Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Literary Events

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
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The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at folgeorgetown.org/calendar, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.
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Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.
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Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Reading Lolita in Tehran (and Round Rock)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi, is a nonfiction about a group of women in Iran about 10 years ago who dared to shed tradition behind closed doors, take off their veils, and read and discuss some Western literature. Insight into Iran/Iraq in the format of a book discussion group!

Our discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran was stimulating and insightful, as usual! I would say this book would have gotten about a 5 on a scale from 1-10. Bep loved it. Only about 4 of us had completed it. Others had read various amounts. The writing was good, but there were complaints. Patty was disappointed that the books that the Tehran group read weren't discussed in much detail. She wanted a real book club book about those books! Several people thought the book was too repetitive, saying the same thing over and over again, having the same ideas more than once, and covering the same ground too many times (great sentence about redundancy, eh?). Someone felt like we didn't really get to know the members of the Tehran club. I said maybe the author was really too self-involved to dig into the other women much, and I felt she was maybe a little cold.

Vernie told us about a burkha her son brought back from ?(Iran? Iraq? Saudi? sorry) She said it covers you so entirely that you feel cut off from the outside world, especially because you can hardly even see through the veil. Loretta told us about her neighbor from (Iran? Iraq? sorry again). The neighbor is there now - she has to go back for a certain amount of time every year or two to keep her citizenship.

We discussed the implications of losing freedoms. Velva regaled us with her adventures as a college freshman at a repressive Baptist college, where she occasionally rebelled and broke the rules. We talked about whether it is an individual personality trait to break rules or abide by them. Frank asked everyone to think about what we would do if our freedom to read were taken away and if the book police came to our houses to confiscate our books!

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