In its July 15-21 number, the Weekly Volcano features the UFPPC book discussion series in its page 2 "What's Hot" section, in this notice written by Suzy Stump....


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Weekly Volcano
July 15-21, 2004
Page 2



BOOKS: My name is Suzy, and I'm an addict. I'm powerless over political non-fiction. It brings me to my knees. I've lost everything because of it! Let me tell you how it was. At one time, I thought I had control over my reading habits. Yeah, I would read a few chapters of a Bob Woodward potboiler first thing in the morning, you know, just to get me going. A little jump start. Then I started sneaking in a few extra chapters in the afternoon. And yes, OK, at night I liked to have a small Peter Dale Scott hardcover with my dinner. And fine, I admit it, a few "after dinner" books-on-tape to unwind. Well, it just got worse and worse.

Thank God for MANDOLIN CAF…. The new coffeehouse's book nights satisfy my addiction. United for Peace of Pierce County hosts a weekly book discussion on my favorite authors. True, there are a few fiction readers who drop in, but they're generally shunned, belittled, and mentally overmatched. My friend Wanda Peters, however, is hardcore. She reads romance and doesn't give a flying crap who know it. I keep my eye on her. I have no idea what she is capable of.

My next fix is Monday, July 19, at the Mandolin CafÈ. The healing begins at 7 p.m. with a discussion on Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties. Check it out. I'll be the one shaking in the corner. 7-9 p.m., free, Mandolin CafÈ, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, (253) 535-7219. --SS.