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.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Opinions Vary on Atonement

As the nominator and leader for Atonement, by Ian McEwan, I'd like to thank everyone who was at our meeting Monday! I didn't have any personal investment in the book as a favorite I was recommending; I hadn't read the book before nominating it! But I did enjoy reading the book, and I was very interested in what ideas would come up at the meeting to enrich my experience of the book. I was not disappointed! The discussion helped me understand some confusing aspects of the book and showed me aspects I hadn't noticed. It did turn out to be a good book for discussion, didn't it?
1) I think the most fun idea that arose at the meeting was that we couldn't be totally sure as to where the author intended the imaginary to begin and the reality to end. I guess the problem arose when we started trying to decide whether Briony had actually seen the wedding of Lola and Marshall or whether they had married at all. Certainly, it would have made sense for them to not really have married and lived together in marital bliss all those years. But then, why not? In some ways, they seemed to deserve each other! I did feel that there is a strong possibility that by rereading this book, any of us might uncover some clues and find that the story was really more defined than we were able to discern at first reading. I think we all agree that none of us really wants to do that. Maybe sometime one of us will reread it; maybe for another book club or maybe just out of curiosity. Please let us know!
I can just imagine college students writing lengthy papers on this book!
2) It seems that those of us who had seen the movie enjoyed it and found it to be a very satisfying rendition of the book. I was surprised, as my guess would be that a book club would like the book much more than the movie. I haven't seen the movie yet; it's on our Netflix queue, so we'll probably be seeing it at home. I don't mind waiting for this movie. It's not as though I'm going to forget the book while waiting for the movie - not after that discussion! And, we have a new TV...(Yes, it's very nice; and no, we can't imagine how we could ever have enjoyed our old TV for 10 years!) The more I think about the movie being so well received by our group, the more I am beginning to think that the author wrote the book with a movie in mind, whether purposely or subconsciously. From what I had read about Ian McEwan, I thought he would be all novelist and not part screenwriter; but maybe that was naive.
3) I thought the book was excellent and enjoyed every bit of it, even though I was confused occasionally. Other opinions ranged from disliking the whole book to having trouble getting into it for the first half of the book and then enjoying the book as a whole because of the momentum it finally gained. One member had read 4 or 5 McEwan books and disliked every one so much that she decided not to read this one. She said that McEwan's choppy sequencing and vague, shall we say illusionary or maybe allusionary, as in his alluding to things but not making them clear, style is just not fun for her. It is interesting to hear an opinion that differs from one's own, especially when it is backed up with reasons that make sense. Some of us said we would definitely like to read another McEwan book and some said definitely not.

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