Our 50th Meeting

Hi all,

I just wrote  a post on my own blog about our 50th anniversary IRC meeting.  It includes a picture of all our books read so far on Sonja’s mantle if you’d like to check it out.

-Jay

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We’re Now Reading (for January 2011)

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Julia’s pick, added by Ann Marie)

Meeting January 27th

From Goodreads:

Writing from his home in Toronto, Canada in 1987, John Wheelwright narrates the story of his childhood. Peppering his narrative with frequent diary entries in which he chronicles his outrage against the behavior of the Ronald Reagan administration in the late 1980s, Wheelright tells the story of his early life in Gravesend, New Hampshire, when his best friend was Owen Meany, who he remembers as the boy who accidentally killed Wheelwright’s mother and made Wheelright believe in God. The narrative of A Prayer for Owen Meany does not follow a perfect chronology, as John pieces together the story he wants to tell.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys -— best friends -— are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

Below: Author John Irving

December 23rd Meeting

We had a nice meeting last night.  Thanks to our hosts Tim & Ann Marie (& Katie) for a great meal.  I could be mistaken, but it seems that all the wine consumed made for a slightly livelier discussion than normal…

Our next meeting will be hosted by Julia on Thursday, January 27th.   We are reading John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany”

December 2010 book

We’re reading Greg Iles’s The Quiet Game

From Goodreads.com:

Is there space in the overcrowded courtroom for one more writer of sharp, very suspenseful legal thrillers? Yes–if that writer is Greg Iles, who has proven in such varied efforts as Black Cross, Mortal Fear, and Spandau Phoenix that he knows how to squeeze the last drop of suspense out of all sorts of situations.

Iles immediately makes us feel both sympathy and empathy for his glossy hero, Penn Cage–a former ace Texas prosecutor turned suspense novelist whose sales are up there in the John Grisham Himalayan range.

Trying to cope with the recent death of his wife, Cage takes his 5-year-old daughter to Florida’s Disney World, where the child sadly sees visions of her mother everywhere in the fantasy-filled environment. Wouldn’t a trip to his parents’ stately home in Natchez be more soothing for all concerned? Wrong, as it turns out–and before Cage can catch his breath, he’s deeply involved in several dangerous matters. His father, a dedicated doctor, is being blackmailed for a past mistake in judgment, and a powerful judge (who just happens to be the father of Penn’s high school sweetheart) has a nasty personal agenda of his own. Then there’s the unsolved 1968 murder case of a black man, which Cage insists on reopening with the help of an attractive, ambitious newspaper publisher.

Iles does for Natchez what John Berendt did for Savannah in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, creating a gothic Southern landscape where elegance and depravity walk hand in hand. –Dick Adler