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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The Crossings Book Club — August Meeting

August’s book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, a nonfiction book that “celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.” (From the Publisher’s blurb)

The meeting to discuss the novel is Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Book Club – July Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, July 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 Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, a comic novel centering on a vinyl records shop on the cusp of Oakland and Berkeley.

–Lynn Kuehl

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The members have chosen the next three books for The Crossings Bookclub, two nonfiction titles and a novel.

In June, we’ll be reading In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larsen, an account of William Dodd’s Ambassadorship to Germany during 1933-1937, when he and his family lived in Berlin, at first oblivious to, but quickly becoming aware of the evils of the Third Reich.

The book for July is Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, a comic novel centering on a vinyl records shop on the cusp of Oakland and Berkeley.

August’s book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, a nonfiction book that “celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.” (From the Publisher’s blurb)

The next meeting, to discuss In The Garden of Beasts, is Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Bookclub – May Meeting

This month’s bookclub selection is the historical mystery novel Dissolution by C.J. Sansom.

The meeting to discus the novel is Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Bookclub – April and May Selections

For April, the members have chosen The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti, a very personal story of great tragedy and triumph in the setting of modern Palestine during the Israeli occupation and settlement.

Cover of the Almond Tree

For May, the book chosen was Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. This one is a historical mystery novel that may remind some readers of The Name of the Rose or the Cadfael mysteries.

The next meeting, to discuss The Almond Tree, is Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Book Club

New Book Club!

So, I realize the fact that a new book club has formed isn’t exactly earth-shattering news. We’ve had our first meeting, we’ve chosen a schedule, we’ve chosen a book to read. We’ve even chosen who will bring the snacks to our next meeting. All normal book club activity, nothing outrageous or unusual about any of this, except…

It’s my first book club, and I’m helping to facilitate it, give birth to it, however you want to put it. It’s kind of exciting! I hope the new members are excited too, but I’m really excited because they chose to read my book suggestion. Yikes! Excited — and a bit nervous, partly because I didn’t mean to nominate this particular book; it was just an off-the-cuff suggestion. But it’s a good book! It’s called Booked to Die, and I think it’s a pretty good mystery novel. Other people think so too — it’s won awards, after all. And it’s a mystery that involves books and bookstores. And book collectors. I think that’s what appealed to the group. In any case, when we passed around the post-its to vote for a book to read next month, I was surprised to find the book I’d mentioned offhand was the first choice.

So, Booked to Die by John Dunning is our first pick. I anxiously await the judgment of the Crossings Book Club whether this book is worthy. So, Joan, Linda, Olive, Leslie, Lynne, Judy, Barbara, Carole, Jie, Debbie, Robin and Andy — please be gentle! This is the first of many (hopefully) good or (even sometimes) great reads we’ll study together.

Special thanks to Andy for starting the club, providing the space at the Clubhouse, and providing tasty snacks and wine.

The Crossings Book Club: Third Tuesday of every month

Next meeting: Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

At the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521, at “the Crossings”)

[Edited to add: Judy, Olive and Jie have purchased copies of the book and are willing to loan them to other members of the group.]

–Lynn Kuehl

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New Arrivals: Entertainment Reference Shelf

We’ve acquired a short stack of McFarland reference books on film, television and radio. All the info at your fingertips on police on film, early sound films, B Western movie actors, radio crime fighters and more! An autobiography by James Arness, a history of Fibber Mcgee and Molly, and a list of great Brit-Coms. All of these are as new, or new in the original shrink wrap; some are hardcover first editions. Check them out here!

McFarland book covers

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