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Legendary Book Club - Bear Town by Fredrick Backman

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Thu, January 14, 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Virtual Event, San Diego CA 92106
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Free; Bring your own refreshments!
Ms. Lynn Basquez, BA History '78

Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM. January marks an anniversary for this group-- starting our 23rd year (our first year was 1999)! We'll do our annual photo via Zoom, so wear your Stanford gear and a smile.

We will be discussing Bear Town by Frederik Backman. We had also considered it in September. Per Amazon's review, "People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys...  The semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain."

Other books considered included: (Forgive my roughnotes-- I have not looked up every book to verify titles/authors, in the interest of getting this module together quickly)

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - seems like several people suggested it?
  • When Books Went to War by Molly Manning non fiction suggested by Beth B (had been a top vote in September)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (also a Spielberg movie) - Sci Fi suggested by Meg
  • Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - an autobiography suggested by Meg

RSVP via email to Lynn at by January 10, 2021 

6:30 to 7-7:15 - Socialize, check-ins
7-7:15 to 8-8:15 - Book discussion
Then -- pick book for March 2021 meeting


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