Friday, February 5, 2016

February's Book Pick - Left To Tell by Imaculee Ilibagiza

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TPTBC would like to announce that their next meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, February 9th.  The potluck style meeting will take place at 6pm, at Sheri's house, in honor of TPTBC's 5th year anniversary.    

The evening will include conversations about the book;

Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Dr. Mary Thomas will be our host for the evening.

February's Meeting ~ 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

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It was five years ago when the idea of "making a book club" came to mind.  Honestly, I didn't even know what typically occurs at a book club meeting.  I envisioned the scene from the Jerry Maguire movie; a meeting with a handful of similar minded women, snacking on someone's latest recipe experiment, sipping coffee, discussing points of views, all in someone's living room.  It was when I started web surfing, educating myself on what exactly is involved, that I let myself believe I was up for the attempt.  I was afraid of a nightmare, book bully, that would be rude and scare existing members. I cringed at the thought of someone being offended at everything so that no one could respectfully converse.  I wanted to do it right.  I wanted to avoid mistakes by anticipating all that could go wrong, by laying out the rules, of what's expected and what's not tolerated.
I recognized that it was to my advantage that I could choose the time and day.  I needed it to work for me in particular, but also for fellow members so that they would continue to come.  I knew that a funky, impossible meeting time wouldn't work nor one that's too close to the "5 o' clock somewhere" cut off (when people weren't even off of work yet).  That's when the "6pm" time was born.
I couldn't picture me making a weekly meeting, let alone leading a weekly meeting nor finishing a book in a week's time.  It was then that my initial idea of a "weekly" meeting morphed into the more ideal concept of a "monthly meeting". 
I remember clearly, I was talking to the owner of a local coffee shop about what fun it would be to combine book reading and then watching the movie afterwards with a discussion group.  Kind of like a movie-book club.  It was then when I mentioned how I'd like to start a book club.  She offered to have it at her shop.  "Tuesday" was mentioned (had to fit around the knitting club), and from there, everything kind of came together slowly, haphazardly. 
I have to chuckle, because I remember the moments while heading out the door to the very first meeting (Feb. 2011).  After all the prep work with fliers, ad, and word of mouth, I was expecting twenty or more people.  I had a lot of food, MANY copies of our "club handout" in hand, and a lot of anxiety-flashbacks of college public speaking.  The official number of attendees of the first meeting was.....4! 
Through the years we've had people trickle in and trickle out.  We've had the die-hards and the drop-ins.  Many hellos and unfortunately some sad goodbyes.  Aside from all the wonderful, insightful, conversations and all of the unique perspectives from all of our discussions, I most appreciate our members as my valued friends.

Happy 5th year of The Page Turner Book Club!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Life We Bury, January 12th's TPTBC Meeting

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The Life We Bury by Allen Askens will be our January book of the month. 

Please join us on the first Tuesday of the month, Jan., 12th.  Our members (and any new potential members) will be meeting at Becky's Coffee Corner at 6pm.  Our discussion tends to run an hour and a half.  We chat, converse, and trade thoughts.  You're welcome to try out our small-scale group with no commitments!

This book was a doozy, a good doozy.  I'm not one to seek out the mystery genre, but this had me hooked after the first introduction!  A suspense-filled novel, with twists and turns to leave you guessing.  With characters across the spectrum and no shortages of intriguing back drops, it was a satisfying book-ride.

"Eskens's first-person narration grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold."

Fall and Winter 2015

Image result for one thousand gifts  October's book was; One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

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November's book was; Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
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December's selection was; The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Next Meeting...September 8th ~THINGS THAT MATTER ~ by Charles Krauthammer

Hello Readers!

Please join us on September 8th for our next meeting.  We'll be joining together to discuss the nonfiction novel, Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer.  Our gracious host of the evening will be Nona Gall.  We'll be meeting at 6pm at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser.  Our meetings our faithfully held on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month and typically run from 6-7:30pm.

