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: [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

What's New?__________

July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.

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.
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, 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.

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.

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.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Coffee Trader Stimulates Us

It's always special when someone comes back after being missed for a long time! It was great today to see Dee on her visit from Mexico and also Peggy, who has been taking care of her grandson on Monday afternoons for many months!

We had a good discussion about The Coffee Trader, by David Liss today! This was a complex book with a lot of plot twists, and some business dealings that I'm not sure we all totally understood. I realized about halfway into the discussion that this would be a good book to read again, to get all the pieces and foreshadowings and cause-and-effect stories understood. I'm going to tell you 3 interesting points I picked up from the discussion, rather than ramble on.

(1) In 17th century Amsterdam, the water wasn't safe to drink without boiling it. So that was why everyone drank so much wine all the time, whether they were doing business or having breakfast or whatever! And that would also be another reason why the world was ripe for coffee to become popular - a wake-up drink rather than an alcoholic one, and one that could be made best with boiled water!

(2) Truth was hard to find in this book and for all the characters in it. Everyone seemed to lie to everyone else, and no one could trust the truth if it was staring them in the face, as they couldn't tell that it wasn't another lie. The reader was brought along on this ride from fabrication to fabrication and from one consequence of one person's lie to other consequences of other people's lies.

(3) There was a lot of discussion of this author's previous book and next book. David Liss wrote A Conspiracy of Paper, which is sort of a historical business mystery taking place in London about 50 years after the time of The Coffee Trader. The main character is a Jewish man who seems to be the nephew of the son of one of the characters in The Coffee Trader. This book, as well as Liss's next book, which is advertised in the paperback edition of The Coffee Trader ( I don't have it and didn't write it down, and it's not online yet, as it isn't on sale yet), seem also to have lots of well-researched history, business intrigue, and plot twists.

David Liss is an interesting author, whose home base is San Antonio. Maybe we can read another of his books sometime and get him to visit us!

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