Saturday, November 23, 2013

Talking with the Author

What is there about talking with the author of a book you have read that changes your appreciation of the story?  Is it the time that author has devoted to telling the story, sometimes a year or longer on just the research?  How about the story itself?  Is it knowing what sparked the author's mind and inspired the story?

I know, for me, it is all of the above and more when we speak with authors via SKYPE or phone during our book club meetings.

While speaking with Lily Koppel author of The Astronaut's Wives Club I was struck by her commitment to tell the story of these remarkable women behind the scenes of the men with the "right stuff".  It reminded me of how boxed in women were in the 50's and 60's.  Every woman was supposed to be June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver fame and these women were expected to fit the mold by NASA and the public.  But I wonder are we better off today when every woman can give free expression of herself - twerking in public is acceptable???!!

Reading opens up doors in our minds to endless possibilities and for me, reading gives voice to my constant desire to have a better world for my family  and seek ways to accomplish that.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Who wants to blog?

I'm not a writer and I know we have lots of writers in our group so if anyone wants to post on our blog site, please do so!!   Kay

The October meeting generated a lot of discussion on what makes a good book club book.  Of course Ashton Lee's book The Cherry Cola Book Club started the discussion.    One thing we all agreed on is that we want to read book that bring us out of our usual comfort zone and that give us new ways of looking at life.  We reflected on some of the books we have discussed in the past.  Some we learned about cultures we were unfamiliar with such as the foot binding in Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and the Japanese encampments in America through Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.  Others reminded us of our experiences such as Kathryn Casey's The Killing Storm and her description of a hurricane blowing through Houston.    Ahhhh, we are definitely enriched by our reading and our friendship.

Reminder:  November meeting  The Astronaut's Wives Club by Lilly Koppel.  She will do a SKYPE interview.  Also bring contributions for our Christmas literacy project.