The Crossings Book Club — February, March and April Meetings

Cover of Woman Who Smashed CodesOur next meeting is Tuesday, February 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 Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, by Jason Fagone. The book tells the “incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II” (publisher’s blurb).

In March we’ll be reading Still Life by Louise Penny, the first book in the mystery series featuring Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector with the Sûreté du Quebec. The story takes place in the small Quebec village of Three Pines. From the publisher’s blurb: “To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?” The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 19.

April’s book will be The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. “One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy”—yet she spent no time thinking about her happiness. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project…The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness” (publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, April 16.

– LK

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