Updated: 27 April 2017
27 April 2017 this web site was 20 years old, the 1st by a Carcinoid
HOPE for those diagnosed with
my 23rd year of active, full life: May 10, 1995 -- May
April 27, 2017 was the 20th anniversary of this page;
the FIRST by a Carcinoid patient.
April 23, 2014
I began Dialysis
every evening at home
due to being Stage
Chronic Kidney Disease.
My memoir book
is now available
ebook! By Susan L.
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My story is
one many of you can identify with – an uplifting look at a life that I am
determined to live well, despite all the obstacles I have been dealt. At the
heart of the story is the idea of LIVING with cancer. It took eight years to
correctly diagnose my rare disease, Carcinoid/ Neuroendocrine Tumors. Then, they
said I would die in just a few more years. That was 18 years ago, and here I am!
How have I faired? Very well. Read the book to find out how I have lived a happy
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YES, LOTS ON BOOKS & BOOK DISCUSSION & pictures in my book above!
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A favorite pastime of mine all of my life has been reading, accumulating a
large home library, having writers autograph their books for me, and taking part
in book discussion groups. Our home is packed with bookcases, so
now my husband and I are reading books on our Kindle's (eReaders).
In 1962 I organized my first group, "The Study Guild" in Osceola,
Missouri; we had a study lesson and a book review, as of now, it is still
meeting monthly. In 1971 I joined a book discussion group through "Newcomers" in
Omaha, Nebraska, and later another friend and I formed a "Non Fiction Discussion
Group" also in Omaha. Later I worked with forming several groups in Alexandria,
We moved to Tempe, Arizona, and within a few months I organized a new "Day
Time Book Discussion Group" in October 1983, and in May 1989 was co-founder of a
new "Evening Book Discussion Group". Both of these Arizona groups are
non-smoking, meet monthly in participants homes and have lively discussions. See
the BOOKS section for some titles that lend themselves to lively discussions
(and my logs of the books I have read). The Day Time Book Discussion Group
changed its name to "The Contemporary Book Discussion Club" July 14, 1999.
The East Valley Tribune and the Scottsdale Tribune newspapers published a
very nice article "Meaty tomes open door on discussion" by Betty Webb (I am
quoted several times in this good article) in the Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, issue
on page D4. The Tribune has a new web page, but no archive yet (2001), so I
cannot give you the URL.
TOTAL list of the books read and discussed by The
Contemporary Book Discussion Club (formerly The Day Time Book Group) since being
organized in September 1983, and what the Evening Book Group has read since
being organized in May 1989. Click below for these lists.
what both book groups have read since organizing
Updated: 20 July 2015
CLICK HERE: 25 Years of Book
Discussions in AZ 1983-2008
Click on any line below:
Susan's Personal Book Log #4
(books read through 3 April 2016)
date of last update
Susan's Personal Book Log #3
(books read January 2006 through
December 2012) date of last update
Personal Book Log #2 (books read January 1991 through
Susan's Personal Book Log
#1 (books read December 1969 through December 1990)
The Poisoned Pen...A
Mystery Bookstore and More Scottsdale, Arizona
Chancing Hands Bookstore Tempe, Arizona
Bouchercon (World Mystery Convention)
American Book Sellers
How to Find Used & Rare Books (Book
Additional Reading Group Guides
(often the first place to look)
Bookmarks Magazine: A Reader's Guide To The Best In Books
Authors on the Web
Reviews & Interviews with writers
BookWomen Magazine (Minn. Women's Press)
The Book Club Cook Book web site and newsletter
Click here to email me
I "Sunny Susan" was invited to write
on the web site of the Arizona Republic
newspaper as they have liked letters I have
written to the editors over the years.
March 26, 2008 was my first Blog.
I have written additional articles, but not
on a set schedule. Have stopped due to lack of time.
You may go to my Blog at
May need to go to archive for each month on right side
below my photo to open older Blogs.
Below are the lists for what both of these
book discussion groups are currently reading and following that are the suggestions for
starting book discussion groups, and a
few "rules" on how we operate.
