Sunday, April 13, 2014

Next Meeting: May 13th, Next Book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Our next meeting will be held on May 13th (second Tuesday of the month) at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser, WA  Our meeting starts at 6pm and will go until about 7:30.  The book of the evening will be The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Our host of the evening will be Mrs. Rosita Massie.  Please join us for some good ole' book discussion, conversation, and great company!



“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence. A-“
Entertainment Weekly

"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud."
People Magazine (3.5 out of 4 stars)

"[A] story with heart and hope...A good old fashioned novel"
New York Daily News

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 8th's Meeting

We're meeting this upcoming Tuesday, April 8th, at 6pm, at Becky's Coffee Corner.  The focus of the evening will be on the book, Don't Let's Go to the Dog's Tonight by Alexandra Fuller.  The host for the night will be Nicole Thomas.







“This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.” —Newsweek

“By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling.”—The New Yorker

“Ms. Fuller gives us . . . the Africa she knew as a girl, a place of cruel politics, violent heat and startling beauty, a land she makes vivid in all its ‘incongruous, lawless, joyful, violent, upside-down, illogical certainty.’” —The New York Times

“Vivid, insightful and sly . . . Bottom line: Out of Africa, brilliantly.”—People



Monday, February 17, 2014

March's Upcoming Meeting

Next up....
On March 11th our meeting will entail discussion about the book;
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars.jpg




We'll meet at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser at 6pm. Nona Gall will be our host for this evening's discussion.
Please be sure to come early to grab a sweet tea or a mocha from Becky's services!




The Fault In Our Stars is a narrated story told by a sixteen year old girl named Hazel who is living with cancer.  Characters in the story are intertwined by a cancer support group enabling them to cross paths and endure the intense and complex ride of cancer together.  Revealed in it's raw form, cancer inevitably touches their life and their relationships. 


The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ameritopia by Mark Levin


Our next meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, February 11th @ 6pm.  The meeting will take place at Becky’s Coffee Corner in Prosser.

The evening will include conversations about the book;

Ameritopia by Mark Levin
Rosita Massie will be the host of this evening's book selection.





Please join us to discuss this book about the founding of our country, where we have come from and where we are heading. 
Be sure to come a tad early, before the meeting starts, to grab a warm beverage from Becky in preparation for this cozy (and friendly) conversation!







“A must-read for Americans of all political persuasions. . . . An honest discussion of the dangers presently facing our country. . . . Levin does a fantastic job.”

—Jedediah Bila, Newsmax



“That Levin wrote this book now demonstrates not only his passion for the United States, but his awareness that he is a statesman defending natural law at a pivotal moment in human history. . . . Mark Levin [does] the lion’s share of our shouting—eloquently—with Ameritopia.”

—PJ Media
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"How Curious.....?" January's book selection

Lets get together and talk about a book with a peculiar title;  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.


This book is filled with note worthy quotes taken from the main character and narrator of the book, Christopher, who has a form of autism.  During his Sherlock Holmes-style quest to find a neighborhood dog murderer, the writings provide an inside view of Christopher's puzzle-loving approaches and more importantly into his world of Asperger syndrome. 

Our meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14th, at 6pm, at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser.  Celeste' Lynn will be hosting this evening's book discussion.



You may be interested in checking out the author, Mark Haddon.  He has his own website/blog at; http://www.markhaddon.com/

For those of you who tend to dissect books and write notations in the margins as they read (uhh...I guess I'd fit in this category) I discovered; "The Bookclub in a Box Discussion Guide" for this particular book.  I picked one up via Amazon Prime for 3.49, used.  I can't promise the availability at that price but it's worth keeping an eye out.  Here is the link; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1897082118?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1897082118&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

See the Editorial Review below:

The fifteen-year-old narrator of this ostensible murder mystery is even more emotionally remote than the typical crime-fiction shamus: he is autistic, prone to fall silent for weeks at a time and unable to imagine the interior lives of others. This might seem a serious handicap for a detective, but when Christopher stumbles on the dead body of his neighbor's poodle, impaled by a pitchfork, he decides to investigate. Christopher understands dogs, whose moods are as circumscribed as his own ("happy, sad, cross and concentrating"), but he's deaf to the nuances of people, and doesn't realize until too late that the clues point toward his own house and a more devastating mystery. This original and affecting novel is a triumph of empathy; whether describing Christopher's favorite dream (of a virus depopulating the planet) or his vision of the universe collapsing in a thunder of stars, the author makes his hero's severely limited world a thrilling place to be.
Copyright © 2005
The New Yorker

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

December's story...."The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Our meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, December 10th @ 6pm.  The meeting will take place at; 2000 Highland Drive, Prosser.

We will be discussing the book; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby.  Celeste' Lynn will be our host for the evening.



The following excerpt was taken from; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diving_Bell_and_the_Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (original French title: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon) is a memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. It also details what his life was like before the stroke.
On 9 December 1995, Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings, but physically paralyzed with what is known as locked-in syndrome , with the only exception of some movement in his head and eyes. His right eye had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem. The entire book was written by Bauby blinking his left eyelid, which took ten months (four hours a day). Using partner assisted scanning, a transcriber repeatedly recited a French language frequency-ordered alphabet (E, S, A, R, I, N, T, U, L, etc.), until Bauby blinked to choose the next letter. The book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes. The book also chronicles everyday events for a person with locked-in syndrome. These events include playing at the beach with his family, getting a bath, and meeting visitors whilst in hospital at Berck-sur-Mer.
The French edition of the book was published on 6 March 1997. It received excellent reviews, sold the first 25,000 copies on the day of publication, reaching 150,000 in a week. It went on to become a number one bestseller across Europe. Its total sales are now in the millions. On 9 March 1997, three days after the book was published, Bauby died of pneumonia.[1][2]



Jean-Dominique Bauby enjoying life before his stroke.

 

 
 
You may want to check out the 2007 film; " The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", based upon Bauby's book memoir.  You may also be interested in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Premature Burial" which is a novel depicting a similar circumstance to Bauby's "locked in syndrome".


Quote from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly;

"I need to feel strongly, to love and admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe.”




 


Monday, October 14, 2013

GREAT REVIEWS for ~Hidden Order~ by Brad Thor


On November 12th we will be discussing Hidden Order by Brad Thor.  Our attendees for this mid-November meeting will gather at Becky's Coffee Corner at 6pm.  Nona Gall will be hosting this evening's discussion.

We will discuss the thriller of a tale about an organization (Federal Reserve) and their ruthless, secretive attempts to reach their objectives while imposing dangers to the USA. 

See the following reviews taken from the Amazon website:

Brad Thor] and Harvath are the real deal, and you should accept no substitutes. (BookReporter.com)
“One of Brad Thor’s best books to date.”(The Washington Post)
“[A] great, great thriller.” -
(Rush Limbaugh)
“Rockin’ from cover to cover.”
(Charlie Daniels)
“[A] must-read summer thriller.”
(Townhall.com)
“HIDDEN ORDER …Freeeekin awesome!”
(KCBR)
“One of the best writers you are ever going to read.”
(WROK)
“…the thrills and detailed narrative combine to make Hidden Order a one-of-a-kind roller coaster run…”
(The Blaze)
“A well thought out plot with a rollicking pace and would be a great summer beach read.”
(E-Thriller.com)
“Thriller writer Brad Thor is awesome…You’ll want to take HIDDEN ORDER to the beach.” -
(National Review)
“Brad Thor continues to write like nobody else writes…Ain’t nothing else like it!”
(KCBQ)