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.

Friday, May 20, 2005

We are Thankful Not to Be Nickel and Dimed

It seemed most of us read Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and attended the discussion! It was a big group, with everyone having ideas! Nickel and Dimed is an important book! Our discussion was fascinating, ranging from dislike of the author for her arrogance to the pros and cons of WalMart as savior or societal menace. Karen had researched WalMart , so she fueled the discussion with facts. We had some ideas of things that our society needs to do. I think most of us agreed that some government programs are very helpful, and that the government's measuring the poverty level against food prices rather than lodging prices is old-fashioned and is part of the problem of the working poor. An interesting question Karen asked everyone was, "What surprised you when you read this book?" We were surprised about the poverty of people who have full-time and sometimes multiple jobs, we were surprised that hired maids are trained to make our houses look clean rather than be clean, and we were surprised that the invisible poor have been invisible to us.

Today, I went to WalMart. I bought some mulch. An elderly employee, maybe a fixed-income retired man, was stuck with helping me. He had shorts on (outdoor garden dept.) and was wearing thick support stockings. When I told him what kind of mulch I wanted, he said, "Oh, that's what I was afraid of. That's the heavy kind!" He was very helpful, though. I helped him load one bag onto my cart, but then he was going to load the rest onto a big platform cart, and he did that himself while I took my bag to the cashier to pay for the batch and then went to get the car. Fortunately, another gray-haired man was there to help him the first guy load the mulch into the car. Apparently, the guy they wanted to do the lifting was at lunch - this is probably a young guy who ends up with most of the lifting, which is OK with him...for now. So, here was an example of someone who has to walk a lot and lift a lot to keep his job but who has definite physical limitations. It definitely brought Nickel and Dimed to mind!

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