The Crossings Book Club – May Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 20. We’ll be discussing Jodi Picoult’s  The Storyteller, which explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. [Info from Picoult's website].

In June, we’ll be reading The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on an expedition to Mars. “Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” [Book blurb]. The discussion meeting is Tuesday, June 16.

In July we’ll be reading another science fiction novel, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Set in 1962, it presents an alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II and the United States is occupied by Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Discussion will be on Tuesday, July 21.

–LK


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The Crossings Book Club – April Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 21, when we’ll be discussing The Kitchen House, a historical novel by Kathleen Grissom. From Grissom’s website: “In 1790, Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.”

Next up is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. In this novel, Picoult explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. [Info from Picoult's website]. Our discussion meeting is Wednesday, May 20.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club – February Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521).

We will be discussing Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. The 1889 classic travel guide turned comic novel follows three friends on a boating holiday down the Thames.

March’s book is Relic, the first book in the horror/thriller series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. From the publisher’s blurb: “Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…” Our discussion meeting is Wednesday, March 18. (Note date change)

In April we’ll be reading The Kitchen House, a historical novel by Kathleen Grissom. From Grissom’s website: “In 1790, Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.” Our discussion meeting is Tuesday, April 21.

For May, we’ve selected The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. In this novel, Picoult explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. [Info from Picoult's website]. Our discussion meeting is Wednesday, May 20.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — January Meeting

Happy New Year!

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, January 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 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, an autobiography by the first Hispanic and third woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

We’ve chosen our next three books for the coming year. In February we’ll be reading Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. The 1889 classic travel guide turned comic novel follows three friends on a boating holiday down the Thames. Our discussion meeting is Tuesday, February 17.

March’s book is Relic, the first book in the horror/thriller series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. From the publisher’s blurb: “Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…” Our discussion meeting is Wednesday, March 18.

In April we’ll be reading The Kitchen House, a historical novel by Kathleen Grissom. From Grissom’s website: “In 1790, Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.” Our discussion meeting is Tuesday, April 21.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — December Meeting

The November meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521).

Borkmann's Point coverWe’ll be discussing Borkmann’s Point, a mystery novel by Swedish writer Hakan Nesser. First published in Sweden in 1994, it won the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize in 2004 before being translated into English in 2006. The novel is the second of ten novels featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, and follows him as he helps the police in a small town investigate two axe murders.

In January, we’ll be reading My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, an autobiography by the first Hispanic and third woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

January’s meeting is January 20, 2015.

– Lynn

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NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo? Short answer, from their website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

Sound good to you? Then come join us — Berkshire Books co-owner Cheryl will once again be participating, and Berkshire Books will once again be hosting NaNoWriMo write-ins. There’s a change this year: the write-ins will be held on Saturday afternoons.

When:
Every Saturday afternoon in November
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:
Berkshire Books
3480 Clayton Road, Concord
Call (925) 685-9999 if you have questions

(Yes, we have a place to plug in your laptop. No, we don’t have WiFi)

Coffee, chocolate and cookies on the house.

For more information on this crazy program, go to nanowrimo.org

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The Crossings Book Club — November Meeting

The November meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, November 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 The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. This Edgar Award-winning mystery novel follows a police detective as he investigates a suspicious suicide — but it has an interesting twist — the case takes place as an asteroid approaches the earth. With six months before the end of the world, why bother solving one death?

Next up is Borkmann’s Point, a mystery novel by Swedish writer Hakan Nesser. First published in Sweden in 1994, it won the SwediCover -- Borkman's Pointsh Crime Writers’ Academy Prize in 2004 before being translated into English in 2006. The novel is the second of ten novels featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, and follows him as he helps the police in a small town investigate two axe murders. December’s meeting date is December 16.

– Lynn

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The Crossings Book Club — October Meeting

Date Change! This month’s meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)

Maisie Dobbs coverWe’ll be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The first book in the popular mystery series, the novel introduces “psychologist and detective” Maisie Dobbs, a young woman who starts her working life as a lady’s maid in interwar England. Given a boost up first from her employer, Lady Rowan, then from an apprenticeship with master Detective Maurice Blanche, she starts her own agency.

In November, we’ll be reading The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. This Edgar Award-winning mystery novel follows a police detective as he investigates a suspicious suicide — but it has an interesting twist — the case takes place as an asteroid approaches the earth. With six months before the end of the world, why bother solving one death? We’ll discuss this question and more on Tuesday, November 18.

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The Crossings Book Club — September Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, September 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 Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins.

Murder of the Century“The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era’s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime.” (From the jacket description)

Maisie Dobbs coverOctober’s book is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The first book in the popular mystery series, the novel introduces “psychologist and detective” Maisie Dobbs, a young woman who starts her working life as a lady’s maid in interwar England. Given a boost up first from her employer, Lady Rowan, then from an apprenticeship with master Detective Maurice Blanche, she starts her own agency. We’ll be discussing it on Tuesday, October 21.

–Lynn Kuehl

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Celebrate With Us!

Berkshire Books is 10 years old this month!

To celebrate, we’re having an informal party

Saturday, August 23
from 3:00 to 7:00 (or later!)

at Berkshire Books, 3480 Clayton Road, Concord, California
For more info, call 925-685-9999

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