Invited to UCLA Bruins Book Club meeting at Palos Verdes Estates to discuss my book, The Immigrants' Daughter. I am always interested in listening to readers' impressions after they read my book. Their input highlights the touchy-feely episodes that leave an imprint on their mind, a tremendous lesson in detecting where I hit a chord. Sometimes my worse writing meets their applause, sometimes what I consider my "gems" remain unnoticed. Thus I gain valuable objectivity along with enjoying my fans.
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Our UCLA Bruins Book Club had a special guest this evening: Mary Terzian, author of The Immigrant's Daughter, a memoir. The turnout was great and the discussion lively. One of the club members brought a copy of the 1990 book for The Aerospace Corporation, where she, Mary, my daughter Lyn Shaw, and I worked; others wanted to see what we looked like 20+ years ago. All of the group want to read the sequel to Mary's book when it is available.
I can't thank you enough for inviting me to your UCLA Bruins Book Club. I loved speaking with my readers face to face, rather than meeting them from behind the podium. What a lovely and lively outspoken group. As for our younger days at Aerospace, I enjoyed my volunteer activity of editing newsletters (AWC, Retirees, Toastmasters' ) more than my job as a sour-faced auditor. I hope my confession will not affect my retirement income now!