The Crossings Book Club — February Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 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 Roseanna, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (“the best writers of police procedurals in the world”). “The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler” (from publisher’s blurb). The Vintage Crime/Black Lizard edition has an introduction by Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander series.

In March, we’ll be reading Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes.  ”Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is” (publisher’s blurb).  The publisher calls the book “A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.” The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 21.

April’s book is The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, by Lawrence Wright. “With the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. Here, in ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, he recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS” (publisher’s blurb). April’s meeting will be on Tuesday, April 18.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — January Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 17 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 Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, a memoir by Nike founder and board chairman. “…Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.” (Publisher’s blurb).

We’ll also be considering books to read for upcoming months, so bring books to suggest to the group.

–LK

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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins Here!

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. 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

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

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The Crossings Book Club — November Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 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 When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning. “The inspiring story of an army of Librarians, 120 million special paperbacks, and the authors and books that lifted the spirits of our troops” (from jacket flap).” The book details the grass-roots campaign by librarians to send American troops free books — as a counterattack against the Nazis, who banned and burned books — and the joint program of the War Department and publishers to create the Armed Services Editions, small paperback books that soldiers could carry in their pockets.

December’s book is The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. “After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?” (Blurb from Grann’s website.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 20.

In January we’ll be reading Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, a memoir by Nike founder and board chairman. “…Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.” (Publisher’s blurb). January’s meeting is Tuesday, January 17.

–LK

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Crossing Book Club — October Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 11 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 I Am No One by Patrick Flanery. This novel “explores the tenuous link between fear and paranoia in our post-Snowden lives: a world of surveillance and self-censorship, where privacy no longer exists and our freedoms are inexorably eroded” [from Publisher's blurb].

November’s book is When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning. “The inspiring story of an army of Librarians, 120 million special paperbacks, and the authors and books that lifted the spirits of our troops” (from jacket flap).” The book details the grass-roots campaign by librarians to send American troops free books — as a counterattack against the Nazis, who banned and burned books — and the joint program of the War Department and publishers to create the Armed Services Editions, small paperback books that soldiers could carry in their pockets. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, November 15.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — August Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 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 Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett.  “Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda. Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity” [from publisher's blurb].

September’s book is Bill Browder’s memoir Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. From the publisher’s blurb: “This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life… A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.” The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, September 20.

In October we’ll be reading I Am No One by Patrick Flanery. This novel “explores the tenuous link between fear and paranoia in our post-Snowden lives: a world of surveillance and self-censorship, where privacy no longer exists and our freedoms are inexorably eroded” [from Publisher's blurb]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, October 18.

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The Crossings Book Club — July Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 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 Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible, by Chanan Tigay, a true mystery tale about Biblical scholar and journalist Tigay’s “quest to find the oldest Bible scrolls in the world and uncover the story of the brilliant, doomed antiquarian accused of forging them” [jacket blurb].

In August we’ll be reading The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett.  Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda. Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity [from publisher's blurb]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, August 16.

–LK

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4th of July Holiday

We will be CLOSED
Sunday, July 3 through Tuesday, July 5


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The Crossings Book Club — June Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 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 My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell. “When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home” (publisher’s blurb).

July’s book is The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible, by Chanan Tigay, a true mystery tale about Biblical scholar and journalist Tigay’s “quest to find the oldest Bible scrolls in the world and uncover the story of the brilliant, doomed antiquarian accused of forging them” (jacket blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, July 19.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — April Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 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 Bryce Courtenay’s novel The Power of One, which tells the story of a boy coming of age in 1930-1950′s South Africa, amid the aftermath of the Boer War, the rise of Hitler and World War II, and the beginnings of Apartheid. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, April 19.

In May we’ll be reading Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen, “a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida–now, in the Bahamas too–get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion” (publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, May 17.

June’s book is My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell. “When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home” (publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, June 21.

–LK

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