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Old 07-15-07, 05:08 PM   #1
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Any interest in a Carfree Book Club?

I'm wondering if a few of you would be interested in doing a forum book discussion. My thought is to first find out if there's an interest. Then we could select a book (via another thread) and give people some time to read it. Then we could discuss the selected book on a third thread.

Any takers?
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Sure, I'm up for it.
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Well most of my current reading list is of a technical bent, but I am open to suggestions. And discussion would be fun. It has been over 20 years since I last participated in a book club discussion

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I am interested as I have only been reading textbooks for 6 years.
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I'd be interested; what books did you have in mind? Would they be strictly car-free/bicycle-related, or would the book-discussion forum wander into peak oil, sustainability, global warming, etc?
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I'd be interested; what books did you have in mind? Would they be strictly car-free/bicycle-related, or would the book-discussion forum wander into peak oil, sustainability, global warming, etc?
My idea is to wait a day or two to see if there's enough interest. If so, I'll start another thread for nominations of books. Hopefully we'll be able to come to a consensus pretty quickly about the book. So start thinking about the book you'd like to discuss!
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If the book selection interests me. How about limiting it to fiction or travel since I and some others seem to mostly read technical stuff, it would be a break from science and math and computers.
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Might be interested, but for me the book selection would probably need to have a carfree slant. I'm really into books that are inspirational and about social change.

For example, reading the excerpt from Lee Iacocca's Where have all the leaders gone? always psych's me up. I'd definitely be into reading this book!

Off the top of my head, other things I have interest in:
Thoreau's Walden or Civil Disobedience
Martin Luther King
Gandhi
John Muir
Simple Living
Buddhism

Anything about: grassroots, positive change, leadership, community, activism

It would be fun to read fiction, but for me I think it would be really cool for this group to get involved and read something for positive change.
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I'll give it a shot
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I'm in. There's a really good piece of fiction I'd recommend. It's 16,000 Suspects: A RAGBRAI Murder Mystery, by 9 Iowan Authors. It's not that deep, but being a writer myself, it's interesting to see how 9 different writers can each write a chapter and pull it off. Let me know what you all think!
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In. Suggestion: what about that Jared Diamond book you mentioned in another thread? Collapse?
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I think there's plenty of interest to warrant trying this thing. Let's close this thread down and move the discussion on nominations of books to another thread that I just started, If you already made a suggestion (like cranky, skinnytirebiker and gerv), please copy it to the new thread.

And away we go!
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