Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Members present: Christy, Marie, Sharon (I know! Shocking!), Terrie, Cindi, Gina

Venue: Terrie's house

Menu: chicken and rice casserole, beet and goat cheese salad, fruit salad, Asian salad, cheese and crackers, salted caramel brownies, assorted wines. Recipes available upon request.

Book Discussion

We compared this book to the other Holocaust books we've read--Sarah's Key, The Book Thief. The general consensus was that this was the least depressing of the three, although Marie still didn't read it because she only likes happy books. Cindi pointed out that even if it's painful, we owe it to the people who suffered in the Holocaust to familiarize ourselves with this part of our history.

This lead to a discussion about American Sniper and other movies related to war in the Middle East--Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty. Some of the conversation was admittedly not that deep--like the lack of fashion trends in the Middle East--but most of it was actually pretty meaningful. The ugliness of war, greed, politics. We considered reading the American Sniper biography but decided to lighten things up a bit for our next read.

Noteworthy News

Not a lot of good news, unfortunately. We brought everyone up to date on the relocations that are taking place because of Norfolk Southern closing their Roanoke office. None of us are doing particularly well in the ladder. Gina and Marie had to leave early for a viewing and Sharon was missing her uncle's viewing in order to make it to at least one book club meeting. I honestly can't think of any good news to report, but everyone was in good spirits, nonetheless--what with the food and wine and good company and all.

Next Book:

Our next book will be "The Hypnotist's Wife" by Liane Moriarty--the same author that brought us "What Alice Forgot"--a book club favorite. We needed a light read, and this book really is hilarious. And I'm not just saying that because the main character thinks just like me.

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 23, because Teri Fry will be in town. Location TBD.

Until next time, happy reading and I'll see you on the courts!

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