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Want to Suggest Our Next Book Club Pick?

Hi everyone, Wanted to report that on Tuesday night, we had a terrific inaugural meeting of the QUIET Online Book Club! I was inspired by how enthusiastically everyone participated, and what useful things you all had to say about “Gilead,” our first book selection. I’ve been thinking about the book differently since hearing your perspectives, [...]


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Welcome and Instructions for Tuesday Night Book Club

Here are instructions for joining the QUIET book club discussion of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.


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Reading for the Weekend

Hi everyone, In lieu of my usual reading suggestions for the weekend, here is a passage from Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, which we’ll be discussing this Tuesday in the inaugural session of the Quiet Online Book Club. “I went up to the church to watch the dawn come, because that peace does restore me better [...]


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Book Club Reminder: We’ll Be Discussing “Gilead” This Tuesday!

Hi everyone, just a reminder that the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club will take place this coming Tuesday, August 16, from 8 to 9 pm E.S.T., on my Facebook page (log-in instructions to come). I’m really excited about this event and hope that as many of you can join as possible. It [...]


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Reading Ideas for the Weekend: Stage Fright in Hollywood, A Golden Age for Introverts, and More

Hi everyone, Here are some reading picks for the weekend: 1. New Study Investigates Stage Fright in Elite Actors: This is an article describing interesting research on 136 elite actors. One key takeaway: “The things we normally think might affect stage fright simply don’t. Confidence was the only predictive variable…Professional status, experience, success, age, or [...]


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The Quiet Book Club Selection Votes Are In, and the Winner Is…

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson! Last Thursday, I asked you to vote on which of three books you’d like to read for the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response. The results were: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: 29 votes Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart: [...]


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The Quiet Book Club is Here — Please Vote For Your First Book Selection!

We’ve been talking for a while about launching a Book Club on this site. It’s time finally to get started! Every month we’ll choose a paperback book, and give ourselves three weeks to read it. During the fourth week, we’ll meet back on this site, or perhaps on my Facebook page, for a great discussion. [...]


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