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  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 three official SIGs:  2017's newly formed Movie Goers Group (described immediately below), the long-standing  Hiking/Walking Group, and our popular Best Sellers SIG formed in May of 2012 to read and discuss current best sellers.  Scroll down to read about all three below, or just click on their names in this paragraph to jump straight to one SIG's description.
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Movie Goers Special Interest Group

This newly formed Omnilore SIG – Movie Goers Group – will give Omniloreans the opportunity to go together once a month to view a current movie at a local theater and then adjourn to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant to discuss the likes and dislikes of the movie just seen. 


To make it a more meaningful experience, information about the film – e.g., the director, the cast, the critics reviews, the back stories – would be included in the discussions.   As the initial coordinator of this SIG, Dale Korman, will do the research and schedule the dates as to what movie will be selected, when and where the Movie Goers Group will be going.  Later, others in the group may want to take the lead.

Go to the Movies with Us!

For information about the Movie Goers Group, please contact the Movie Goers Group's coordinator at
to be put on the distribution list for specific plans about each month's selected movie.

For those interested in helping shape this new Movie Goers SIG, please email with your inputs on the following organizing questions:
  1. When is your best day?  
  2. What is your best time?  
  3. Where is your most convenient theater?  
  4. Preference – Coffee or restaurant after seeing the movie?
  5. Are you interested in getting together to discuss and help finalize how we operate on Nov 26th - Sunday afternoon?  

Once they're planned, details about scheduled movies the group will attend together will be posted to the Upcoming Events section of our Omnilore homepage.

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, October 9, 2017  (Non-Fiction): Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
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) 

Monday, November 13, 2017  (Fiction): The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

What makes a good mystery?  It’s a whodunit inside a whodunit! 

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                        Magpie Murders

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective. The novel within a novel, has all the fixings of a murder in the English countryside, with a fussy detective, a daft sidekick, a meddling busybody, a peculiar vicar and a bombastic aristocrat. Paying homage to the vintage British manor house mysteries, Magpie Murders is a masterfully dark, twisty thriller with only one down side: reading it will make you wish there really was a series of Atticus Pund thrillers.

It’s the first original murder mystery novel from Mr. Horowitz, a prolific television screenwriter who has created, among other dramas and films, “Foyle’s War.”

Links for purchasing The Magpie Murders from Amazon:   
(Hardcover)     (Paperback)      (Kindle)     (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition) 

Monday, December 11, 2017  (Non-Fiction): Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

                            cover Killers of the Flower Moon

When the Osage settled on a rocky part of Oklahoma land, they never imagined they had anything that anyone else would have wanted. But when they uncover oil and become unimaginably rich, Osage members start to die and Hoover's FBI gets involved.

New Yorker staff writer, David Grann, burnishes his reputation as a brilliant storyteller in this gripping true-crime narrative, which revisits a baffling, frightening, and relatively unknown, spree of murders occurring mostly in Oklahoma during the 1920s. From 1921 to 1926, at least two dozen people were murdered by a killer or killers apparently targeting members of the Osage Indian Nation, who at the time were considered "the wealthiest people per capita in the world.

Grann employs you-are-there narrative effects to set readers right in the action, and he relays the humanity, evil, and heroism of the people involved. His riveting reckoning of a devastating episode in American history deservedly captivates.

Links for purchasing Killers of the Flower Moon 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)
  • March

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For 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)
  • August

No book this month
  • September

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
(Hardcover)       (Kindle)       (Audio CD)     (Audible Audio Edition)     (Paperback not available)

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 GroupPhotograph of an Omnilore Walk near Ports

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

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
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 above was taken on the Group's April 2017 walk along the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.

For those interested, please reply to this message with the following information:

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.

  • 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. 

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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