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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Never Let Me Go - Who Wrote the Title?

If the author wrote the title for Never Let Me Go, there is a possibility that he meant for the main meaning of the book to involve the idea that Madam expresses toward the end of the book, that a new scientific order is encroaching on our humanity. If the editor wrote the title, it was probably to emphasize the reader's feeling a bit sorry for the children in the book, who grow up with no hope of much of a life. Our book discussion last week covered these ideas and many more!

On polling, approximately half of the members present "liked" the book. Criticisms included an inability to care about any of the characters and a dull, plodding story. Praise included a page-turner that unfolded with lots of surprises.

We had what I considered to be an interesting difference in interpretation, which showed how insightful our book discussions are. Dennis thought that the kids in the book were clones of probably wealthy people who had paid money and would use the clones' organs for themselves as needed. I disagreed, citing the adventure the kids in the book had when they went to look for Ruth's "similar," and there was discussion among them about their probably being clones of people who were failing in society. Someone else (sorry, I didn't remember who) suggested that the discussion among the kids in the book might have indicated their interpretation but that the author could have been implying that the kids were wrong. Then Pam piped up with a suggestion that we may have been analyzing the book in more detail than the author did!

We have great discussions, don't we! We discuss books that a lot of us don't like, but I think everyone occasionally is very pleasantly surprised by how much they do like or gain from one of our choices. And I also think that sometimes there are some changes of opinion after the discussion as to the likability of a book.

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