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

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:


Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.


Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. 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.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Dave Steakley
January 31 – March 4, 2018 | Topfer Theatre
(Zach Theater in Austin)
If you can, go February 10th @2:30 PM


Sunday, July 4, 2010

25 Best Book Club Choices

25 Best Book Club Choices: from Abe Books 7/3/10 Article by Beth Carswell

Our group has read or nominated a few of these. A few might not be of interest to us, and a few might be good candidates for our near future...

(Please excuse the changes in font and the line after the Atonement entry. The blog editing software is difficult to use.)

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein


Ian McEwan

The Bite of the Mango
Mariatu Kamara

The Book of Negroes
Lawrence Hill

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

City of Thieves
David Benioff

The Gargoyle
Andrew Davidson

The Golden Spruce
John Vaillant

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

In the Heart of the Sea
Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Time of the Butterflies
Julia Alvarez

Let The Great World Spin
Colum McCann

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

Little Bee
Chris Cleave

Lullabies for Little Criminals
Heather O'Neill

My Cousin Rachel
Daphne Du Maurier

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Michael Chabon

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

Laura Hillenbrand

Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga

The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion

Dave Eggers

-posted by Claudia

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