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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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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