The Crossings Book Club — October, November and December Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 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 Don’t Turn Your Back on the Ocean, by Janet Dawson. In the fourth book in her Jeri Howard Private Investigator series, Jeri takes a much-needed vacation to Monterey to visit her mother, Marie, and a host of other relatives. Some vacation. Things go downhill rapidly, starting with a body on the beach. [From website blurb].

In November, we’ll be reading The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America, by David Hajdu, a history of the 1950s backlash against comics. Parents, teachers, and guardians of community morals judged comics to be dangerous to children. Comic books were burned in public bonfires. Cities passed laws to outlaw comics. Congress took action with televised hearings that nearly destroyed the careers of hundreds of artists and writers [from the publisher's blurb]. David Hajdu is the best-selling author of Positively 4th Street, about Bob Dylan and Lush Life, about the lives of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, November 19.

December’s book will be Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, a hilarious take on Armageddon. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse have hit the road, and only Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel and Crowley, a fast-living demon –who’ve both grown fond of humanity over the millennia — can stop it. They have until next Saturday. First published in 1990, Good Omens was recently made into a BBC television series. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 17.

–L.K.

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