Book club is a group of people who meet monthly to discuss a book that we've read. We are no frills--come as you are, when you can, and generally don't serve refreshments, except for our March potluck and this year, our December meeting. We are mostly neighbors from the Hyde Park 4th and 8th ward geographic areas (not necessarily all LDS) and invite others from our neighborhood to join us. We also include friends of those neighbors. We take turns choosing and hosting the book discussion at our houses. Currently we meet the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM, unless otherwise specified. Anyone who would like to come can contact Julie Latvakoski, and she would be happy to add that person to the book club e-mail distribution list. In the past, we've read such books as: Three Cups of Tea, Goose Girl, Little Women, The Five Love Languages, Skipping Christmas, and The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.
So now that you know what exactly Book Club is....Here's the revised line-up. The meetings start at 8 PM, unless otherwise specified:
Tuesday, December 14 (note change, 2nd Tuesday of the month!) at Kathy Castleton's house: We will discuss favorite Christmas books and stories, rather than all reading a new Christmas book for December. Also, if time, we may discuss other non-book club books we are reading. Optionally, we will bring a plate of cookies to share.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Pat Marshall’s house: Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John (336 pages, paperback) who brought Clarkston, GA, to national attention in 2007 with a series of articles about the changes in the small Southern town brought about by an influx of refugees from all over the world. This book comes out of those articles. It gives more detail about the town and, most particularly, the three soccer teams composed of refugee boys (the Fugees) who were coached by Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman. The book is a sports story, a sociological study, a tale of global and local politics, and the story of a determined woman who became involved in the lives of her young charges. Keeping the boys in school and out of gangs, finding a place for them to practice, and helping their families survive in a new world all became part of her daily life. ***FYI, North Logan Library has 6 copies of this book in their “book club” section.***
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Cathy Hansen’s house: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ( pages, paperback) is set in January 1946. Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—no ordinary book club. Rather, it was formed as a ruse and became a way for people to get together without raising the suspicions of Guernsey’s Nazi occupiers. Written as a series of letters, so begins a remarkable tale of theisland of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (starts at 7 PM instead of 8) at Sandi Smith's house: Food and Books Party: a potluck where we bring food related to some book, eat, and discuss books.