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, June 20, 2008

Even Split on Liking and Disliking Extremely Loud...

Those of us who read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer and attended the meeting were rewarded with an incredibly dynamic discussion! Even if you didn't read the book or didn't like it, you had to be enthralled with that discussion!

Barbara, who had nominated the book, kept the group in control and on task. Barbara, I looked for you after the meeting to complement you on your excellent leadership! I couldn't find you, so you have to receive my kudos publicly! Barbara gave us background and set us going with a question, and then she kept interjecting questions to keep us moving along as needed. Of course, we didn't need much prodding, but Barbara's guidance seemed to get us to dig extra deeply into this multileveled multifaceted book. Thanks also to those of you who put yourselves out there expressing opinions and handling the opposition. The argument was as civil as it was compelling!

Soon after we started, I asked for a vote as to how many "liked" or "didn't like" the book. I put those in quotes because they seem to be sort of jargon words. To say you liked or didn't like a book seems oversimplification, but we can all relate to it. We all know whether we liked or didn't like a book! The group was split evenly as to liking and not liking this book. We also seemed to be sitting around the tables according to our feelings about the book! I wonder whether this will be a trend! The yeas sat together and the nays sat together. By the way, we did try a more round circle, and I thought it worked much better. There were no side conversations, at least none that I noticed from somewhat in the middle....hmm, circle...everyone was in the middle! We did start to get a second row behind the circle, but I still think this arrangement worked well. Comments are welcome. So we had the two factions, liked and disliked, and among those, there were a few of us who not only liked the book but placed it high on our list of favorites and excellent books and a few who found the book to be extremely distasteful. So, we were off and running...

Of interest among the background facts Barbara presented was that the author had experienced an explosion during a school science class when he was around Oskar's age. He was not hurt badly, but at least one kid was badly burned on the face. This had frightened Foer, who might have revisited these feelings while writing this book. Though, of course, this book was not about a second-grade science experiment.

Barbara started the discussion by suggesting that the book was about missed and missing communications. This is a very astute interpretation! Think about it: the phone call that wasn't answered, the discussions that didn't happen, the letters that weren't sent... You can add to the list if you read the book.

An interesting comment I noted was that this book contained the kinds of observations and descriptions that Oskar might have written in the book that he carried with him. That makes a lot of sense, adding to the idea that this was Oskar's book or even a book within a book.

We offered several interpretations of the role of the search for the key in the story: 1) an attempt by Oskar to get answers to his questions about his father's death or at least a substitute for those answers. 2) A way for Oskar to continue a kind of involvement with his father, rather than letting go of his father's day-to-day role in his life, and 3) a quest through which all the lives of the characters became intertwined.

Did you find the characters weird or wonderful? Realistic or contrived? Did you like the photos and wordart or find them gimmicky and representative of what Frank calls the "look at me - I'm writing" kind of writing? Did you think the book was appropriately timed after 9-11 or did you think it was too soon? We discussed all of those questions.

There was a lot to this book!

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