May 18, 2015
Book Discussion Club – Meeting 9:30 a.m., 2nd Wed. of each month
Organized Sept. 1983
May 13, 2015 -
Free Fire by C. J. Box
June 10, 2015 - Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
July 08, 2015
- When Books Went To War by Molly Manning
Aug. 12, 2015 - Nordic Summer Nights by Kari Zamecnik
Sept 9, 2015 -
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kiddr
Oct. 14, 2015 - Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark by
Nov. 11, 2015 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Dec. 9, 2015 -
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovations
at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Jan. 13, 2016 - Still Alice: A Novel by Lisa Genovaes of Los Alamos
by Tara Shea Nesbit
Mar. 9, 2016 - The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
13, 2016 - The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
by Kate Andersen Brower
May 11, 2016 -
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
June 8, 2016 - Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Jan. 11, 2011
Night Book Discussion Club – Meeting 7:15 p.m., 2nd Monday of each
Organized early in 1989,
final meeting June 13, 2011
June 13, 2011 LAST meeting of this group ....
Pot-Luck Dinner to talk about the good times since early 1989 and books read.
May 13, 2004, page 18 of The Rep -- published by the Arizona Republic
Under Lectures / discussions.
“The Book Club Cookbook: 7 p.m. May 17. Susan Anderson and Changing Hands
manager Meredith Warner
lead a discussion of The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes
and Food for Thought From Your Book Club’s Favorite Books
and Authors, by
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock
Drive, Tempe. Free. (480) 730-0205”.
“Discerning Diner...with Elan Head Feeding the stomach, feeding the mind When
Massachusetts writers Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp set out to pair good food
with good literature, they discovered that their idea wasn’t as novel (no pun
intended) as it seemed”.
This is article I was interviewed for, it is on pages 2 & 14 of The Wrangler
News and on-line
The Book Club Cook Book web
site and newsletter
Below is a sheet of information I made available on May 17, 2004, when
spoke at Changing Hands Book Store, Tempe, AZ
Susan L. Anderson - Email:
- Web Page:
Guidelines for book discussion groups, meeting in private homes that have worked
for me over the decades.
When wanting to start a book discussion group there are decisions to be made.
- What do you hope to accomplish? (see purpose below)
- What kinds of books do you wish to read and discuss?
- Where and when shall you meet?
- Smoking allowed, or totally non smoking?
- How many people do you want to participate? (In private home may limit to a
maximum of 20)
- Name for group?
- The purpose is to read and then discuss those books selected, and read, by all
- The participants read ALL books selected, including those she/he would not
have read if not selected by
the discussion group.
- The group should NOT a lecture series or a book review series for NON-readers.
- The group shall select books that a majority of the members desire to read.
- Prospective members should have a love for learning and a thirst for
--They should desire to learn something new daily, and from each book they
--A group that is multi-generational is good so each may learn from the other
-- Lively discussions happen when the group has a wide range of life
experiences and have lived in many
-- Prospective members must be able to disagree without being disagreeable.
-- Members are not to take personal offense at comments by other members re:
the book, subject, or author.
-- There are no right or incorrect answers about a book under discussion.
-- Opinions of ALL participants are of value and should be respected.
- If a member misses three meetings in a row without calling the hostess she
shall be removed from roster.
- Once a year all members shall meet and present book suggestions for the coming
- The goal / guideline shall be to select a variety of books with at least one
from each of these categories:
-- 1. Biography or memoir
-- 2. Mystery
-- 3. Travel related
-- 4. Government or politics
-- 5. Arizona location, or book by an Arizona writer
-- 6. Women’s studies and/or self-improvement
-- 7. The remaining selections from current/contemporary fiction
- After the books are chosen, annually, members volunteer to be discussion
leader, and/or hostess.
- Setting the schedule for 12 months at a time allows more discussion time at
- Each discussion leader shall lead as she feels comfortable, with only a few
-- Provide a few reviews of the book, both pro and con if possible.
-- Provide biographical information on the author.
-- Prepare a group of discussion questions about the book, to start the
discussion and keep it going.
- A house guest is always welcome to attend a meeting with a member.
- Local residents who only want to go out to lunch, but are NOT book readers,
are NOT welcome to attend.
- If two current participants have reservations about a prospective member, that
person shall not be invited
to become a member.
-The group shall operate on American democratic principles – equal opportunity
for ALL members to
participate in all things, unless they choose not to participate.
- All discussions are more interesting when everyone expresses an opinion, all
are valued and wanted.
A list of ALL books read and discussed, since their organization, by The
Contemporary Book Discussion Club (fall 1983) and the Evening Book Discussion
Club (spring 1989) are on my web page under “Books” at:
http://www.carcinoidinfo.info (this web site). I have a small business
card size 2004 calendar with web page and email addresses if you would care of
have one tonight. On the other side of this page I shall list a FEW books that
have been lively discussed in book groups.
