Book Talk to be held

By Marion Hill

A charming, often hilarious novel, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion, will be discussed at the November 12 meeting of Book Talk at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main Street in Durant.

Leading the 7 p.m. discussion will be Dr. Jane Hicks, who recently retired as Professor of Management at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The international best-selling book follows an effort by brilliant but socially clueless professor of genetics Don Tillman to find a wife. Don approaches his quest in an orderly way, as he approaches all parts of his life, including a rigid schedule of daily meals, by creating a questionnaire for prospective partners to complete.

The questionnaire will help him weed out unsuitable prospects and avoid awkward personal encounters, he reasons, by immediately eliminating from consideration any female who drinks, smokes, or arrives late for appointments.

However, his careful plan is thrown into disarray when he meets Rosie Jarman, a beautiful, opinionated woman who fails on all three counts. Don isn’t Rosie’s idea of a “dream date” either, but both are drawn to each other.

Dr. Hicks says of the novel, “both men and women will enjoy this book. I guarantee it will make you laugh out loud at least once!”

A Durant native, Dr. Hicks earned a B.A. degree in psychology from SOSU, a B.B.A. from Florida International University, CPA certification, an M.B.A. from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in information science from the University of North Texas.

She taught in the SOSU school of business for 10 years. After retiring she published “Writing for Business,” a book she wrote to help her students with grammar and to promote the philosophy of good-will in business.

Dr. Hicks has also work for Ernst & Young, AT&T, and U.S. West, and started Pacesetter Labs, a tech company in Palo Alto, CA.

Book Talk’s meetings are free and open to the public. The group reads and discusses a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of its monthly selections are available for purchase at the library service desk and never cost more than $10.

Submitted by Book Talk.

By Marion Hill

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