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, December 7, 2009

Everybody Loves "Pillars" Except Those Reading it for a Deadline

Our holiday party at Jennifer's beautiful home was a great success! The house was very festive, decorated for Christmas in a warm and welcoming way. We were cozy with a fire in the fireplace, while the grey outdoors was drizzly and cold. We have such a wonderful group; our party is always a high point of the holidays. To me, the book club party means the holiday season is underway!

Pillars of the Earth is long, but most everyone there had read it; and at least 4 of us have read the equally long (and equally wonderful) sequel, World Without End. It was the favorite or at least a favorite book of most of us! A couple of people felt that the book was long or wordy. Unfortunately, even though this book was nominated at our September meeting, thus giving us a slightly longer interval than usual before the discussion in early December; this was not really long enough for busy people to relax and enjoy the book. One of us read it in a week last week! She said she didn't do anything but read the book! I think this book is most appreciated when it is read at a leisurely pace. There are parts that are a little slow, but if you have time to put the book down for a while during those parts, you always look forward to getting back into it. As one member said, the slow pace of the bookmatches the slow pace of life in the 1100s and helps you become immersed in it. With the high level of detail, you can really escape into the 1100s reading this book.

Jennifer had an inspiration for presenting this book: she had written discussion questions on note cards, and she had us each pick one randomly. The cards were numbered. We went through the numbers, and whoever had the card read it and commented on the question. Then everyone else chimed in on that question. I thought it worked well, and I encourage anyone presenting a book to use this method!

My question asked why William was so respectful to his mother when he was so disrespectful to all other women. That opened the door to me to comment about William's terrible and, in my opinion, sick, attitude toward women. She was also a skewed person, skewed toward everything ruthless! I suppose William's attitude can be blamed somewhat on his overbearing mother. There was another question later about William's death, when we could all comment about how glad we were to see him die a painful death that gave everyone who knew him a little bit of revenge!

Interesting discussion! If anyone wants to add anything, please comment!

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