Hope you’re all enjoying the beauty of the snow and not the headaches today. This is your first reminder of our next afternoon book group: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1:00 at Beth’s home. Lillian will be reviewing The Black Count by Tom Reiss. Please RSVP to Eakennedy4@gmail.com. Further info next week. Everyone says I’ll like the book because of the “French connection” and I do.
I finished the book I’ll be leading at the morning group in March. It’s The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. He did a beautiful job of inter-weaving the characters and setting the scenes in St. Malo, Paris and Germany. It was a fairly intense read, so I thought I’d read one of his lighter previous books. Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World.” It’s an enjoyable read. He won a fellowship to research and write a book for a year. The book he was working on is The Light We Cannot See!
I also recommend An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. It centers around the long life of a Lebanese woman surviving civil wars and single life in Beirut. I also had The Hakawati (Storyteller) for future reading. I came across articles about the Pen Writers’ concern about the imprisonment and threats against writers in Turkey and Russia. There were quotes from Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak. I discovered her book in my basement library (pile) and finally read it. The Bastard of Istanbul. You can check her out on YouTube and she’s very interesting and informative about the lives of women and Turkish history.
After reading The Winter Queen and enjoying Carol N’s outstanding review, I now have “used copies” of the next 4 books available for borrowing.
USE LIBRARIES AND LEARN STUFF A few ladies from our book group and about 40 others, are attending the 2 sessions of Understanding Islam at the Frederickson library. The second session is this Sunday at 1:30 in the community room. Very informative afternoon.
Check out www.peter-pho2.com and read outstanding postings, maps, and background of the Paris attacks of early Jan. He normally has beautiful pictures and postings about Paris. He has local day walks through the city for tourists. It is a VERY well-developed blog and has received many awards.
Take care, Bookhound
KEEP WARM AND SNUGGLE UP WITH A BOOK