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

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Great and uplifting film!

Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.


The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Forgive Me Needs No Forgiveness

With a show of hands as to who "liked" this book, my quick count was 3 who didn't and 13 who did.

Dennis, who posted on this blog after reading all of Amanda Eyre Ward's books, said that the other 2 books were happier and more pleasant to read because of that.

This started a discussion of the somewhat driven and dark character of Nadine. We summarized Nadine as self-centered and/or centered on her job, placing her job and ambition before her concerns with relationships or even with her own safety. We characterized Nadine as afraid of relationships but not physical danger. Someone noted that Nadine left everyone in her life. It was through the events of this story that Nadine finally stopped leaving people.

I thought the most interesting aspect of our discussion of Forgive Me was that we had trouble making any criticism stick. When someone mentioned that the writing, particularly at the beginning of the book, was choppy, someone else suggested that the author had done this purposely to express Nadine's anxiety and the frightening beating that starts the reader turning the pages of the book. When someone complained that Nadine's decision to trade her driven lifestyle for hearth and home was out of character, the group found ample precedent in what we knew about Nadine. There was the flashback to the comfortable family of Nadine's ex-boyfriend that she very much appreciated when she visited; the plans she and Maxim had made before his death, and the natural instincts that tend to be part of the pregnancy package. Without any of these, the change might have seemed insincere, but with them all, it fit.

Another instance where the author had carefully laid ground for what might seem an implausibility was when Nadine showed up to rescue Harry just in the nick of time! We found that this was not just a coincidence. I can't find all the passages without rereading too much to ever get this message posted; but there seemed to be evidence in the book that Nadine had planned to be there. Carla mentioned that even when children are secretive, and perhaps especially then, parents are watchful and may know what is happening. Part of the redemption and forgiveness in the story took place when Nadine did manage to be there when her son needed her. This contrasted with her missing Maxim's death and Thola's and not helping Evalina's cause with her original newspaper article.

Our discussion answered questions some of us asked and answered some questions that others didn't realize were questions! We uncovered reasons for characters' actions and reasons for things that happened seemingly beyond the characters' control. The answers were all in the book, but they were hidden in the text that bounced from one place and time to another.

Forgive Me was a page turner with a lot of depth! The group was enthusiastic about the idea of inviting the author, Amanda Eyre Ward, to join us for a discussion of her books later this year. She has a new book of short stories scheduled for release this summer, so we may aim for early fall.

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