Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

And now for my first blog post...ever…late…and from memory....

There were 7 of us in attendance February 9, 2012, at Fire by the Monon, which we agreed was a decent place to hold a BBC meeting: Jeni, Jill, Val, Lindsay, Cris, Erin, and me.
Let’s see…what was there to talk about...?

…of course! Really, need I say more?!?

Scrumptious Parker Thomas Mattingly arrived February 1st, 2012, at 7:32 p.m. He weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs 6 oz, and was 20 inches long. We were glad to hear from glowing Aunt Jill that Melissa and Parker along with Eric, Banjo, and Knuckles were settled at home and doing well. The group can’t wait to meet and snuggle Parker and congratulate Melissa in person!

After catching up on beautiful baby news, we got an update on...
Wedding Plans
Jill and Casey’s bash is back on after a frustrating snafu with their venue, and the adventurous duo plans to make their own cake
Cris was in the hunt for her special dress.
And she and Eric have decided to serve yummy pies at their reception.
Lindsay’s first quilting class at Crimson Tate was a smashing success.
Val worked with other generous and talented ladies to create and donate a gorgeous quilt to The Heroes Foundation auction.
And Good TV I Sadly Know Nothing About
Then we dug into February’s fun and uplifting selection: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Amazon sums up the book well:

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

Five years, four months and twenty-nine days later, on April 14, 1965, Richard Eugene Hickock, aged thirty-three, and Perry Edward Smith, aged thirty-six, were hanged for the crime on a gallows in a warehouse in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansa.

In Cold Blood is the story of the lives and deaths of these six people.

Overall, the group liked the book. Our discussion included thoughts on how the true story read like fiction, how unsettling but gripping the gruesome details were, and why they don’t just shoot vicious criminals anymore – seems like it’d be cheaper. This book will remain in our heads for some time.

Looking ahead, we continue to expand our genre horizons with the following exciting lineup:
  • March 15th Steve Jobs* by Walter Isaacson (biography) hosted by Jeni
  • April 12th Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (gay YA fiction) hosted by Lindsay
  • May 10th Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction) hosted by Erin
*This is an interesting but honkin’ book (570 pgs, 20 CDs), so Jeni suggested we come where we are.

REMEMBER to bring your summer calendars to March’s meeting so we can plan Bunk Bed Adventure 2012. Also, bring questions for Lindsay to message to John Green, author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson – he’s graciously agreed to respond for our April meeting.
See you badass babes soon!