Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A special evening with local author, Amy Sonnichsen

The Page Turner Book Club had the privilege of enjoying the company and conversation with local author of the RED BUTTERFLY, Amy Sonnichsen.


The evening of March 10th was a pleasant one.   TPTBC met at Becky's Coffee Corner at 6pm for our club meeting.  We had the pleasure of discussing Sonnichsen's book that we, as a group, had read prior to the book signing and discussion session.  We rarely are able to have a conversation with the actual author of our monthly book club selections, so you can imagine our anticipation and appreciation.

Amy, who possessed an upbeat personality offered an approachable manner and was easy to converse with.  We had the privilege of hearing stories behind the book, as well as how the role of writing has played in her life.  She shared her background about the time she lived in China which allowed her to reflect on her own understanding and experience.  We were able to get a glimpse of what contributed to the vivid, heartfelt story of the RED BUTTERFLY.  All the while, she graciously and gladly received all of our amateur book club questions.  :)


We all left the meeting feeling pretty lucky that we were able to sit in a "special seat" while relishing our guest of honor.  We left with gained insight behind the story as well as the unique experience of meeting a truly nice and talented individual.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BRAVA, VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani ~ MEETING: April 14th

Please come join us to discuss Adriana Trigiani's sequel to Very, Valentine.

The Page Turner Book Club will be meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, April 14th.  We'll meet at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser at 6pm.  Our meetings typically wrap up by 7:30pm. 

Mrs. Rosita Massie will be our host for the evening.

Please note that Brava, Valentine aka Encore, Valentine are the same novel just different title. It is the second novel in the Valentine Trilogy Series. 

"[A] charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family." (Publishers Weekly)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Join Us! ~ For our monthly book club meeting...AND a night with our local author, Amy Sonnichsen

The Page Turner Book Club will be gathering together on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, March 10th at 6pm.  Our conversation will be held at Becky's Coffee Corner in Prosser.  The "book of the night" will be Red Butterfly, written by Prosser's local author, Amy Sonnichsen.  As a special treat, Amy will be joining us from 7-8pm (for Becky's business closes at 8pm) to discuss her new book.  She'll be available for Q&A and for book signings.  WhooHoo!  We hope you'll join us for this special opportunity. 

"Sonnichsen’s sparse narrative in free verse moves Kara’s life along with deliberate sentiment, effort, and loyalty. Sympathetic readers will appreciate that Kara learns to build trust with those who demonstrate their compassion in constructive attempts to right some of the wrongs of her difficult beginnings." (Booklist)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Next Meeting: February 10th

TPTBC's next meeting will be held on Feb. 10th at 6pm.  It will take place at Becky's Coffee Corner/Becky's Video in Prosser.  Please note that our meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month.  Meetings typically go from 6pm until 7:30pm.

The discussion of the evening will be centered around the novel, Killing Patton by Bill O' Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Ms. Nona Gall will be our host.  Please join us for an enlightening and respectful discussion while gaining insight of each other's perspectives about the book.

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books, including Killing Jesus, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Lincoln.
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. His book Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons. (taken from; http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Patton-Strange-Audacious-General/dp/product-description/080509668X/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books)

Monday, January 5, 2015

TPTBC would like to announce that their next meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, January 13th.  The meeting will take place at Becky’s Coffee Corner in Prosser, at 6pm.  Zita Massie will be our host for the evening.

The evening will include conversations about the book;

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

A Note from Adriana Trigiani
The story of this novel began with a lady on a roof. Every morning, I head over to the Hudson River Park for fresh air and a run (just found out the exhaust fumes of the West Side Highway could kill me more quickly than lack of exercise, go figure), and I became obsessed with a woman living on one of the last small buildings facing the river amidst the “progress” of glamorous high-rises and hotels. I’d wonder, “Why does she stay?” Most summer mornings she was in her housecoat tending to tomato plants that line the fence of her rooftop. I never waved or rang her bell, but I connected to her. She reminded me of my grandmothers, who had their own gardens, and for most of their widowed lives, lived alone. I began to look for the woman, and when I saw her, I felt relieved, as though life wasn’t really racing by, and that the past was somehow, in the form of this lady, still alive. This lady, whose name I do not know and whom I have never met, brought me to the story of Carlo Bonicelli, my grandfather, a shoemaker. I keep a photograph of him on my desk to remind me of the artisans that came before me. (It’s a crowded desktop; those of you who read Lucia, Lucia know about the seamstresses in my family!) My grandfather Carlo died when he was thirty-nine years old. My grandmother told me that while he repaired shoes and built them, his dream was to design them. He did not live long enough to see his dream materialize. With my grandmother gone, I asked my mother about him, about his work. This wasn’t easy, as my mom cries whenever she talks about her father. As those of you dutiful children out there know, when our mothers cry, it’s like somebody’s plunging a knife into our chests. But this time, I asked her not to cry, and she told me the story of the Bonicelli shoes. Then I went to Italy with my dear pal Gina Casella, (with our five-year-old daughters in tow) to learn how to make shoes. I met a few of the great artisans, who became the inspiration for the shoemakers in this novel. The trip changed my creative life, but it also changed the substance and course of this story. I come from people who survived by the labor of their own hands in a glorious country of their choice (our United States). I always knew this, but now I understand it. I only live as an artist because they gave me their stories, and because you read them. So, Dear Reader (love it--so Jane Austen!), Very Valentine is for you. It’s about all of us: our family dynamics, our dreams, our luck or lack of it in matters of the heart, and how we negotiate going forward, in a world that’s moving so fast, even a stroll is now a blur. This is the first of three books about Valentine Roncalli and her family of shoemakers. When I wrote it, I wanted to bring you old world craftsmanship, the magical setting of Greenwich Village, in a contemporary family saga told in vivid detail. I hope you enjoy it.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. (taken from; http://www.amazon.com/Very-Valentine-Novel-Adriana-Trigiani/dp/0061257060)