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Photograph of an Omnilore Walk at RAT Beach 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  At present a little geocaching is done on some of the Hiking Group events, 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


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, March 13, 2017 (Non-Fiction): I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By The Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai 

book cover I Am MalalaA non-fiction memoir written by the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, I Am Malala tells the story of how a young education activist survived a Taliban bullet. Ask social scientists how to end global poverty, and they will tell you: Educate girls. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. This book is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. 

Links for purchasing I Am Malala from Amazon:
(Paperback)     (Kindle)      (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)

Monday, April 10, 2017  (Fiction): The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

book cover The Underground

In this winner of the National Book Award for fiction, we follow the terrifying journey of Cora, fleeing slavery via the Underground Railroad. In the author's reimagining, this is literally a railroad with underground tracks and locomotives making stops in different states. As Cora travels, she passes through the varieties of the slave experience in America and becomes an observant and determined witness of the "grotesque realm of gentility floating on blood." Her story is one of the horrors of bondage and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Links for purchasingThe Underground Railroad from Amazon:   
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)

  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)

All of these books are available in both print (hardcover and sometimes paperback) and Kindle e-book formats from  
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
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

As of 2015, the Omnilore hiking group, started by John Taber to explore the trails and walkways in PV, is morphing 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 third Friday of even-numbered months and typically last about an hour and a half.  These walks will 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 Eggert and Steve Miller are the walking group co-coordinators, and can be reached by emailing

If you enjoy walking and hiking consider joining other Omniloreans in our 3rd-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 Hiking/Walking Group,
please contact  Hike Club Coordinator Steve Miller to be put on the distribution list for specific plans about each month's outing.

For the Walking Group's set of standard walks:
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 by Hal Hart on the Group's June 2011 hike from Malaga Cove to Torrance's RAT Beach, with a geocache jcl favorite spot #3 found at RAT Beach displayed in the front row.

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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