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“The best American columnists make their British counterparts look like bumbling amateurs,but none of them writes with more sense,sensibility and sanity than the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer. Things That Matter, selected from a lifetime of writing, bears comparison with the greatest of American prose.” -Daniel Johnson, Standpoint
“Usually thought of as a conserva-tive, this syndicated columnist has won both the left-wing People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award and the right-wing Bradley Foundation’s first $250,000 Bradley Prize. Readers of all political persuasions will find plenty here that’s thought-provoking and worthwhile.” -Pittsburg Tribune-Review

“Krauthammer’s first collection in more than 20 years is a priceless introduction to the columnist’s writing. And for those who have thrilled at the sight of a Krauthammer byline for decades, Things That Matter is a window into the master polemicist’s habits of mind, heart, and technique.” -Matthew Continetti, Commentary

“For three decades, Charles Krauthammer has enriched American political discourse with his sharply-honed analysis, humane values, and questing mind.  From personal meditations to learned examinations of history and policy, Things That Matterstands as a record of a transformative period in the American experience, and a remarkable intellect at work.” -Henry A. Kissinger

“Charles Krauthammer is not only the most influential conservative commentator in America, his writing transcends the crush of daily events and can be read, with profit, always.” –David Brooks, New York Times columnist and bestselling author of The Social Animal
“Amid today’s clutter of print and cacophony of broadcast commentary, Charles Krauthammer’s lapidary judgments stand out, and stand the test of time. Literature has been called news that lasts. Krauthammer’s columns take journalism to the level of literature.” –George F. Will, Washington Post columnist



Here is a list of Charles’s published books;

Cutting edges: Making sense of the eighties by Charles Krauthammer (1985)

The Age of Obama By Charles Krauthammer

I'm also including a link to a documentary that was put on FOX news a couple of years ago, titled; "A Life That Matters", hosted by Bret Baier.  It's a 40 minutes long documentary honoring Charles, and truly gives you a glimpse of his personality, his life, and respectable wisdom.  You will also find an expansive selection of youtube videos featuring a host of additional interviews with him.  You may want to wait until after you've completed the book to appreciate the video library.  Or the offered videos may prompt you to read the book!  Whatever you'd prefer.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Are you a member of The Page Turner Book Club?

It's pretty easy, really!

All you have to do is attend one meeting!  During that meeting you put your name on the email list and you'll automatically receive monthly reminders and announcements on upcoming meetings and club information via email. 

Many make the assumption that you have to attend every meeting to be a member, but you don't!!  You are free to pick and choose what meeting you'd like to come to.  You coming (or not coming) could be based purely on your book taste, convenience, or how tuckered you might be.  There's no commitment contract and no obligation.  You might find that you get bummed when you aren't able to make it! :)

Benefits include; enjoying a monthly evening surrounded by fellow book readers, gained perspectives, an opportunity to convey a respectful opinion (about the book at hand), a chance to sign up to host your book choice of the month, author book signing and speaking opportunities, introduction to new genres of books, and tasting yummy treats the host brings to share!

Hosting is no big deal!!  Technically you don't ever have to host.  There are some of us that haven't hosted yet.  BUT, there may be a book you're itching to share a conversation with someone about.  Hosting gives you an opportunity to introduce a book to fellow members, allow them (and yourself, if you haven't read the book yet) to read and prepare for an upcoming meeting, choose some questions to ask the club, and bring a treat you'd like to share and devour during the discussion. 

If you think there is ever a quiet moment.....THINK AGAIN!  I can't recollect, ever, of an awkward, quiet, "I don't have anything to say" moment.  There's enough people per meeting that show up to pick up any potential slack. 

Don't be intimidated by the unknown!  Usually, only about 4 to 6 of us show up per meeting.  But, there's probably about 10 of us total that consider ourselves faithful members.  We really are friendly and our conversations are respectable no matter who comes or what the topic  There's an understanding with all members (and is stated in "the rules/expectation) that respect must be shown to everyone and everyone's opinions.  Everyone is reliably considerate and we just ask from any newcomers that they return the consideration.  No one takes control and everyone gets a fair opportunity to speak if they feel comfortable to do so.  Some of us come even if we haven't read the book just so we can listen in!

We're a pretty friendly group and welcome new faces anytime!

Our very first meeting was in February of 2011.  Many of us have become great friends, some of us are still new.  Many members have come and gone, but books initially brought us together. 

Consider joining us, there's always an extra seat!!


Our next meeting, on July 14th, will feature a conversation about the book; A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.  Our meetings begin at 6pm and are faithfully held on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month.  Sheri Wilkins will be our gracious and fun host during this meeting.

Please come and share your thoughts about the book or just gain insight and perspectives from a merry bunch of book loving' members!

Here is the updated monthly meeting line-up for the remainder of 2015;

Date:  July 14th
Book:  A Spool of Blue Thread
Host:  Sheri Wilkins

Date:  August 11th
Book:  The Hardest Peace
Host: Nicole Thomas

Date: September 8th
Book: Things That Matter
Host: Nona Gall

Date: October 13th
Book:  One Thousand Gifts
Host:  Celeste' Lynn

Date:  November 10th

Date:  December 8th
Book:  Joy Luck Club
Host:  Celeste' Lynn