A tool for members of Jax Freestyle Book Club, a meetup.com group in Jacksonville, Florida, to talk about what they're reading and would like to read. Click on the meetup badge to the right to go to our meeting homepage.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New format!

I've been thinking about ways to let us engage with other readers in a very inclusive way, without turning meetings into general chat sessions. This is tricky, and I don't know if I've invented a new kind of book club experience or am just creating a blip in consciousness, but my idea is to post a list of ten books that have come up as being of interest, and asking everyone who RSVPs to commit to one, and come in ready to talk about it. If everybody reads the same book, great. If no two people read the same book, great in a different way. I guess we'll find out from RSVPs for March if this has appeal.

The ten on the list (I hope) cover the waterfront. We have fiction, bio, memoirs, books about science, books about economics, upbeat books, downbeat books, boomer college, American history, turmoil in Africa, and a boomer youth era favorite. Some are long and a bit challenging, others are easy and breezy. I'll try to add some hyperlinks later, but in the meantime, you can google them or look them up on your favorite book review site.

Benjamin Franklin-An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Chronicles, Volume 1 by Bob Dylan

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Life and TImes of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Erentreich

A Free Life by Ha Jin

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
by Sharon Begley

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