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Special Interest Groups

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Photograph of an Omnilore Walk near Ports
                      O'Call Sometimes a group of Omnilore members decides it would like to dedicate some time to a specific interest on an ongoing manner, outside the structure of a study/discussion group, so they form a "Special Interest Group" (SIG).

Currently, Omnilore has two official SIGs, the long-standing  Hiking/Walking Group and the Best Sellers SIG formed in May of 2012 to read and discuss current best sellers.  Read about both below, or just click on their names in this paragraph.

Interest is being explored in forming a Geocaching Club (read all about it at geocaching.com).  At present a little geocaching is done on some of the Walking Group outings, but contact Hal Hart if you are interested in a being part of a new group devoted to geocaching.

Formerly, there was a Computers and Technology Special Interest Group, but they became so successful that they morphed into the current Computer Working Group, a standing Omnilore working group that coordinates our monthly Computer Talks presentations on all things computer-related.  In the past, we've also had a Travel Special Interest Group and a Science Special Interest Group. 


Best Sellers Special Interest Group

  Bookshelf

The Omnilore Best Sellers Book Discussion SIG, formed in May, 2012, has been extended for another trimester.  The SIG meets on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1:00 P.M. in Room L8, lower level of the Beach Cities Health District, to discuss the “book of the month” in a free-form format using open-ended discussion questions.  This SIG is open to all Omniloreans who are interested in reading and discussing current best sellers, both fiction and nonfiction.  Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’ve finished the book, are in the process of reading it, or are just curious about the topic.        

As with any Special Interest Group, there is no need to enroll, no need to do a presentation…just be there on the day and time with enthusiasm, prepared to participate.

Here are our upcoming selections for 2017:

Monday, July 10, 2017  (Non-Fiction): Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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                            Lab GirlAs a three time Fulbright Award winner in the field of geobiology, Hope Jahren writes about her early years growing up and not just being interested in science, but finding a sanctuary in the lab. In her debut memoir, LAB GIRL, the reader learns about her interest in trees, seeds, flowers, and soil; how she built laboratories to study plants; and about the relationships in her life that kept her going as she engaged in the adventures necessary to pursue her passion.

Links for purchasing Lab Girl from Amazon:   
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)       (Audible Audio Edition)      (no audio CD available for this selection)


Monday, August 14, 2017   NO BOOK GROUP


Monday, September 11, 2017  (Fiction): The Leavers by Lisa Ko

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                          The LeaversThe Leavers is a novel about an undocumented mother who suddenly disappears and the young American-born son she leaves behind.  A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging, it tells the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past.  A sweeping examination of family, Ko’s tale of love and loyalty—to family, to country—is a fresh and moving look at the immigrant experience in America, and is as timely as ever.

The Leavers won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, a prize awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

Links for purchasing The Leavers from Amazon:   
(Hardcover)       (Kindle)       (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)     (Paperback not available)
 

Monday, October 9, 2017  (Non-Fiction): Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg
and Adam Grant

cover Option B: Facing Adversity, Building
                      Resilience and Finding Joy

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void'," she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her that there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.  We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

Links for purchasing Option B: Facing Adversity... from Amazon:   
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)      

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  The past selections covered a wide variety of topics and are listed here to lend the flavor of the SIG so far
          (along with links for purchasing i
n various
versions from Amazon):
 

  • May 14 (2012)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins    (Hardcover(Paperback (Kindle)
  • June 11

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray    (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • July 9

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Aug. 13

The Tiger’s Wife by Tia Obreht     (Hardcover(Paperback(Kindle)
  • Sep. 10

Wild by Cheryl Strayed      (Hardcover)   (Kindle)   (Audio CD Edition)  
  • Oct. 8

Canada by Richard Ford     (Hardcover)   (Paperbacklarge print)   (Kindle)

  • Nov. 12

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman    (Hardcover)   (Paperback)   (Kindle)
  • Dec.  10

Mission to Paris by Alan Furst      (Hardcover)   (Paperback)   (Kindle)
  • Jan. 14 (2013)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
 (Hardcover)     (Paperback - large print)     (Kindle)
  • Feb. 11

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowlin    (Hardcover)   (Kindle(Paperback unavailable at present)
  • Mar. 11

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt     (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Apr. 8

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes    (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • May 13

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • June 10

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • July 8

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Aug. 12

The Black Box by Michael Connelly    (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Sep. 9

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Oct. 14

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce  (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Nov. 11

Bossypants by Tina Fey   (Paperback)  (Library Binding)   (Kindle)
  • Dec. 9

The Inferno by Dan Brown   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • Jan. 14 (2014)

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)   
  • Feb. 11

Defending Jacob by William Landry   (Paperback)  (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • March 10

Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • April 14

The Jasmine Trade  by Denise Hamilton   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)    (Paperback)
  • May 12

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel    (Hardcover)   (Kindle)
  • June 9

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green   (Hardcover)   (Kindle
  • July 14

Orange is the New Black:  My Year in a Woman's Prison  by Piper Kerman 
 
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)  (Paperback)
 
  • Aug. 11

The Ex-Pats  by Chris Pavone   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)  (Paperback)   (Audio CD)
  • Oct. 13

