead.” I think you can take it from there… The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 18.

In January we’ll be reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. “One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one — homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?” Harari attempts to answer these questions in a “narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution… that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human’ (from the publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, January 15.

– LK

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The Crossings Book Club – August, September and October Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be the grandson she believed had died in the bombing of Nagasaki, she is forced to confront painful memories of the years in Japan before the war. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle? (From the publisher’s blurb.)

In September we’ll be reading Chasing Klondike Dreams by Marc Paul Kaplan, an historical novel about three outcasts — a disillusioned Yale Divinity School student, a prostitute condemned after defending herself against a wealthy customer, and a renegade son of a wealthy San Francisco merchant —  who “converge in Skagway, Alaska struggling to ride the crest of the Klondike Gold Rush” (publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, September 18.

October’s book will be Lee Child’s Killing Floor — Child’s debut novel, and the first book in the popular Jack Reacher series. “Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell” (publisher’s blurb).  The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, October 16.

– LK


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Vacation!

We will be on vacation

from Sunday, July 1 through Monday, July 9


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The Crossings Book Club — June, July and August Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 12 (note: this is the second Tuesday of the month), at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Kill Artist, by Daniel Silva. A former Israeli-intelligence operative turned restorer of priceless works of art is being called back into the game to catch a terrorist bent on one last killing spree. What begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by political intrigue and deep personal passions (from the publisher’s blurb).

July’s book is When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall. Set in a future Britain, ravaged by floods and a deadly virus, this novel is equal parts near-future dystopia, a tale of suspense, and a coming-of-age story. Roza’s family lives in a Birmingham tower block, relatively safe and comfortable, if isolated. Then a stranger arrives… The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, July 24 (note date change from the 3rd to the 4th Tuesday of the month).

In August we’ll be reading The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be the grandson she believed had died in the bombing of Nagasaki, she is forced to confront painful memories of the years in Japan before the war. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle? (From the publisher’s blurb.)  The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, August 21.

–LK

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