We had a great discussion this morning in our book club meeting and two new members. I had a lot of fun and am excited about going on to our fourth meeting in April. Thanks, ladies, it’s always a pleasure to talk books with you.
The book selection for March was Paul French’s Midnight in Peking, a fascinating true crime novel about a murder in 1937 of a young British woman in Beijing. The group agreed that that although the mystery was interesting, the best part about this book for us was connecting the Peking of 1937 to the Beijing we know now. Several of us hadn’t noticed that the book included a map of Peking in the endpapers and we spent several minutes poring over it, noticing the places mentioned in the book and also the landmarks that we can still see today. You can download a discussion guide and a guided audio tour of Beijing to go with the novel from the Penguin Publisher’s website: http://www.midnightinpeking.com/book-clubs/.
Our book selection for April will take us to Europe and the US, living the immigrant experience. It is Away, by Amy Bloom. This is the story of a Jewish Russian woman who’s family was destroyed in a pogrom and who flees to the US. There she finds out that her 3-year-old daughter is still alive and so she resolves to walk back to Siberia. Based on a true story, Amy Bloom shares her inspiration in this Amazon video. Click here to download the discussion guide for Away.
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