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.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

How Good is Middlesex?

I said I would recap the discussion of Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, for you. The general consensus was that the book was very well-written and dealt with sensitive issues fairly well. Reading about the sad main character's affliction was painful; to imagine that there are numbers of these people in our world is also sad.

Most of us who finished the book found the reading somewhat compelling. Some enjoyed the whole book a lot. Some felt the beginning was slow. I thought the ending was complete and fitting, and I wondered before our discussion whether anyone would dislike the ending. Some liked the ending, and, as usual, there was criticism of the ending.

There was some discussion as to whether the main character's sexual awakening was too prolonged; some felt that at least some of the detail was needed to give a basis for the character's later decision to run from surgery. Others felt the sex to be somewhat gratuitous and in the way.

Some enjoyed the history; I felt like the history of Detroit's streets had little to do with the story and was uninteresting. The history of the small Greek town and it's genetic isolation was generally enjoyed. Often these days, I see "seams" in books, where the author has obviously researched and feels the need to insert facts. I felt there was a bit too much historic detail that did not have anything to do with the story and was, therefore, misleading.

Well, I think this would have been a bit more poignant had I written it right after the discussion. I tend to forget details of stories and of our discussions as the days go by.

One of my friends recently told me that she will be reading Middlesex soon, not knowing that I had just finished it. She said, "It's supposed to be the best book ever written!"

So, did you miss something?

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