We keep meeting like this: the Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday October 30th at 3 pm. Our selected book was Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh.
Okay, it wasn’t our favorite of all the books we’ve read as a group. We did find the themes to be interesting: colonialization in Kenya, the Mau Mau uprising, African settlers in the 1950’s, and living in a compound an hour from the next house. Our challenge with the book was that it was depressing. The lead character is nineteen, naïve, mistreated by grandparents, stepmother, and a military officer, and trying to “come home” to a world that has changed dramatically in six years. There was some relief at the end when she prevailed to some degree due to the kindness of friends. We appreciated the postscript that with a perspective by the author and a summary of the Mau Mau rebellion.
We selected Less by Andrew Sean Greer for our next book, which we will discuss on Tuesday, November 27 at 3 pm at Nora’s house.
Sometimes the best part of a book club meeting is the discussions not about the book. We heard about trips to the East Coast and beautiful, falling leaves, and outdoor sports. We were thrilled to find out that a neighbor knows the author, Kristin Hannah, of our prior book, The Great Alone. We now fantasize about the author coming to one of our meetings. One member entertained us with her description of a one-week solo adventure on Amtrak—while reading the book for the meeting, of course. She even posed for us in her Amtrak regalia.
Since we only discuss fiction in our book club, we’ve started listing in the minutes any non-fiction books we’ve read and recommend. Although not discussed at the meeting, we have one recommendation:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
If you want to join this fun group, please contact:
Nora Nicosia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarissa Cervantes at email@example.com or
Kay Barancik at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: reading the book is not a requirement for attending…
See you Tuesday, November 27th at 3 pm at Nora’s house.