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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The Crossings Book Club — March Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 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 The Sisters Brothers, a novel by Patrick deWitt. Described as “cowboy noir” and “the most original western since the Coen Brothers re-interpreted True Grit,” this darkly comic story is set during the California Gold Rush, chronicling the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers (excerpted from publisher’s blurb).

April’s book is 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.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — February Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 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 Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, by Benjamin Wallace. Wallace tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson, which sold at auction in 1985 for a record $156,000 amid controversy over its provenance and authenticity. Wallace delves into its history, along with history and observations on wine connoisseurship, fake vintages, Jefferson’s 1787 European tour, and vivid sketches of rich and eccentric wine collectors.

In March we’ll be reading The Sisters Brothers, a novel by Patrick deWitt. Described as “cowboy noir” and “the most original western since the Coen Brothers re-interpreted True Grit,” this darkly comic story is set during the California Gold Rush, chronicling the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers (excerpted from publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 15.

–LK

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New Store Hours — Starting January 11

Beginning next week, we will be closed on Mondays, to catch up with various projects, both for the shop and personal. This is planned to be temporary, but without a definite ending date. Otherwise daily hours stay the same.

New Hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

Monday: CLOSED

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — January Meeting

January’s book is My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte. “Jill Bolte Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained and published brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain.  Through the eyes of a curious neuroanatomist, she watched her mind completely deteriorate whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered her mind, brain and body.  In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill shares with us her recommendations for recovery and the insight she gained into the unique functions of the right and left hemispheres of her brain” [publisher's Blurb]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, January 19.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — December Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 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 Jason Matthew’s spy thriller Red Sparrow. “In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole” [publisher's blurb].

–LK

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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

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.

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. Sorry, we don’t have WiFi. If the front parking lot is full, there’s more parking in the back.)

Coffee, chocolate and cookies on the house.

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

–CC

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The Crossings Book Club — October Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 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 Melanie Benjamin’s novel The Aviator’s Wife, based on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of  Charles Lindbergh and a pioneer aviator in her own right. “Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows” [publisher's blurb].

November’s book is The Missing, by Tim Gautreaux. “Set in 1920s Louisiana, The Missing is the story of Sam Simoneaux, a floorwalker at a New Orleans department store. When a little girl is kidnapped on Sam’s watch he is haunted by guilt, grief, and ghosts from his own troubled past. Determined to find her, Sam sets out on a journey through a world of music and violence, where riverboats teem with drinking and dancing, and where dark swamplands conceal those who choose to live by their own laws” [publisher's Blurb]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, November 17.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — August Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 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 I Am Pilgrim, a thriller by former journalist and screenwriter Terry Hayes (his credits include Payback, Road Warrior, and Dead Calm). Pilgrim is a retired Black Ops spy, who is drawn into a case of what appears to be a perfect murder and is soon enmeshed in international intrigue and a battle of wits against an adversary known as Saracen.

In September we’ll be reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larsen. “Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.” [Publisher's Blurb]. Discussion will be on Tuesday, September 15.

–LK

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