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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pat Cronk's Friend Has a New Book


    A Rare Thing is a story of redemption and forgiveness.  In the small
New Mexico town of San Carlos in the 1950s and 60s, a motherless Chicano
youngster, Javier Jiménez, finds himself  forced into an early manhood.  The
boy's father, Nicolás, a Korean War veteran, loves and cares for his son
dearly.  But as he drinks himself into the depths of alcoholism, he
struggles through life wallowing in self-pity.

    Javier tries his best to cope not only with his own loneliness but
the day-to-day hardships of living with an alcoholic father.  Nicolás finds
his sobriety when he meets Ramona.  He marries her, thinking that will
fulfill his needs, but his hopes are short lived, soon discovering he can't
escape his loneliness.

    Into this setting enters Deborah Perkins.  She moves into Javier's
neighborhood.  Javier and Deborah eventually fall in love, much to the
chagrin of Deborah's mother, who doesn't' share her husband's fascination
for Southwestern culture and believes her daughter can do much better than
what Javier has to offer.

    Tragedy strikes, and Javier moves to California to live with an aunt
and uncle.  Deborah and he struggle to continue their relationship despite
the distance and Deborah's mother's prejudices.  Confused and unsure of his
future, Javier leaves college to join the Army and ends up in Vietnam, where
he sees his fellow soldiers dying every day.

    Reminiscing about his father, he must face his own mortality, as he
grapples with his own identity.  Nicolás's spirit appears at a critical
moment with words to give Javier strength.  Contemplating the real
possibility of his death, he reconciles with himself, gaining strength from
visions of his father as a good man who had more than his share of bad luck.
Javier comes to grips with whether he has forgiven him for his frailties and
failure as a parent.


Rudy Apodaca, a native of New Mexico, lives with his wife, Nancy, in Austin,
Texas.  He began his career as a trial attorney and practiced law in Las
Cruces, New Mexico for 22 years before serving as an appellate judge on the
New Mexico Court of Appeals for about 14 years, over two of those years as
Chief Judge.  When he's not writing, he divides his time between providing
mediation/arbitration services, doing volunteer work, and spending time with
his children and grandchildren.  He's the author of several essays.  For
additional information, visit his website at

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