Notes from the Meeting of
Women’s Connection Book Club of Wednesday, February 20, 2008
At Carol Ehman’s home
Thank you to Marg Skelley for leading the discussion of Fishing with John by
Edith Iglauer. You did a great job! And thank you to Carol for the hospitality.
Eleven people were present.
Next meeting is Wednesday March 19. We’ll be discussing The Year of
Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The books were ordered last week, so
you should be hearing from the Reading Centre shortly. The discussion
will be lead by Karen Dyck. The meeting will be held at Helen Christian’s.
Details to get to her place will follow with a reminder.
Other books read this month:
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The "New York Times" bestselling sensation that's ""Steel Magnolias" set in Manhattan".
Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter
has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. Her friends are
happy to escape their lives too, even for just a few hours. But when Georgia's ex
suddenly reappears, demanding a role in their daughter's life, her whole world is
shattered. Luckily, Georgia's friends are there, sharing their own tales of intimacy,
heartbreak, and miracle making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will
discover that what they've created isn't just a knitting club: it's a sisterhood.
The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller
Once again Sue Miller takes us deep into the private lives of women with this
mesmerizing portrait of two marriages exposed in all their shame and imperfection, and
in their obdurate, unyielding love. The author of the iconic The Good Mother and the
best-selling While I Was Gone brings her marvelous gifts to a powerful story of two
unconventional women who unexpectedly change each other’s lives.
Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and
mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia
Naughton—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri’s new neighbor
in the adjacent New England town house. Delia’s husband’s chronic infidelity has been
an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the
bond between them remains strong.
The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman
Born into poverty in 1820s Liverpool, Linny Gow escapes the life of prostitution her
stepfather has forced her into, learns how to be a young lady, and flees to India, where
the British Raj is in its infancy. There she finds heartache and suffering, but also true
love and freedom.
A Taste of Death by P.D. James
Two men lie dead in the vestry of a London church, their throats cut with brutal precision.
One is Sir Paul Berowne, rich, cultivated and elegant; the other is an alcoholic vagrant.
Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives,
Adam Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-
eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice — all the while hoping to fill the gap of
logic that joined these two disparate men in death .
The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw by Sheila Hancock
A wonderfully vivid evocation of two lives lived to the fullest, Sheila Hancock’s
compelling double biography of her marriage with actor John Thaw has been a
Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
A raucous tale of con men and grifters set in the dustbowl of the 1930s. Ferguson lives
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
This is Peter Mayle's unforgettable account of the year he and his wife spent in the south
of France. From dealing with fickle local contractors to handicapping goat races and
sampling local culinary delights, A Year In Provence is an hilarious month-by-month
record of the charms and frustrations of moving into an old French farmhouse.
Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle
With his national bestsellers A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle
gave new meaning to the phrase "great escape". Now he has written a delightful novel of
romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense, set in the beguiling French region
he has staked out as his own.
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian
Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. At a time when
most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her
feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being
executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and
threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced
conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions.
Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor’s family who eventually
secured her release.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammelled individual will,
Raskolnikov, and impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits
an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excruciating
suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is
almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. The best known of Dostoevsky's
masterpieces, Crime And Punishment can bear any amount of rereading without losing a
drop of its power over our imagination.
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria
exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full
of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly
called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their
child, Azaro''s loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the
living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree
kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus’s story.
Dangerous Love by Ben Okri
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Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda (G. G. Rowley translator)
Masuda's account of being a geisha in rural Japan at a hot springs resort is at once
intriguing and heartbreaking. There is nothing idyllic in her description of geisha training
or life between the world wars. Born in 1925, Masuda was sent to work for a wealthy
landowner when she was five. At 12, she was sold to a geisha house for about 30 yen,
the price of a bag of rice. During those years, Masuda writes, "I wasn't even able to
wonder why I didn't have any parents or why I should be the only one who was
tormented. If you ask me what I did know then, it was only that hunger was painful and
human beings were terrifying." Originally published in Japan in 1957, where it is still in
print, this book grew out of an article that Masuda, who didn't learn to read and write until
she was in her 20s, submitted for a contest in Housewife's Companion magazine. Her
picaresque adventures as a geisha, then mistress, factory worker, gang moll and
caretaker for her young brother offer an impassioned plea for valuing children. "Never
give birth to children thoughtlessly!" she writes. "That is why, stroke by faltering stroke,
I've written all this down."