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WIM Book Club: next meeting, March 2, next book, “Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow” parts 1-3

TFATSNext meeting: Monday, March 2, 2015
Norris Library West Conference Room
Noon to 1
Next book: Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow
By Daniel Kahneman
ISBN: 978-0374533557
More information: http://us.macmillan.com/thinkingfastandslow/DanielKahneman
Please RSVP at www.uscwim.org/calendar.asp
Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow is a long book, so we’ll only be discussing parts 1-3 of at this meeting.
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At our last meeting on January 27 we discussed:

“Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room is the 19th in the series which follows Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch. In this iteration, Harry is in a newly minted cold case squad and partnered with a rookie (perhaps trigger happy) partner named Lucia Soto. They are given a case after the death of Orlando Merced, a mariachi performer, who had been shot nearly a decade ago in Mariachi Plaza. His shooting sparked political change but was never solved. Now that they have the physical evidence from his body, they can try to trace the weapon.

THE_BURNING_ROOM_9780316410700_350dpi“While they are working on this case, Bosch discovers a personal case that Soto is looking into – another decades old case in which several children were killed in a fire. They work on both cases, following divergent trails that lead them into murky waters of the past.

“During our conversation there were mixed reviews. There were a few who found this very dark with very little redemption and that the resolution was uneventful and unsatisfying. Others found the book realistic, and were familiar with the way Connelly writes the Bosch character. Some found it not to have literary merit, though 19 in a series does seem to speak to staying power.

“The group all seemed to enjoy the Angelino nature of the book, with specific set locations in the city that made the novel seem more real somehow. Perhaps that’s why the lack of resolution is so difficult to read?”
Recap by Aubrey Hicks Thank you, Aubrey!

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WIM Book Club: Next Book and Next Meeting

Next WIM Book Club meeting:
DATE: Monday, January 26, 2015
LOCATION: Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room
TIME: Noon to 1:00
BOOK: The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
AND we will be deciding the next book, so please RSVP http://uscwim.org/calendar.asp so we can know your suggested book before the club meeting.

Something to read over the holidays!

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More information

“What do you do with a tired old cop? You give him a bright young rookie to keep him on the ball. In return for this infusion of energy, the kid gets the benefit of the broad experience and infinite wisdom of the veteran. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, anyway. But in THE BURNING ROOM, Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch mystery, there’s precious little wisdom the L.A.P.D. detective can impart to his new partner, Lucia (Lucy) Soto, about the curious case of a homicide victim who took 10 years to die.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review

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Our previous book:
MyBriefHistory_ISBN_ 978-0-345-53528-3 At our meeting on December 8, 2014, we discussed Stephen Hawking’s memoir, “My Brief History,” a book we all enjoyed very much, but most of us would never have read if it wasn’t the club choice. Dr. Hawking writes in a dry, wry style that might be because he’s British, or possibly because his communication software only allows him to generate three words per minute. Either way, it’s a delightful book and due to the work that went into writing it, we’re lucky to have it. One thing that struck all of us is that Dr. Hawking writes, in this book, like he’s still the happy young guy on the cover, maybe a little older, but still that guy. Although WIM are intelligent, educated, sophisticated women of the world, we all admitted to being somewhat puzzled by the one small chapter on Dr. Hawking’s science. We had to look up some of the words, and even so, it wasn’t much clearer. More comprehensible were his working relationships with his fellow scientists and how, even when in competing areas or areas of disagreement, they kept their sense of humor, and kept the science first and foremost. “My Brief History” is a fast read, delightful and informative (even or especially the science chapter). Highly recommended.