My book club met tonight at Jodie's home...it was my book selection for discussion!
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Renlin.
Here's the website for you, if you want to have a look at it:
There were eight of us together, talking about our lives, our families, our favorite foods...and, oh yes, the book! Everyone who read it liked it. Even better, most people who read it really got it! Some were so touched by the story of the village elder who begged Greg to teach his family to read, so that his children would be able to actually read his Holy Book, rather than just speaking memorized words, like him.
Others felt the joy for the people in the first village when the bridge they wanted was finally completed, and the women of the village could finally get together with their married children.
Our conversation veered sharply right and then left, with a few tangents and sidebars in between. It's such a pleasure to get together with these lovely women and have a lively and spirited conversation about a book. Actually, our conversation is not always about the book, but the book begins the conversation and provides the guardrails that keep us in the groove on occasion.
With a table full of healthy and decadent snacks, washed down by a pot or two of green tea and decaf coffee sitting comfortably inside of our tummies, we finally wrapped up the evening. As we left for our homes, the host gave us our next book selection.
It's one I've been longing to read, so I'm delighted!
The Book of Negroes: A Novel by Lawrence Hill...I am looking forward to this read so much, as I've read the reviews and several articles about it, and now it is sitting on my night table, waiting.
This is a Canadian bestseller, named one of the top 100 books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Amazon.com in the U.S. listed Someone Knows My Name as one of the top 100 books of the year.
In the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, this wonderful book is called Someone Knows My Name. It won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, won also the 2007 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was a Finalist for the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award.
Here's Lawrence Hill's website link for you:
"This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own." ~ Harper Collins