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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem showcases Joan Didion’s unique and personal style of writing, a clear example of the New Journalism taking hold in the 1960s. Her essays are rich with details and focus on the stories of Californians. These include Lucille Marie Maxwell Miller of San Bernardino, Deadeye (in the Haight-Ashbury at the end of the Summer of Love), as well as personal essays on the subjects of notebooks and the Santa Ana wind state of mind. As a collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem tells the story of California at a pivotal moment in time, one that we still feel today. Didion creates a mood that we'll attempt to capture at this book club dinner. We hope you'll join us!


Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 pm: Cocktails at Fauna (next door)
6:30 pm: Dinner & book conversation at Flora



Cost: $70 (before tax and gratuity)

Includes a four-course prix fixe dinner and one drink, drawn from the time, place, and theme of the book. Also included will be a keepsake menu with original artwork. As we get closer to the dinner, we'll post the menu. Let us know if you have any food allergies/sensitivities and we'll do our best to accommodate you.



Please call us directly (510-286-0100) or stop by in person. Because we have a limited number of spaces, we'll ask for a credit card to hold your place. We will not charge you until the night of the dinner.


About Flora's Book Club

Flora's book club is a monthly, reservations-based, dinner series. We share our thoughts on a book while enjoying a prix fixe dinner and drink that it inspired. Our intention is to create a space for community and conversation. Reservations are limited, as we want our dinner to be conducive to conversation. We choose books that we love or that have special meaning to us. These selections are a work in progress, so please share your suggestions!


Past Book Club Dinners

The Portable Dorothy Parker
Carter Beats the Devil
Sourdough: A Novel
There There
The Pasta Friday Cookbook

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: A Book Club Dinner at Flora in Oakland, CA

"See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder...I will simply open my notebook and there it will all be."

- Joan Didion