Cone-flower Book Club

The Cone-flower Book Club

Welcome to the Cone-flower Book Club, a book lovers group here in Red Cloud, Nebraska. What follows is information about the club’s mission and organizational items. Feel free to come and join us.

Mission: The mission of the Cone-flower Book Club is to explore a variety of subjects through the reading of books and discussions led by a moderator. The bookstore staff will regularly pick a theme and then create a list of books to be read that will explore it. The informal group will be hosted by The Moonstone Bookstore and Emporium.

Dues: None

Meetings: The club will meet once a month but twice on the same day, once in the late morning, once in the evening which will allow both retired and working participants to be a part of the program. There will also be an online component which will allow people to participate online by offering input on books being read. Meetings will last approximately an hour with refreshments available for sale.

Meeting Day: Last Wednesday of the month, unless the schedule requires changes – 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Membership: There are no membership requirements and people can attend sessions even if they have not read the book.

Moderator: Peter Osborne will provide moderation for the sessions.

Books: Participants can either purchase the books at the Moonstone Bookstore in advance of the session or borrow them from the Auld Public Library in Red Cloud.

Books About Life
Our First Series of Books To Be Enjoyed

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Hometown Memories by Bob Beardslee
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 -Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum
Friday, December 21, 2018 – Christmas Readings at the Bookstore
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

We will be announcing our next round of books shortly. The theme of our next group will be love.

Cone-flower Book Club’s Reading
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Welcome & Introduction to Members, Visitors and Bob Beardslee

Reading by Bob – Introduction to A River Runs Through It, page 1-2

Introduction to Book by Peter

Which quotes or scenes did you like best?

Did this book relate to your life or experiences in any way?

Did you connect with the subject matter? Did it make you want to read more? Did it make you uncomfortable?

If you were to sum up what you read in this book in one tweet, what would you say in 140 characters?

If you could meet one of the characters in A River Runs Through It right now, which one would it be and what would you say to them?

This is a book about religion and one of the most memorable lines is when John McClean says that Methodists were just Baptists who could read. But there is the opening line that Bob read and the father represents the Presbyterian view of the world. Fly-fishing is the one redeeming feature that Paul had in his father’s eyes. Fly-fishing was God’s spiritual meditation. Paul’s father felt that the gentle rhythms of fly-fishing were similar to God’s rhythms. Jesus was a fisherman (a fisher of men too) and fly-fishing was the closest thing to Christ’s own meditations that a mortal could get to. Do you agree with that or did you see this observation in the same way.

This is a book about fly-fishing of course and it is the fly fisherman’s holy book. But it is a deeper book and more than just about fishing. It is a book about a family and the love between its various members and the challenges that happen in all families. One theme that is repeated by at least five of the characters in the book – the police officer, Jessie Burns, Norman McClean, Paul McClean, and the Reverend McClean is that they all talk about the need to help someone who needs help but will not accept it. Have you had a similar experience and do you care to share about it?

What do you think the title means – A River Runs Through It. What do you think is the meaning of the book?

How do the book and the movie compare? In what ways does the movie remain true to the book and in what ways does it stray? Does one enhance your understanding of the other?

Did you enjoy the book? Would you like to read any of his other books.

Reading by Bob – A River Runs Through It, pages 102-104.

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