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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Devil in the White City

When I went home from book discussion last Monday, I was so proud of our group! Almost everyone had read the book, the full title of which is Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson. Of course, we all enjoyed it; it was a great read! But, I think it's a very special group of people who will tackle and tame a fat, well-written history book in August, rather than a simple romance or mystery. And, we all found the story compelling and the history fascinating! The author did a great job, but he couldn't have done it for each of us without our contributing our share in time and intellectual effort and focus. We had another enlightening discussion, too, with many insights and contributions that everyone enjoyed!

Here are a few of the highlights, in case you read or are reading the book and missed the meeting:

The current Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is in one two buildings from the fair that is still standing. It was the art building at the fair. So, if you have been to Chicago or plan to go there, take an extra look...

Burnham and Holmes were each obsessed in some way, Burnham by the Exposition and Holmes by his sick stuff.

Why wasn't Burnham more famous? Would he and Root as a team have been famous if Root had lived?

The fair was the best character in the book.

Imagine the magic and sensory overload the people in that era would have had upon going to the fair, from plain homes in small towns without TV, Internet, nonlocal food, or much access to the World at all. Those from Chicago would have been from the "black (soot-covered from coal) city," and so also would have been enthralled by the fair.

Everyone was surprised by all the aspects of current life that originated at the fair. Pabst Blue-Ribbon beer explained!

How about the size of that Ferris wheel? What would it cost to insure such a ride today?

I brought some commemorative stamps that had been minted in honor of the exposition in 1893; my husband had them in an old stamp collection. They were the first commemorative stamps in US history!

Patty's family has a gold medal that was won by her husband's grandfather at the fair for the best butter from Amber, Iowa (I think that was the town).

One of us read all the parts about Holmes and then went back to read all the parts about the fair!

We had more good discussion about Holmes and who we liked and disliked and what we found interesting. Questions were answered for some of us.

Although reading is its own reward, after finishing a good book, there's nothing like a good discussion with others who have read the book!

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