Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, Setptember 23: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Thursday, October 21: Edgar Allan Poe Party
Bring camp chairs and marshmallows for the bonfire in Jennifer's back yard. Hot dogs and popcorn will be provided. We'll be discussing several shorter works by Edgar Allan Poe:
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Cask of Amantillado
The Pit and the Pendulum
Thursday, November 18: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, by Terry Ryan
Thursday, Dec 16: Bring your own short Christmas story/book to share and a wrapped book for the gift exchange. And, of course, food.
Monday, January 18, 2010
From page 248:
"By the 1890s women's reading clubs were a respected part of community life . . . But in the early years they were controversial. When the New England Women's Club was founded in 1868, the Boston Transcript predicted that "Homes will be ruined, children neglected, woman is straying from her sphere." In Greencastle, Indiana, a newspaper editorial attacked Elizabeth Ames, founder of a local women's club, claiming she had "lured women from their duties as homemakers" to join an "unspeakable menace."
Friday, October 30, 2009
Here's the schedule for what they're reading.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Discussion Leader: Jenny Allen
"The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde
and "Necessary Targets" by Eve Ensler
Discussion Leader: Lonica Rowley
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
and Gifts from the Sea by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Discussion Leader: Whitney Sowby
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Discussion Leader: Katrina Noble
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit
Discussion Leader: Tina Buhler
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Sea
Discussion Leader: Jaylene Scott
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
and Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
Discussion Leader: Shannon Pence
December 17: We'll be holding a Christmas book party. Bring a wrapped book to swap in the gift exchange, something edible, and something Christmassy to read to the others, like a poem or children's book or whathaveyou. NOTE: In December we are also meeting on the third Thursday instead of the fourth.
January 28: America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins. From Amazon's review:
Well researched and well written, America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines is a powerful and important book. Starting with Pocahontas and Eleanor Dare (the first female colonist), this lively and fascinating history records the changes in American women's lives and the transformations in American society from the 1580s through the 2000s.February 25: An as-yet-undetermined romance. Possibly one of the recent Jane Austen "sequels", but probably not Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
A history of the oft-marginalized sex must often draw from diaries and journals, which were disproportionally written by whites; as a result, African-American and Native American women are not as well represented as white in the earlier chapters of America's Women. However, Gail Collins writes about women of many races and ethnicities, and in fact provides more information about Native Americans, African-Americans, and Chinese, Jewish, and Italian immigrants than some general U.S. history books. She writes about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, slave and slave-owner, athlete and aviatrix, president's wife and presidential candidate--and, of course, men and women. And some of these women--from the justly famous, like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, to the undeservedly obscure, like Elizabeth Eckford and Senator Margaret Chase Smith--will not only make any woman proud to be a woman, they will make any American proud to be American.
March 25: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. From Amazon: ". . . this tale of courage and sisterhood [is] set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters . . . Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures--known as "las mariposas," or "the butterflies," in the underground--as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered."
Monday, June 29, 2009
August: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer. From the library's website:
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine, while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
September: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. From the library's website:
As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Bring reading suggestions to the meeting, as we will be planning out the next few months. If you can't make it to the meeting, leave a comment here with your suggestions.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This month we're meeting on the 26th at Amy's house (as usual) at 8:30 PM. We're reading The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. As you can tell from these two book covers, the story takes place in a rural setting and there's like, a house and stuff, and a woman dressed in white. Riveting!ACTUALLY, the story takes place in rural Colorado during World War II and it involves an illegitimate pregnancy, an arranged marriage, a Japanese internment camp, love, betrayal, and passion.
So be sure to come to Book Club this month! Even if you don't get a chance to read the book, we always have some clever and delicious topically appropriate food. For this month, I'm guessing we'll be treated to some exotic Colorado "grub"!