Free-For-All Newsletter #10

In case you missed the meeting last night, here is a list of some of the books, fun facts, and questions that we discussed.

Enjoy! :)

Books:
Radical Payment

Angelina Gear wants revenge for crimes against her family’s country. Using her talents, she creates a doomsday weapon, embeds it into your daily life, and begins to randomly kill Americans.

Without Remorse

John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, is still getting over the accidental death of his wife six months before, when he befriends a young woman with a decidedly checkered past. When that past reaches out for her in a particularly horrifying fashion, he vows revenge and, assembling all of his old skills, sets out to track down the men responsible, before it can happen again.

Certain Prey

Attorney Carmel Loan is beautiful, intelligent, ambitious - and used to getting her way. When she becomes infatuated with fellow barrister, Hale Allen, she isn't going to let a little thing like his being married get in the way.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Explore the human body, how it functions, and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological makeup.

The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre– the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.

The Shadow of the Wind

Barcelona slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, a book dealer's son, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has ever written. Soon, Daniel's innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

The Defining Decade

Thirty is not the new twenty. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood. Drawing from more than ten years of work, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves.

A Brief History of Time

In the 32 years since its publication, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds.

Flowers in the Attic

It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake — a fortune that would secure their future if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in the attic.

Just for a little while.

Or so they thought.

Fun Fact:

In order to improve his writing, Hunter S. Thompson, the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, copied The Great Gatsby word for word.

When I discovered this back in 2014, I decided to keep the tradition alive by copying one of Hunter S. Thompson’s books, The Rum Diary, word for word.

From personal experience, I can tell you, this method will improve your writing practically overnight.

10/10. Would recommend.

Other Recommendations:
The Cosmos TV Series with Carl Sagan

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series, which covers a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.

Questions to Ponder:

• Have you ever told yourself that you were inherently bad at something, only to realize later that that was blatantly false?

• In what ways has the pandemic made you a better person?

• How many 3-year-olds do you think it would take to kill a full-grown grizzly bear?

Reply to this email, and let us know your answers!

That's all, folks! 

To everyone who came to the meeting last night, thanks for coming, and we hope to see you again next week!

To everyone who didn't show up, you are dead to us now. Lol, jk. Excited to connect with you soon! :)

Hakuna Matata,

May the Force be with you,

To infinity and beyond,

Live long and prosper,

May the odds be ever in your favor,

Roll credits,

Love, 

Trace & Caitlyn

The Free-For-All Book Club

921 N Woodbridge Drive

Bloomington, IN, 47408

United States


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