IMRF Book Club

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) has selected Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs as their fifth pick for the IMRF Online Book Club.  Our book club read that back in February 2014 and the link to our posts is here.  

If you'd like to participate in the IMRF Online Book Club, the link is http://www.imrf.org/retirees/book_club/imrfbookclub_main.html Feedback due date is April 3, 2015.

November 24 - Where We Belong

Bookgroup met on Octgober 27th and we assembled in the meeting room so that we could watch some video book reviews for possible 2015 selections. 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles was discussed and we had fruit in puff pastries and crackers with cream cheese and hot pepper jelly.  

Next meeting we will finish choosing fiction titles for 2015 and discuss Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.  Copies of the book are available at the LME Library.  Discussion sheets can be picked up or are available online

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October 27 - Rules of Civility

At today’s bookgroup, we discussed Wild by Cheryl Strayed. We had granola and trail mix with lemonade for refreshments. Overall, the bookgroup members liked Strayed’s writing style and enjoyed the book.

Next meeting will be Monday, October 27th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  The book to be discussed will be Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.  Discussion sheets are available in the library or online. In addition, the book can be discussed in the online book forum for LME Library on GoodReads.

Summary: “Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

The story opens on New Year's Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss.

Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come. A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy.”

Still Alice - book to movie

Our book group read Still Alice, by Lisa Genova in October 2013.  We really enjoyed it, and I just saw that a movie adaption premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Julianne Moore stars as Alice with Alec Baldwin as her husband and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish as their three grown children.  For more information see http://www.earlyword.com/2014/09/10/still-alice-movie-getting-raves/ 

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