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.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Party: A Literal Literary Feast

What a wonderful holiday party we had! Overall, I think 25 of us gathered, with lots of delicious lunch dishes, and we had the usual jolly time talking and eating. Then we folded up the tables and set up chairs making a large oval in the living room, bathed in the light from Lydia's 2-story wall of windows. And here is where this party was different from all the others. We had the cookbook/food theme this time! Plus, Marcia and I brought some items to give away in drawings, and Cindy V. brought quotes about food for us each to read aloud as we went around the circle. So we drew numbers for some to win a book or a DVD, read the quotes, and everyone either recommended a book about some aspect of food or showed a cookbook they had used to create the recipe that they had brought to share. At the end of this post, there is a list the books that each of us brought for show and tell.

 I don't know about you, but I do look forward to the delightful meal we always have...the food itself as well as the company! Food is very important to us all. Planning and preparing fresh food is a delight to some of us, and eating it is appreciated by all. For many years, our group has been bringing pot luck dishes for our holiday party. Whether we like to prepare food or not, most of us bring something thoughtfully planned if not cooked. So there is a focus on food at our party. We enjoy our meal, and we enjoy the chance to talk, and we enjoy the book discussion. This time the book discussion focused on food and especially on the food we had shared. When we went around the room and many of us showed the cookbook that they had used to create the dish they had shared, I remembered tasting or at least noticing each dish. I would guess every one of us remembered either tasting or noticing each dish that was mentioned at the discussion. There was a sort of holistic feeling to the focus on the food that we had spent thought, time and money to bring for our friends. I think the food theme added depth and breadth to our meeting and our sharing of cheer at the beginning of December.

Please be thinking about next year's party, even if only in the back of your mind. I liked the theme idea this year, and I think it works well for the holiday party; although all reading the same book has its charm every month as well as for the annual party. So let's think and please send or give me suggestions any time, and I will save them for next October's discussion. I have been listening to an audio version of Tom Robbins' new autobiography, Tibetan Peach Pie, and in it he mentions a quote that I think he got somewhere, or maybe he made it up. (One downside to audio books is that it's difficult to go back and find anything.) Anyway, the quote was something like, "Christmas comes every 10 years when you are young and every 10 minutes when you are old." So, it's not too early to consider whether you might want to host the holiday party at your house next year and/or what kind of theme might be fun for our party. You could offer to lead the theme or not. What do y'all think? Not really a big rush; we have more than 10 minutes, surely. And I won't bother you about it until after next summer; I promise!

Below is the list of books shared at the party. Please let me know if I left anything out or have anything wrong or incomplete. I apologize for not keeping a list of everyone's dish, but if you are having a hankering for a recipe someone brought and you know who brought it, I will be glad to help you connect with that person.

An English Afternoon Tea. Book written by Patty in 1993 and reprinted this year!
The Steinbeck House Cookbook. 1984
The Jane Austin Cookbook, by Maggie Black, 1995
Pillsbury Bake-Off 1978, with Patty's finalist recipe in it
Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, a once-new edition of cookbook from 1930 that is in its 16th edition now

Provence Beautiful Cookbook

 A Matter of Taste, by the Lake Geneva Women's Association 2005
Chicago Tribune Cookbook, 1989

Cindy T:
Vegan  Holiday Kitchen, by Nava Atlas

Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners, by Lucille Recht Penner, 1991

Luby's 50th Anniversary Recipe Collection, 1996

Carol G:
Breaking Bread Together, by the St. Cyrus Ladies Guild, 1977

 At Your Service: A Collection of Favorite Recipes From the Round Robin Dinner Groups, from St. Thomas More Church, 1990

Barefoot Contessa Parties, by Ina Garten, 2001

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, 1961
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julie Powell, 2005

Vegan Express, by Nava Atlas, 2008

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American             Taste, by Luke Barr, 2013, paperback 2014

Our Favorite Recipes, by the Round Rock Hospital Auxiliary, 1998

Heartburn, by Nora Ephron, 1996
The Male Chauvinist's Cookbook, by Cory Kilvert, 1974

Judy (+ Dennis):
Consider the Oyster, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1988
How to Cook a Wolf, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1988
Serve it Forth, by M.F.K. Fisher, 2002

Gastronomical Me, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1989
Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls, 1957

Linda (in absentia):
Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Foodie Memoir of Courtship, with Recipes, by Amanda Hesser,                   2004

Happy Holidays 2014-15!!

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