Copyright 2004 and beyond by Susan L. Anderson
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All communication shall be via e-mail, so all members must have and USE
How we operate:
Adopted: July 14, 1999
- New name: Contemporary Book Discussion Club (for non-smoking
- Membership is limited to 18 women who love reading books
- Meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 A.M. in homes of the
- If a member misses three meetings in a row without calling or writing the
hostess her name
will be removed from the roll of members.
- All participants shall be expected to have read the book for discussion
before the meeting.
- The purpose is to read and then discuss those books read by all members.
It is NOT a lecture series, or a book review series for NON-readers.
- Members are expected to be able to disagree without being disagreeable, or
personal offense at any comments made by other members about what they thought of the
author! There are no right or wrong answers!
- The group shall select books that a majority of the members desire to
read! There will be
selections that many of the members would NOT have chosen to read on their own, BUT, the
group will not
select a book that does not have a vote of "yes, lets read it" from a majority of the members.
- The group shall select books once each year for the coming year. All
participants shall be encouraged
to submit a number selections, either books she would like to lead, OR books she thinks the
group - as
a whole - would enjoy, and would make a lively diverse discussion.
- The goal/guideline shall be to select a variety of books with at least one
book from each of
the following categories annually -- when possible:
-1- biography or memoir
-4- government or politics
-5- Arizona location, or book by an Arizona writer
-6- self-help/self-improvement, and/or women's studies
-7- the remaining selections from current/contemporary fiction.
- After the books are chosen, annually, the members shall volunteer to be a
discussion leader, and/or be hostess.
- Each discussion leader shall lead as she feels comfortable, with only a
few guide-lines. She should
provide a few reviews of the book, and biographical information on the author. Then she
a group of discussion questions (for HER use in leading the group) about the book, to start the
keep it going, and on the book
- If the discussion leader desires to assign research questions, they will
only be given to members who
volunteer to take such a question. They will not be assigned to anyone not wishing a
- If a leader does ask for volunteers to take questions, this may not be done
more than one time in a
twelve-month period. This club is NOT a class -- it is for reading and learning pleasure, without
and without right or wrong answers.
- A house guest is always welcome to attend a meeting with a member! Local
residents who only want
to go out to lunch, but are NOT book readers, are NOT welcome to attend.
- If TWO current participants have reservations about a prospective member,
that person shall not be
invited to become a member.
- The group shall operate on American democratic principles -- equal
opportunity for ALL members to
participate in all things, unless they choose not to participate. All discussions are
more interesting when
everyone expresses her opinion! ALL opinions are valuable, interesting, and wanted!
All communication shall be via e-mail, so all members must have and USE
Please read last section on this page - below.
Thank you, Susan, 1-26-2009
1996 --- when I first located others with
Carcinoid --- I have answered every email sent to me, although some replies were
delayed longer than I liked. I am NO longer able to reply to all e-mails due to
the volume and other things going on in my life (all good). I do love hearing
from others, but an unable to reply to all individually. I shall not forget my
many Carcinoid friends and of course shall reply to you … as time permits.
web site was 20 years old on April 27, 2017.
Since my husband "retired"
I am away from my computer for days, and sometimes, weeks at a time. Yes, there
is wireless internet and we have tried that a number of places. But, if I deal
with email when we are away from home then it is not a "restful vacation" for
use the SEARCH
capability at the top my pages. You may search for a word, a phrase, a drug, a
treatment, a book title or anything you can think of. You may search this site
only, or search the complete World Wide Web.
To speak with
please know you may call the “telephone information and support line” of the
Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF), Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Eastern Time at 1-888-722-3132 (free) or 1-914-693-1001. “The
information and support line” is staffed by medical professionals. Mondays and
Fridays are research days, if you call then and do not reach a person do leave a
clear message. The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) superb web site is at
CCF - Serving
the carcinoid/NETs patient and medical community for
years (chartered in 1968)
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DISCLAIMER: I am a patient and NOT a medical
doctor or health care professional. I share information and links to
information that has been helpful to me and that I believe to be correct and
good, but I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, except for MY
stories. I urge you not to rely only on this information but I believe
you should discuss your situation and information with your medical doctors
and/or other medical professionals.
"Sunny" Susan Anderson
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