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January Women’s Book Club at Outloud Books

Hi All,

Just a reminder that the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, January 10, at 3:00 pm to discuss The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue.

“Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter blends fact and invention to create a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce—Victorian style.
Miss Emily “Fido” Faithfull is a “woman of business” and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage to a stuffy admiral and her obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama that rivals the Clinton affair—complete with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious sealed letter that could destroy more than one life.
The Sealed Letter is a page-turner of the most intelligent sort. Brought to life by Emma Donoghue’s vivid characterizations and matchless eye for detail, here is a story remarkably relevant to contemporary issues of infidelity, propriety, and the media.” (Book Jacket)

You don’t have to read the book to attend the meeting, but this is one book you won’t want to miss! We will also be making selections for the February through June meetings.

If you receive OutLoud’s emails, you may notice that the Men’s Book Group is also meeting on the same dates we are but they will be meeting at the OutCentral Cultural Center conference room, not the bookstore.

Brenda B.

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Women’s Book Club Meeting at Outloud Books

Hello Everyone,

This is just a reminder that the Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm to discuss Sappho’s Leap by Erica Jong. Remember, everyone is invited and you don’t have to read the book to attend. Here’s a little more info about the book and about June’s selection.

Sappho’s Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus and plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island. When they are caught, she is married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades. Complemented by Erica Jong’s new translations of Sappho’s fragments… Sappho’s Leap is not to be missed. (Book Jacket)
“Jong offers sly commentary on everything from slavery to superstition, greed, lust, vanity, deceit, age, and artistic freedom in a tale that is at once enormously entertaining and wisely provocative.” (Booklist)

June 14 meeting – Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon

A decade after it was first printed, Beyond the Pale, one of the classics of lesbian literature, has finally been reprinted. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the lives of Chava and Gutke, two women born in a Russian-Jewish settlement who ultimately immigrate to New York’s Lower East Side. This is an honest and passionate look into a specific past; a world of midwifery; Russian pogroms; the immigrant experience and the New York suffrage movement. It is an enduring tale of triumph, love and courage over inhumanity. But at its heart lies the most universal story of all; the devotion of one person to another. (Book Jacket)
This edition also includes a preface by the author which looks at the impact of this book on her life and the lives of the readers she has heard from over the years.

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Here’s a good place to buy a few holiday gifts

In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources in Portland, OR is the last surviving non-profit feminist bookstore in the United States.

In Other Words is more than a bookstore and is a hub of activity—hosting a wide range of community events, meetings and workshops that include author readings, Spanish classes, writing workshops, concerts, art shows, yoga and much more.

Dear friends,

In Other Words, like so many of our fellow bookstores, has fallen
upon incredibly hard financial times. With the decline in our current
economy, we have experienced severely decreased revenue. If we are
unable to raise $11,000 by the end of December, In Other Words will
have to close its doors.

We desperately need your help. We are confident that if everyone who
cares about In Other Words makes a contribution, large or small, we
will meet our goal. Please give as generously as you can to save the
last remaining non-profit, feminist bookstore in the country: the
place where so many Portland artists, activists, organizers, readers,
writers, political thinkers, musicians and poets find their voice,
their power, their community, and their political home.

Our community cannot afford to lose In Other Words, please help us
save her!

You can make your tax-deductible donations on the In Other Words
secure website, or by stopping into the store (8 NE Killingsworth).

Please forward this widely to your community, we need all the help we
can get!

Sincerely,
The Board, Staff and Volunteers of In Other Words

http://www.inotherwords.org/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

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It Can’t Happen Here? Really?

Seems Maureen Farrell writing for Buzzflash is three years ahead of me in her analysis of Sinclare Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here. God it’s so eery to read it and take in what’s happening all around us today in America. While Lewis talks of the Minute Men we have Blackwater and other private contractors. Remember when being a “security guard” brought to mind a Barney Fife type who was kind of a wanna be cop?

While Lewis talks of book burnings I remember Natalie and the Dixie Chix. Lewis’s news editor protagonist finds himself in jail after criticizing the President in an editorial. His paper is taken over and his “sentence” includes teaching the new guys how to run his paper. As things unfold prisons fill up with americans against the regime and soon detention “camps” spring up around the country. The Magna Carta is tossed out and judicial systems transform into Hitleristic bully pulpits for henchmen of the new dictator. Women are forced off their jobs and from schools and sent back to clean the pots and pans “where they belong.” Wink, Wink.

I’m telling you this book could be a manual for everything the Bush regime has been doing for 7 years. Right wing religious supporters, nationalism, torture, fear…all tools described in Lewis’s book and all happening here and in Cuba, Iraq…who know where else.

It happened slowly at first in the story and in many cases people were too polite to speak out…then they were too afraid to. Some thought America was too special that even if Fascism came here it would be “a different kind.” The bullets and bayonets still killed them. We’re not any different and perhaps we are more vulnerable to a dictatorship than others because we have fear. Roosevelt said “the Only thing We Have to fear is fear itself.” He said a lot of other things too including corporations running government. A must read is his speech: “A Rendezvous with Destiny

In England at the beginning of the 1800’s the industrial age brought about the repeal the Bubble Act of 1720 that regulated corporations. Soon without such restraints, 1800 corporations consolidated down to 157. Sound familiar? Remember Ronald Reagan? His deregulation of the media led to our current FCC hearings against more Big Media.

We have no history…the majority haven’t studied the lessons of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams. The schools don’t even teach anymore unless it’s to the test and history is simply memorizing dates. The only protection we have is in the people really knowing what it is we could lose. They won’t stand up and defend it if they don’t even understand what it is.

If you want to learn more check out my reading list in the library section of this blog. I made a list of many books I’ve read that I think are important. If you’re not a “reader” check out audible.com and download them to your ipod. Pass them on to your friends and family. There is no “leader” that’s going to save us from what could come if we ignore it. It’s up to all of us.

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Bookclub News

Hi all,

Hope everyone had a good holiday season. The book group info is listed below. I just finished the books by Karin Slaughter. They are not for the faint of heart. Lot’s of graphic detail and she deals mostly with crimes against children and women.

Laurie King’s newest book, “Touchstone”, is out and getting really good reviews. This will be my next read, after the book group books of course.

OutLoud Women’s Book Group:

The OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet January 22 at 7:00 pm to discuss “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See.

At the November meeting Cindy stepped down as group leader and recommended me to replace her. Cindy has done a great job leading this group over the past year and I can only hope to do as well. She and Jenny will still attend meetings as much as their hectic schedules will allow.

Hope to see you at the January meeting!

Brenda B.

Lambda Book Group:

Just a quick reminder about the January meeting of the Lambda Book Group. We will be discussing David Leavitt’s contemporary classic The Lost Language of Cranes on Wednesday, January 16 at 7PM. As always, we’ll be meeting in the community meeting room adjacent to bronte bistro at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in the Mall at Green Hills (and a partridge in a pear tree).

David Leavitt is one of the foremost literary writers in contemporary gay literature. In his debut novel The Lost Language of Cranes, Leavitt captures the terror and passion of new love. This multi-layered novel about Phillip Benjamin and his first serious romance is complicated by the struggle of Phillip’s father to deal with his own closeted homosexuality. As this family reexamines the “ties that bind,” readers are causes to question truths they have trusted for their entire lives.

I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Best,
Pat

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