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CCC Book Club

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The CCC Book Club is friendly, informal and open to all. At club meetings, the group explores a wide variety of books and interests — fiction and non-fiction, male and female authors, selections old and new. The reading list is determined by a democratic process in which members of the club promote a book of their choosing for addition to the list.

For more info, please contact the group facilitator, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Upcoming CCC Book Club Meetings & Events

Jun
25
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

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Facilitator: Jim Ward

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jul
23
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Slow Horses by Mick Heron

Slow Horses by Mick HeronLondon, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another.

River Cartwright, one such “slow horse,” is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone has his own agenda.

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Facilitator: Jim Ward

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Aug
27
Mon
CCC Book Club
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ike’s Spies by Stephen Ambrose

Ikes Spies by Stephen AmbroseThis classic Cold War-era history looks at the way President Dwight Eisenhower managed America’s secret operations as general and as commander in chief and is based on privileged access to the president and his private papers—from bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose.
 
During his time in office, Eisenhower projected the image of a genial bureaucrat, but behind that public face, he ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world, overseeing assassination plots, the growth of the CIA, and the overthrow of governments. This book gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most ambitious secret operations in American history, including the 1954 overthrow of  Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán’s government of Guatemala; Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran’s Mossadegh; and the U-2 flights over Russia. Some of Ike’s most conspicuous intelligence missteps are also discussed, including the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge and the tragic encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba. Ike’s Spies is indispensible to anyone interested in the development of America’s Cold War spy operations.

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Facilitator: Mickey Ward

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Sep
24
Mon
CCC Book Club
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Camino Island by John Grisham

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

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Facilitator: Joe Joseph

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Oct
22
Mon
CCC Book Club
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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Facilitator: Jean Kerns

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Nov
26
Mon
CCC Book Club
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Empire Falls by Richard RussoLike most of Richard Russo’s earlier novels, Empire Falls is a tale of blue-collar life, which itself increasingly resembles a kind of high-wire act performed without the benefit of any middle-class safety nets. This time, though, the author has widened his scope, producing a comic and compelling ensemble piece. There is, to be sure, a protagonist: fortysomething Miles Roby, proprietor of the local greasy spoon and the recently divorced father of a teenage daughter. But Russo sets in motion a large cast of secondary characters, drawn from every social stratum of his depressed New England mill town. 

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Facilitator: Ed Tokarz, Jr.

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Dec
24
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Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Jan
28
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Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Feb
25
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Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Mar
25
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Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Apr
22
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Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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May
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May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Jun
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Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Jul
22
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Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Aug
26
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Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Sep
23
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Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Oct
28
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Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Nov
25
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Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Dec
23
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Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Jan
27
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Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Feb
24
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Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Mar
23
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Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Apr
27
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Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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May
25
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May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Jun
22
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Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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