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.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Article about Nickel & Dimed

Remember reading Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich? We read and discussed it in May of 2005. It's about the working poor. The author worked various nonskilled jobs and tried to live on her earnings and then wrote the book. She had a rather scathing section on working at WalMart.

In a blog recently (Feb 1), someone wrote about some time he spent working at WalMart. He pans Nickel and Dimed. You might find his article interesting. And then, perhaps even more interesting...you know how we have a comments section after each post on this blog? Well, 341 people have written comments on the blog post that this man wrote!

In case you want to fall into the Internet hole and read a while, here's a link to the blog post http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/01/life-at-walmart.html

1 comment:

Please list your name in your post! said...

Regarding Nickel & Dimed. Did you see 20 20 last night? John Stossel interviewed Adam Shepard, 25, who did an experiment starting with $25 in Charleston South Carolina - and did well! He had read Nickel & Dimed in college and wanted to "discover for himself if the American Dream is still alive". He wrote a book about his experience - Scratch Beginnings. I never read Nickel & Dimed, but I think I'll try Scratch Beginnings, i.e. the positive perspective.