October’s Meeting – Ghost Story Month II


We’ll be switching our regular meeting timt to the THIRD Thursday of the month beginning in October 2011.  Our meeting will then be on October 20th.

We’re reading Ghost Story favorites this month.  So far we have:

“The Middle Toe of the Right Foot” by Ambrose Bierce (Dale’s pick)


“Satan’s Fall” by Robert Lyle (Jan’s pick)


“The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde (Sonja’s pick)


 “The Ash Tree” by M.R. James (Jay’s pick)


“The Screaming Skull” by F. Marion Crawford (Julia’s pick)


“The Judge’s House” by Bram Stoker (Al’s pick)


“The Upper Berth” by Marion Crawford (Ann Marie’s pick)


Others will be posted as soon as I receive.  Hope everyone has a good… fright. 🙂



September Meeting – Some Buried Caesar

We will be meeting Thursday, September 22nd to discuss Hoosier native Rex Stout’s mystery novel, Some Buried Caesar.

Happy reading!

Short Story Month IV coming soon – (July 28th)

This July, we’ll be celebrating our fourth annual “Short Story Month.”  All members are asked to pick a short story (hopefully one in the public domain that an internet copy can be linked to, or at least one short enough to be scanned to a pdf and shared that way) for the group to read.  Thus far, for 2011 we have the following entries:

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz – by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Dale’s pick) 

Casey at the Bat – by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (Sonja’s pick)

A Shameful Affair – by Kate Chopin (Kim’s pick)

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge – by Ambrose Bierce (Al’s pick)

A Piece of Steak by Jack London (Jay’s pick)

The Conjurer’s Handbook by Alice Hoffman (Julia’s pick)  – copy distributed by Julia

Rikki-Tiki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (Jan’s pick) – copy distributed by Jan

Smee by A.M. Burrage (Ann Marie’s pick)

Others will be added as they are received…

Reading for June:

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

(placed on the bookshelf by Julia, picked to read by Dale)

from goodreads.com:

The Sun Also Rises was Ernest Hemingway’s first big novel, and immediately established Hemingway as one of the great prose stylists, and one of the preeminent writers of his time. It is also the book that encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of a group of American and English expatriates in Paris on an excursion to Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway’s evolving style. Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920s and brutally realistic descriptions of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. In an age of moral bankrupcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illustions, this is the Lost Generation.

Reading for March: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

March 24th – The Help by Kathryn Stocket (Kim’s pick, added by Sonja)

From goodreads.com:

If you’ve enjoyed the southern charm of Fannie Flagg or The Secret Life of Bees, you’ll find The Help a delight. Miss Eugenia Phelan (“Skeeter” to her friends) is a young woman of privilege who enjoys her fellow Junior Leaguers but sometimes finds their ways at odds with her own principles. She plays the part of her station in 1960s Mississippi but can’t help feeling dissatisfied with keeping house and acting as recording secretary at league meetings, and yearns for something more.

Minny, Miss Celia, Aibileen, and Yule May are maids employed by Skeeter’s friends. Each woman cooks, cleans, and cares for her boss’s children, suffering slights and insults silently and sharing household
secrets only among themselves. In the wake of the Junior League push to create separate bathrooms for the domestic help within private homes, Skeeter contacts a New York book editor with an idea. Soon she’s conducting clandestine meetings with “the help” to capture their stories for publication. It is a daring and foolhardy plan, one certain to endanger not only the positions but the lives of the very women whose stories she transcribes — as well as her own.

Stockett is a wonderful novelist, and The Help is a charming, thoughtful novel about women finding their voices, and the truths we see when we have the courage to look unflinchingly into the mirror.

Reading for February: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Several months back, a fellow book blogger posted a link to the new trailer for the movie adaptation for “Beastly” that is due out in march. Click here to see the trailer.  Clearly it has a “younger audience” in mind, but I think you’ll find the book enjoyable nonetheless.  -Jay

February 24th –  Beastly by Alex Flinn (added by Jay, picked by Sonja)

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Location change

We’re now meeting next Thursday at Ann Marie’s, NOT Julia’s. Look forward to seeing everyone there and hope you all are enjoying APrayer for Owen Meany…