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Blook Club Calendar - Six Months

Book Club Six Month Calendar: March – October 2005

Book Club Social Night – April 15th

Movie 1 – Book Club Meeting - April 29th
What The Bleep Do We Know?
Product Details
Starring: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, See more
Director: Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
Run Time: 90

Editorial Reviews
The unlikeliest cult hit of 2004 was What the (Bleep) Do We Know?, a
lecture on mysticism and science mixed into a sort-of narrative.
Marlee Matlin stars in the dramatic thread, about a sourpuss
photographer who begins to question her perceptions. Interviews with
quantum physics experts and New Age authors are cut into this story,
offering a vaguely convincing (and certainly mind-provoking) theory
about... well, actually, it sounds a lot like the Power of Positive
Thinking, when you get down to it. Talking heads (not identified
until film's end) include JZ Knight, who appears in the movie
channeling Ramtha, the ancient sage she claims communicates through
her (other speakers are also associated with Knight's organization).
What she says actually makes pretty good common sense--Ramtha's
wiggier notions are not included--and would be easy to accept were it
not being credited to a 35,000-year-old mystic from Atlantis. --
Robert Horton

Book 1 – Book Club Meeting - May 13th
Brave New World
Author : Aldous Huxley
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-06092-9871
September 1998
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
268 pages
Theme I: Conflicts & Dualities, Human Qualities & Behavior, Literary
Genres & Types of Novels, Medicine & Health, Politics, Settings,
Society & Social Issues
Editorial Reviews
Other Editions: Hardcover | Library Binding | Hardcover (Large Print)
| Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio CD (Unabridged) | Audio
Download (Audible.com) | All Editions

"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's
utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to
fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most
popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates
the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence
and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing
and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to
be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley
foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted
today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he
predicted aren't yet to come.

First Sentence:
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories

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Book Club Social Night – May 20th

Book Club Social Night – June 17th

Movie 2 – Book Club Meeting – June 24th

The Rapture
Product Details
Starring: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, See more
Director: Michael Tolkin
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
Run Time: 100

Editorial Reviews
Once upon a time, in the 1980s and early 1990s, American independent
movies did not seek to merely ape Hollywood formulas. They were more
than just feature-length resumes for shrewd, enterprising filmmakers
who had nothing to say, but dreamed of saying it with a big-studio
budget. Back then, independent films provided a different kind of
movie experience; they challenged and provoked audiences--and none
more so than 1991's The Rapture, written and directed by Michael
Tolkin, the man who wrote the screenplay for The Player, Robert
Altman's scathing anti-Hollywood comedy. Mimi Rogers plays Sharon, a
lost soul who gives up her hedonistic life of sex and drugs when she
finds God and becomes a fundamentalist Christian fanatic. Her
pilgrim's progress, presented in a deadpan, nonjudgmental style,
culminates quite literally in the title event--the Second Coming, the
Apocalypse, the end of the world, or whatever you want to call it.
Rogers's fearless performance becomes all the more provocative when
you recall that the actress is a lifelong member of the Church of
Scientology. The Rapture is a mind-boggling, wildly ambitious movie
that's open to myriad interpretations. But no matter what you make of
it, it's sure to leave you engaged and shaken. --Jim Emerson --

Book Club Social Night – July 15th

Book 2 – Book Club Meeting – July 29th
Harlot By The Side of The Road
Author: Jonathan Kirsch
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 3, 1998)
ISBN: 0345418824
Other Editions: Hardcover (1st) | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | Audio
Download (Audible.com) | All Editions
First Sentence: The stories you are about to read are some of the
most violent and sexually explicit in all of Western literature.

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Kirsch, an attorney and book critic, retells some of the juicier
stories of the Bible in contemporary language. He expands upon the
original biblical text to make the stories highly readable and
includes with each the original text in modern translation and a
brief sketch of the scholarly research and the speculation
surrounding it. For those to whom Bible stories suggest "Disneyesque
animals and simple uplifting moral lessons," this book may be a bit
of a shock. Kirsch shows that the Bible is not a children's book.
Then, as now, rape, incest, prostitution, murder, and strange
religious cults were a part of life. As Kirsch says, "The Bible is a
map of the human heart, and no secret chamber or hidden passage is
left out." Kirsch contends that returning to the Bible can offer
insight into modern issues. Mostly, however, he offers an
irresistible popularization of some unfamiliar stories. Some readers
will enjoy it; others will be highly offended. Recommended for public
libraries.?C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to
an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The stories you are about to read are some of the most violent and
sexually explicit in all of Western literature. They are tales of
human passion in all of its infinite variety: adultery, seduction,
incest, rape, mutilation, assassination, torture, sacrifice, and
murder. . . ."

Sex. Violence. Scandal. These are words we rarely associate with the
sacred text of the Bible. Yet in this brilliant book, Jonathan Kirsch
recounts shocking tales that have been suppressed by religious
authorities throughout history. Kirsch places each story within the
political and social context of its time, delves into the latest
biblical scholarship to explain why each one was originally censored,
and shows how these ancient narratives hold valuable lessons for all
of us.

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Book Club Social Night – August 19th

Movie 3 – Book Club Meeting - August 26th

Product Details
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, See more
Director: Eric Till
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
Run Time: 113
DVD Features:
Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Original theatrical trailer
From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia
ASIN: B0002C9D9U

Editorial Reviews
Like The Passion of the Christ, Luther is the story of a spiritual
leader, German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), in opposition to
the religious orthodoxy of the time (in his case, the 1600s). His
goal--to bring God to the people and to take money, fear, and shame
out of the equation--made him a reformer to some, a heretic to
others. Released around the same time as Mel Gibson's blockbuster, it
failed to attract the same degree of attention--or controversy.
Granted, it's a different film, but not radically so. Directed by
Eric Till (Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace), Luther isn't always easy to
follow or as emotionally involving as it could be. That said, it's a
fascinating story and Fiennes receives solid support from Alfred
Molina (Frida), Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire), and the late Sir Peter
Ustinov (Spartacus), in his final film role, as Frederick the Wise. --
Kathleen C. Fennessy

Book Club Social Night – September 16th

Book 3 – Book Club Meeting - September 30th

The Alchemy of Illness
Author: Kat Duff
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Harmony/Bell Tower (November 21, 2000)
ISBN: 0609899430
Other Editions: Hardcover | All Editions
First Sentence:
I lie sprawled across my bed, as if thrown aimlessly aside.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Drawing on her own experience with CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune
dysfunction syndrome), the author of this collection of eight essays
explores the mystery of human pain. "Illness is a familiar yet
foreign landscape," she writes. "It remains a wilderness . . .
despite its continuing presence in our lives." Duff spent "the better
part of two years" in bed; during her sickness she read widely and
voluminously, pursuing "the meaning and purposes of illness."
Bringing together insights from psychology, religion and
anthropology, and explicating the words of shamans and philosophers
from many cultures, Duff tracks the universality of illness and the
curious contradictions--the sense of freedom, for example--that
emerge in its midst. Her own healing, achieved through "tedious,
tenuous and life-giving labor," is a model of hope. Duff is a
counselor in northern New Mexico.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.—

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Book Club Social Night – October 21st

Book/Film Selection Night – Book Club Meeting – October 28th

1. Everyone is limited to two suggestion for a film and two
suggestions for a movie.
2. In order to suggest a book or film, you will need to have
either the book or film at the meeting OR a printed out description
of the book or film that can be passed around at the meeting.
3. Remember to please make sure your book suggestions are
currently in print.
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