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It's been a while since I looked at refrigerator prices. They got 'spensive! I guess I can deal with ol' frosty for a while longer yet, after all...

Anyone know how book groups work? I'm thinking of trying to start one, or at least find one. Reading is fundamental.


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Oct. 26th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'd say ask at Porter Square Books, at work, and at the Library.

Amazon Books in Minneapolis used to run book groups (and may still). The way I remember it working was that the moderator brought in a description and a list of books to read, the store made a list of groups, then customers signed up for what they wanted. If enough people signed up the store hosted the group.
Oct. 26th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm in an informal book club, if you're interested :-) We're not very structured, so our meetings tend to consist of a free-for-all discussion, followed by figuring out what book people would like to read next and what the next meeting date will be. Then someone e-mails the mailing list to confirm the decision.
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Oct. 26th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
It matters whether you read The Fellowship of the Ring or The Two Towers first, so book groups are clearly nonabelian. :-P
Oct. 26th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Look for them
There are still very affordable refrigerators in the $300-$400 range. The expensive ones are out front or featured in the ads and full of features you probably don't need.

Sears/KMart have a good selection, and Best Buy, but don't forget Home Depot and Lowes.
Oct. 26th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
When you do find your group, I would like to know what book you are reading so I can read it too. I can't show up to the gathering, but maybe I can seed you with ideas, if you wouldn't mind.
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to take into account the fact that a new refrigerator is likely to use less energy - perhaps a back of the envelope calculation of payback time given electricity rates would be useful? (though I don't know how you'll figure out what your current fridge uses, since old fridges tend to draw more power than they did when you first bought them)

Oct. 27th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
teh gov't is here to help...
There are good calculators available online for looking up fridge model numbers going back to at least 1980 and getting annual energy costs:

Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
I think a book club can work however you want. I think the general idea is that you read a book (or part of a book) and then meet and talk about it. Some people like to have some discussion questions prepared ahead of time, others, not. Probably, the important thing is for everyone to have a common agreement on what to read, how often, and perhaps, what kinds of discussion is of interest. I have no time for book clubs, unless they involve board books, so feel free to take my suggestion with a grain of salt.

A lot of the fiction I read, when I have time for it, has a "reader's guide" or "book club guide" in the back with some questions, sometimes with answers. I have never done a book club, so I don't know if it's dorky, but it might be worth looking at to get an idea of what kinds of questions are asked.
Oct. 26th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I have run into several books that had these, and have been oddly baffled by them. "I just bought and read your book, and you want to assign me *homework*?" It makes more sense as a book club tool. :)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
You may want to line up some litcrit people or people who get off on researching that kind of thing; while yer average reader will find some interesting things to say about stuff, you may get some good ideas to talk about by finding some stuff people have written. I guess it depends on what you want out of it.
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