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren    
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)   (Paperback)   (Audio CD)  (Audible Audio Edition)  
  • Nov. 10

Orphan Train: A Novel  by Christina Baker Kline 
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)   (Paperback)   (Audio CD(Audible Audio Ed.)  
  • Dec. 11

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold Berlin...  by Daniel James Brown
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)   (Paperback)   (Audio CD)  (Audible Audio Edition)
  • Jan. 5 (2015)

The Rosie Project  by Graeme Simsion    
(Hardcover)    (Kindle)    (Paperback)   (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition)

  • Feb 2

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History  by Elizabeth Kolbert   
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)   (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition) 
  • March 2

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear  
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle)   (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition)
 
  • April

No book this month    
  • May

Ghettoside by Jill Leovy    
(Hardcover)   (Paperback)    (Kindle)   (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition) 

  • June

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)   (Kindle)   (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition)  
  • July

Being Mortal: What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande    
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)   (Kindle)   (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition)
  • August

Sycamore Row  by John Grisham  

(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle)    (Audio CD)   (Audible Audio Edition)

  • September

No book this month
  • October

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough  

(Hardcover)   (Paperback)    (Kindle)    (Audio CD)    (Audible Audio Edition)

  • November

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
(Hardcover)   (Paperback)    (Kindle)    (Audio CD)    (Audible Audio Edition)
  • December

In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria
(Hardcover)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)      (Audible Audio Edition)    (Paperback - not available til 2016)
  • January (2016)

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg   
(Hardcover)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)      (Audible Audio Edition)     (Paperback available May 2016)
  • February

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout    
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)  
  • March

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)    (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)
  • Apr

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle)    (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)   
  • May

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)     (Kindle)    (Audio CD)    (Audible Audio Edition)
  • June

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan      
(Hardcover)     (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)    (Paperback not available)
  • July

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)    (Kindle)    (Audio CD)    (Audible Audio Edition)
  • August

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett 
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)     (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)

  • September

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
(Paperback)     (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)    (Hardcover not available) 
  • October

No book this month  
  • November

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
(Hardcover)      (Kindle)    
(Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)   
(Paperback not available)
  • December

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)     (Kindle)    (Audio CD)    (Audible Audio Edition)
  • January (2017)

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
(Hardcover)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition      (Paperback not available)
  • February


I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh   
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)
  • March

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education...by Malala Yousafzai
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)     (Kindle)      (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)
  • April

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)
  • May  

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)      (Audible Audio Edition)     (no audio CD available for this selection)

  • June

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)
  • July

  Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)       (Audible Audio Edition)      (no audio CD available for this selection)

All of these books are available in both print (hardcover and sometimes paperback) and Kindle e-book formats from Amazon.com.  
Click on any link after each title above to view Amazon's offering for the book in that format.

Come Join Us in Reading Best Sellers!

For more information about the Best Sellers SIG, please contact organizers 
Patricia Edie 
or Cindy Eggert
(both reachable by emailing
Best-Sellers@Omnilore.org)
to be put on the distribution list for specific details about each month's plans.

Details about our next meeting are posted on our
Upcoming Events Page.


Walking Group

In 2015 the Omnilore hiking group, started by John Taber over a decade ago to explore the trails and walkways in PV, morphed into a walking group.  We will have a minimum of six walks a year with as many as six more if volunteer leaders step up to identify an itinerary.  The six scheduled walks will start at 10 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of even-numbered months and typically last about an hour and a half.  These walks may be chosen from a list of standard walks that will be posted on the Omnilore website, allowing those participating to become familiar with the walking course and permitting them to head out on their own if the walking group co-coordinators are not available to lead the walk.

Dennis Bosch and Frank Reiner are the Walking Group co-coordinators as of 2017, and can be reached by emailing Walking-Group@Omnilore.org.

If you enjoy walking and hiking consider joining other Omniloreans in our 2nd-Friday outings sponsored by our Special Interest Group dedicated to outdoor perambulation.  Most trips are not difficult and our announcements emailed to the entire membership will advise about those that involve moderate climbing. 

Come Walk with Us!

For information about the Walking/Hiking Group,
please contact the Walking Group Coordinators at
Walking-Group@Omnilore.org
to be put on the distribution list for specific plans about each month's outing.

For the Walking Group's set of standard walks (documented by previous co-coordinator Dennis Eggert in 2014-2016):

Click Here for PDF format; Click Here for PPT format.


Also, details about scheduled hikes are posted on our Upcoming Events Page.

The picture at the top of this page was taken on the Group's April 2017 walk along the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.



Forming a New Interest Group

The first step in proposing the formation of a new Omnilore Special Interest Group is to discuss the matter with the Omnilore Board of Directors.  If they approve of the idea, then you can create an advertisement for the Group for publication in the next Omnilore Newsletter.  Subsequently, if enough members show interest in joining you, then your Group is formed!  All you need to do after that is to get together with all those members who showed an interest, discuss what you all want to do with your group, and arrange when and how often to meet.

Be creative.  From time to time, we hear members say that they wished there would be an Omnilore Special Interest Group on gardening or contemporary foreign policy.  Unfortunately, nobody has taken the initiative, stepped forward, and organized such groups.  Are you the organizer that everyone has been looking for?


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