Friday, June 25, 2021

CCR Book Club - September 23, 2021

The first CCR Book Club meeting in Fall will be held at the home of one of our members. At the book club's first in-person meeting in over a year, we'll discuss "Love, Africa" by Jeffrey Gettelman. This is an honest memoir and work of non-fiction written by a New York Times writer posted in Nairobi. He interweaves reflections on his marriage with his work. It’s a highly fascinating, fast-paced and interesting read -- perfect for summer beach days.

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: by Zoom or in person; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Casual Closing Cheer & Chow! - June 17, 2021

What an unprecedented year and club season we've had. Though we're happy we're starting to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we still can't pull off one of our traditional season closing parties just yet. But we don't want to pass up the chance for an end-of-season Salute! toast before the summer break.

In keeping with this exceptional year, we're going to meet informally at a spot in an iconic location that never used to be frequented by Roman residents. On the spectacular and super-spacious Piazza Navona, in 2020 a new generation transformed "Camillo" from being one of the typical tourist traps plaguing the square into a casual but quality eatery catering to locals. It features normal drink prices and small plates combining local Roman fare and international fusion elements, as well as an art installation.

Keeping this send-off casual and respecting current risk reduction measures, we'd like to invite each individual or party to book their own table (all seating is outdoors, under umbrellas or not, right on Piazza Navona). If you're still uncomfortable with sitting down for drinks and snacks with others but would like to say hello, we'd encourage you to simply take an early evening stroll in the historic centre and wave or say hello to others from the abundant space of the square. Nothing is stopping us from getting up from the table to safely exchange greetings.

When: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. on
Where: Camillo a Piazza Navona dal 1890, Piazza Navona 80
Cost: soft drinks €3, cocktails, wine and beers €4-10; bar snacks €3-6, shareables/small plates/sandwiches €5-9, veggies & salads €6-12, sweets €5-7. No host; everyone will be responsible for their personal bill.
Reservations optional: Book a table if you'd like, at +39 06 565 8161 (also WhatsApp). Or look for the "usual suspects" if you're just passing by!

Friday, May 21, 2021

CCR Book Club - June 24, 2021

For the last meeting of the club season, the CCR Book Club has chosen "Red Island House" by Andrea Lee.

This is the story of a Black American woman and her Italian businessman husband at their vacation home in Madagascar, which the Chicago Review of Books calls "part novel, part collection, part epic. Lee shows us a new setting, its natural beauty and stark class divisions, and its rich culture and settler exploitation."  

When: Thursday June 24, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: by Zoom

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CCR Walks: Parco degli Acquedotti - June 12, 2021

People who come to Rome hear a lot about the aqueducts but don't get to see them much. This is your chance! The Roman aqueducts still stride across the Roman Campagna, and their story comes to life in a little-known, wedge-shaped park ensconced between the Via Appia Nuova and the Via Tuscolana. Once a no-man's land dotted with abandoned stolen cars and dubious activities of all kinds, it is now an attractive park, a paradise for jogging, cycling, and enjoying the landscape. Come join us as we explore its rather interesting history!

When: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 10:00 (09:45 if you would like to meet for coffee before the walk starts)
Meeting Place: Confirmed participants will be informed by email.  
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Wednesday, June 9, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CCR Book Club - May 27, 2021

In May the CCR Book Club will be discussing "The Dictionary of Lost Words" by Pip Williams (Australian). This book is an amalgam of truth and historical fiction. Esme, a young girl, is witness to the writing of the first Oxford English Dictionary. She notices that many words are discarded and clandestinely starts a collection of those lost words. As  The Guardian states, “when the word falls off a table in the Scriptorium….(Esme) pockets it. Then she starts collecting more words that the editors exclude or lose. Eventually, she includes these and others heard on the streets (knackered, latchkeyed, … and dollymop) in her own manuscript, Women’s Words and their Meanings.” 

When: Thursday May 27, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: by Zoom