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Sunday
Feb262012

Guys' Book Night

I know, I really should be blogging about recent travels, which have included trips back to the Seattle area (where I returned to my old junior high), to Villanova University (where the entire cafeteria menu was based on food from HOTEL), or the Savannah Book Festival (where I got a big hug from Pat Conroy)...but, the most memorable thing of late has been (wait for it) my book club.

I never really thought that a "Guys' Book Club" existed. Why? Because I've been to parties where there's that drunken gentleman who learns that I'm an author and proudly slurs, "I haven't read a book since high school!!"

Note: you should not be proud of this.

But lo-and-behold, they do exist and I have photographic evidence and a full report on the Books & Brews Book Club:

What we read: Less Than Zero, by Brett Easton Ellis. Short book, mercilessly nihilistic. Everyone had the same reaction. Compelling and then that, "Oh, why did you go there..." moment. Hoppy went ahead and read the sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, which he described as waaaay worse. Gonna pass on that.

Where we met: The seven of us met in Chris' man-cave, otherwise known as his immaculate and nearly surgical garage. Foodstuffs were served on a table Chris made, that looked somewhat like the table in Casino where that tough guy has his head squeezed. Yes, the table had a giant vice. Chris even went so far as to have the ridiculous movie version of Less Than Zero playing on the flatscreen. And not to be outdone, Hoppy made a soundtrack of all the music referenced in the novel. And eerily, Chris owns a 450SL, just like the Mercedes in the book.

What we did: Yes, we actually talked about the book in great detail (and drank beer). Then we voted on next month's book (and ate meatballs). And lastly, we broke boards (Chris is a blackbelt). What started with a bottle breaking trick led to boards and bruised knuckles. But I can still type, just fine, thank you.

Next month: The John le Carre classic - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Barley wine. Roll for save vs. hangover.The board is mightier than the hand.

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Reader Comments (5)

Great post. But - what the Hell is the label, Jamie?
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave Dubé
Critical Hit Barley Ale :)
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
A guy’s book club! Way too cool! I am your official cheerleader. I mean for your book club. OK, I can’t fool you—I’m your personal cheerleader too (as long as Leesha doesn’t take that the wrong way…) We missed you both at Pulpwood Queens Weekend. Eager to follow the exploits of your man-cave book club, and applaud your next selection. Read it before the movie comes out!
Cheers! Book Club Cheerleader
P.S. I take it Nurse Leesha took care of that hand? Ouch!
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBook Club Cheerleader
Wow, your hand... Ouch! What'd the wife and kids think of that?

Glad you found a fun book club. :)
February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristan
They thought it was pretty funny. I used to take kenpo (karate) so they've seen my bruised and broken fingers and toes many times.
February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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