Category Archives: 2019 Selections

Epilogue, Finding Yourself in a Hotel, By Ron Powers

“Who would have imagined when you were sentenced to life in the Metropol all those years ago that you had just become the luckiest man in all of Russia.”                                                                                                 Mishka to The Count “One does not fulfill one’s … Continue reading

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Stirling Reactions to Brent Willock Book

I did not know when this photo was taken that my friend Brent would end up writing a book in later life. Here are some of my reactions to his book. It is not comforting to understand that just below … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Dorothy Dunnett’s King Hereafter

This summer our group is going to read a historical novel suggested by me: Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1982. Currently available in both paperback and ebook editions. Here are a few comments … Continue reading

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Finding Yourself in a Hotel, Part Two, by Ron Powers

The Count, Alexander Ilyich Rostov, made many friends during his long stay at the Metropol: Arkady at the front desk; Velentina in housekeeping; Pasha and Petya, the bellhops; Vasily, the hotel concierge; Fatima Federova, the hotel florist; all the restaurant … Continue reading

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Finding Yourself in a Hotel, Part One, by Ron Powers

For years, movie goers and readers have been fascinated with the fictional possibilities that arise with the premise of a man or woman—or even a cast of characters—actually living for a time in a hotel. In my lifetime, Hollywood as … Continue reading

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The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius by Brent Willock

At our June meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Stirling Smith: Brent Willock, The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius:Science Transforms our Comprehension of Reeva Steenkamp’s Shocking Death, Torchflame Books (May 8, 2018).

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The Perfect Weapon

In May we will discuss a book selected by Sid Whaley: David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age,  Crown (June 19, 2018).

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Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

At our April 2019 meeting we will discuss the following book suggested by Van Perdue: Armor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel, Viking; 1 edition (September 6, 2016).

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The Emissary Puzzle

I spent last weekend puzzling through this month’s selection for our book club, The Emissary, by Yoko Tawada. It was a second reading. I understand that Donald Trump also spent a puzzling weekend. In his case, he was actually trying … Continue reading

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Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary

At our March meeting we will discuss a book selected by David Gilmour: Yoko Tawada, The Emissary, Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani 138 pages. New Directions, Winner of 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature.

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