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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Happy 4th of July!

We will be CLOSED Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7.


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The Crossings Book Club — July Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 14. We’ll be discussing The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Set in 1962, it presents an alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II and the United States is occupied by Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.

And since the June meeting was cancelled due to the NBA playoffs, we’ll also be talking about The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on an expedition to Mars. “Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” [Book blurb].

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — June Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 16, to discuss The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on an expedition to Mars. “Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” [Book blurb].

In July we’ll be reading another science fiction novel, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Set in 1962, it presents an alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II and the United States is occupied by Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Discussion will be on Tuesday, July 14 (note date change).

August’s book is 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. Discussion will be on Tuesday, August 18.

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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The Crossings Book Club – May Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 20. We’ll be discussing Jodi Picoult’s  The Storyteller, which explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. [Info from Picoult's website].

In June, we’ll be reading The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on an expedition to Mars. “Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” [Book blurb]. The discussion meeting is Tuesday, June 16.

In July we’ll be reading another science fiction novel, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Set in 1962, it presents an alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II and the United States is occupied by Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Discussion will be on Tuesday, July 21.

–LK


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The Crossings Book Club – April Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 21, when we’ll be discussing The Kitchen House, a historical novel by Kathleen Grissom. From Grissom’s website: “In 1790, Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.”

Next up is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. In this novel, Picoult explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. [Info from Picoult's website]. Our discussion meeting is Wednesday, May 20.

–LK

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