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NOVEMBER 7, 2010
On-the-Road at Starbucks Book Club
First Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at
Starbucks, 2418 Far Hills Avenue, in Oakwood.

Come join us!


Tuesday, January 7 - All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.  After his family breaks up, young John Grady Cole sets out with a friend for the wide open plains.  Seeking a cowboy's freedom, the boys cross into Mexico and find work on a large ranch.  It's paradise, until John Grady is discovered with Alejandra, the owner's daughter.  Thrown into a hellish jail, the boys seek to escape.  The first book of the Border Trilogy, followed by  The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, All the Pretty Horses won the National Book Award and the National book Critics' Circle Award in 1994.

Tuesday, February 11 - Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout.  The Reverend Tyler Caskey, stunned by his wife's early death, struggles to perform his duties as a Congregational minister while keeping his young family together.  Grief has taken away his sense of God's presence and he can no longer find the right words to help the members of his congregation.  Meanwhile his flock has determined he's had more than an adequate time to recover and has started to gossip about him with a catty cruelty.  Somewhat melancholy, yet luminous and funny too, Strout delivers a tale of healing depicted against a lovely New England backdrop.

Tuesday, March 11 - Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.  Begun as a quest to get back in touch with the speech of his fellow Americans, John Steinbeck went on the road to write what would become one of our most revered memoirs, Travels with Charley.  Taking his middle-aged French poodle, Charley, Steinbeck set out in a truck to northernmost Maine, and then turned westward.  Along the road, he recounts dining with truckers, meeting bears in Yellowstone, and rediscovering San Francisco.  He also reports on how industrial progress was degrading the environment, and witnesses racism in New Orleans, giving an early warning in 1960 of the impending decline of America's greatness.

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