Book Discussion Group

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers) Meeting

Title: Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

Author: Frances Fitzgerald

Leader: Alan Krause


This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels, takes us inside Vietnam-into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals More... and monks -and reveals the country as seen through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam.

About the Author

Nonfiction author and journalist Frances FitzGerald received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fire In the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972). A revised and updated edition of FitzGerald's second book, America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century (1979), was recently released and explores the politics of textbook publishing, and why students regard American history as boring and "irrelevant." C. Vann Woodward, in The New York Review of Books, asserted, "Her major contribution has been to shed light on the reasons why generation after generation of Americas have been deprived. . .of any real sense of history, or their place or the place of their country in history. . ."

New York Times reviewer Stanley Hoffman called Fire in the Lake, "a compassionate and penetrating account of two societies that remain untranslatable to one another, an analysis of all those features of South Vietnamese culture that doomed the American effort from the start. . ."

FitzGerald's third book, Cities on a Hill: A Journey through Contemporary America (1986), examines four modern-day Utopian experiments, including San Francisco's gay Castro neighborhood and the free-love commune of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in central Oregon.

FitzGerald is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, and has written for numerous publications including The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Architectural Digest, Islands and Rolling Stone. Her journalism has taken her to Vietnam, the Middle East, Europe, Central America and the South Pacific. She serves on the editorial boards of The Nationand Foreign Policy, and is vice-president of PEN.


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ISBN: 9780316159197
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 17th, 2002

Sisters in Crime Meeting

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Topic: Kindred & Other Spirits Mtg - We all come to the meetings, sit down, hear announce, listen-speaker, and go on our merry way.  Oct will be a networking/meet & greet instead. Tell us in a sentence or two, in what genre you write and why. With Halloween in mind, we will have refreshments. And you may bring something that represents a famous person or fictional char for us to guess who you are. Don’t dress up, just bring an item. Perhaps asparagus spears - if you’re Brittany Spears. For entertainment, bring a short ghost or scary story to read. 

Sisters in Crime Meeting

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Guest Speaker: Christopher Brennan is an author, speaker, and independent researcher. He is a duty-disabled firefighter. Chris will talk about his fire service career & how his experiences have shaped his writing. He will also answer questions about fire service topics and offer suggestions for writers looking to incorporate firefighting characters into their work.


Bring your pens, pencils, notebook, pad, smartphone, tablet, stylus, or etc. to record information for your next scorchingly hot mystery novel.


Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery

Author: C. C. Benison

Leader: Marsha Boblitz

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Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he’d hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.

About the Author

C. C. Benison has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, as a book editor, and as a contributor to nonfiction books. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and Carleton University, he is the author of four previous novels, including "Death at Buckingham Palace." He lives in Winnipeg. "From the Hardcover edition."

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ISBN: 9780440246466
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bantam - October 30th, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: No Less Blood

Author: D. M. Pirrone

Leader: Diana DiStefano

About the Book


In 1893, seventeen-year-old Mary Anne Schlegel left her uncle’s Chicago home and vanished. The revelation of her fate a century later upends the life of Rachel Connolly, an adoptee seeking her roots, in this gripping novel of past and present.


"Partly set in a mysterious old house in the bleak far north as winter closes in and told from multiple points of view, both past and present, this fast-paced, compelling story resolves both mysteries and ends on a hopeful note."
--Booklist, Feb. 1, 2011


"An 1893 missing-person case has unexpected repercussions more than a century later in Pirrone's intriguing debut... Readers will hope to see more historical crime fiction from Pirrone, the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman."
--Publishers Weekly Review, Dec. 6, 2010

"Pirrone cleverly shifts between Mary Anne's tale and Rachel's search, creating a page-turner for fans of both history and mystery."
--Kirkus Reviews, 9/​30/​10

"This may be a debut mystery, but Pirrone writes like a veteran. Her ability to create characters, whether a present-day adoptee seeking her roots, or the author of a beautifully written 1893 diary who just might be her ancestor, and then place them both in jeopardy, is the mark of a talented, accomplished, nuanced author. Don't miss NO LESS IN BLOOD."
--Libby Fischer Hellman, author of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE


About the Author

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer and editor with more than twenty years' experience in publishing. An Evanston native, history buff and avid mystery reader, Ms. Piron-Gelman is also an adoptee, with personal knowledge of the desire to find one's roots. She lives on Chicago's Northwest Side with her husband Stephen and two sons, David and Isaac. Check out her website at



Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Tainted Coin

Author: Mel Starr

Leader: Karrie Major


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By Mel Starr



It is the autumn of 1367. Master Hugh is enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton when a badly beaten man is found under the porch of St. Andrew's Chapel. The dying man is a chapman---a traveling merchant. Before he is buried in the chapel grounds, an ancient, corroded coin is found in the man's mouth.

Master Hugh's quest for the chapman's assailants, and his search for the origin of the coin, begins to make progress--but there are men of wealth and power in league with his old nemesis, Sir Simon Trillowe, who wish to end his search . . . permanently.

But Master Hugh, and his assistant, the groom Arthur, are determined to uncover the thieves and murderers, and the source of the chapman's coin. They do, but not before they become involved with a kidnapped maiden, a tyrannical abbot, and a suffering monk--who needs Master Hugh's surgical skills and in return provides clues that assist Hugh in solving the mystery of the tainted coin.


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ISBN: 9780857212504
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Monarch Books - December 3rd, 2012


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