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BUZZING ABOUT BOOKS
WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS
by Monica Wood
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THE BOOK CLUB BUZZ
by Paul Harris
I HARDLY EVER WASH MY HANDS
by J.J. Keeler
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs...and More
This summer, we offer a roundup of reading ideas from book clubs. Enjoy!
Food for Thought Book Club of Annville, Pennsylvania, recommends:
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House, 2010), Nonfiction, 496 pages "Unbroken is the biography of Louis Zamperini, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Louis also happened to be an aspiring Olympic long-distance runner as well as the ultimate survivor. The book follows Louis from his early childhood to his Air Force days, including the more than forty days he survived in a life raft in the open ocean and his extended period as a P.O.W. in multiple Japanese camps, and culminates in an account of his post-war life and damaged psyche. It's as much a story of forgiveness and redemption as it is a survivor's tale, and Hillenbrand's writing style had us hooked from the opening words of her prologue.
"Our discussion began in an obvious place: discussing Louis's incredible survival instinct through a seemingly endless line of setbacks and struggles. We were also struck with how easy it was to read Hillenbrand's work. Although it is a piece of nonfiction, her writing made us feel as if we were reading a classic novel.
"The response of one of our book club members, a former Army helicopter pilot who served in the Vietnam War, to the book was interesting. He told us that it was very difficult to read the chapters detailing the combat Zamperini and his crew faced over the Pacific Ocean, especially with bullet holes in the plane's fuselage. In fact, this member almost stopped reading at that point because of the memories it stirred up, but he eventually finished and was so glad that he did, since Zamperini's story is an incredible one."
Paired with: Tropical selections to represent Zamperini's days in Hawaii as well as foods that paid tribute to his Italian heritage. The menu included biscotti, an apricot tart, a fresh fruit platter and fruit dip, bread and butter, spiced nuts, mini Italian sausage and pineapple kebobs, chips and salsa, and nuts.
Ladies of the Club of San Diego, California, recommend:
More New Book Recommendations
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
(Harper, 2009), Fiction, 528 pages
"Set in Mexico and the United States beginning in the 1930s, The Lacuna is the story of a young man, Harrison Shepherd, who is coming of age. Much of his life is spent living with two famous artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City, where he meets revolutionary Lev Trotsky who is fleeing from Joseph Stalin's regime. Harrison also lives in the United States where he comes under the scrutiny of the FBI. The characters are beautifully portrayed and the settings create a real world of beauty, but also of fear of what is different.
"Our club loved the book and our discussion was quite in depth as we discovered layers of meaning through sharing our varied perspectives. History came alive for all of us as we read about Harrison Shepherd's friendship with Kahlo, Rivera, and Trotsky.
"We are all fans of Barbara Kingsolver and have read two of her other books, Animal Dreams and Prodigal Summer in past years. We were not disappointed in The Lacuna."
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
by John Vaillant
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
BOOK CLUBS WITH FLAIR:
Morsels for the Mind
The Morsels for the Mind Book Club of Grand Rapids, Michigan, bring books to life through food, costumes and props with great finesse. The imaginative Morsels, who have been gathering to chew over books since 1991, make sure each meeting is an opportunity for fun and food. "We always make sure food is part of the discussion," says member Laura Lewakowski. "Morsels of food for our bodies, and morsels of words for our minds."
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