Monday, March 5, 2012

Book Club Love - February and March

If you're not a member of a book club, you are missing something GREAT!  I am a huge proponent of not only reading, but sharing that passion for reading with others and there is hardly a better way than to engage with good friends about the good books you are reading.  My book club began last summer as a way for a group of teachers to get together, get some much needed relaxation all while reading and talking about some great new novels!

We always meet at a location that allows us to sit in a circle so that we can actually DISCUSS the books, something restaurants just don't offer.  We are lucky enough to be near two great wineries so we end up there :)

Last month's (February) reading selections were AWESOME - check them out!


At first Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer, and Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to "know their place." When Emmett's tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing. But what will it cost him to know? Mississippi Trial, 1955 is a gripping read, based on true events that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail. 

Here are some pictures from our most recent meeting - it was a blast!


What's up next for us?  We are getting "WILD" in March:)



1 comment:

  1. nice, nice! looks like your book club is enjoying a lot!