Friday, April 27, 2012

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Gene Coyle - shares about his book

Diamonds and Deceit: The Search for the Missing Romanov Dynasty Jewels

The October book discussion group greeted the author Gene Coyle - a  former CIA agent and current IU faculty member Gene Coyle

We had a lively discussion about many things including his current fiction book. Interesting in a number of ways but always fun to read a book that parts take place in Bloomington. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

September Book

Sep 15 Discussion

Cutting for Stone Review

Amazon Exclusive: John Irving Reviews Cutting for Stone

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules--a film with seven Academy Award nominations. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Cutting for Stone:

That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. I’ve not read a novel wherein medicine, the practice of it, is made as germane to the storytelling process, to the overall narrative, as the author manages to make it happen here. The medical detail is stunning, but it never overwhelms the humane and narrative aspects of this moving and ambitious novel. This is a first-person narration where the first-person voice appears to disappear, but never entirely; only in the beginning are we aware that the voice addressing us is speaking from the womb! And what terrific characters--even the most minor players are given a full history. There is also a sense of great foreboding; by the midpoint of the story, one dreads what will further befall these characters. The foreshadowing is present in the chapter titles, too--‘The School of Suffering’ not least among them! Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement.--John Irving

 Author: Abraham Verghese

Discussion Leader: Sharon Policello

Hostess: Martha Smiley
1717 Winesap Court

Friday, June 17, 2011

JUNE Meeting - Choosing next year's books!

Eight of us gathered at Lu's home to discuss the 20 suggested books for the coming program year. After much deliberation we picked 8 books we hope all will enjoy.

  1. Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry
  4. Unbroken: A world War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 
  5. The Great Journey: American in Paris by David McCullough 
  6. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 
  7. Diamonds & Deceit: The Search for the Missing Romanov Dynasty Jews by Gene Coyle (IU) 
  8. Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
We assigned some hosts and some discussion leaders and also to choose books for the following year next JUNE at Lu's home but make the breakfast a pot luck event! 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Suggestions for 2011- 2012

First Suggestions -

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks    Rebecca Skloot
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet   Janie Ford
 Room   Emma Donoghue
 The Elegance of the Hedgehog  Murieal Barberry
 Season of Water and Ice    Donald Lystra
 Birds Without Wings    Louis de Bernieres 
 The Art of Racing in the Rai Garth Stein

These and more book will be discussed on June 16th - at Lu's house -

Keep adding to this list!

Friday, May 20, 2011

May Book Discussion

On May 19th the Book Discussion Group met at Becky Rusie's and Laura Mills led the discussion on Arab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund .