Wednesday, May 7, 2008

March 2008

Our first gathering over lunch! As you'll be able to see by the selections that each reader made, it was a wise decision to allow these Bookies to choose their own titles to read and share. Otherwise, I think we would still be squabbling over which book to read!

Karen shared Sudye Cauthen's Southern Comforts: rooted in a Florida Place. ""The Florida I love is perishing," writes Sudye Cauthen, a fifth-generation Floridian born in Gainesville and reared in Alachua County, a place whose boundaries once stretched all the way from the Georgia-Florida line to Port Charlotte Harbor, 100 miles south of Tampa." "Cauthen's journey takes readers down city streets and dirt roads, to her people's tobacco fields and churches. She peers into an aboriginal grave, sifts sand at an archaeological dig for the lost Spanish mission of Santa Fe de Toloca, and everywhere marshals evidence for the primacy of place in determining who we are. One story takes us on a foxhunt; another reveals lingering racial tensions." "Part self-reflection, part meditation, and part social analysis, Cauthen's work threads through stories of Native Americans, blacks, and whites, including her own family members. Through their words and hers, Cauthen explores northern Florida's unique history, culture, and geography while she seeks a greater understanding of herself and her surroundings."--BOOK JACKET.

Jo Ann shared Night by Elie Wiesel. "Elie Wiesel is the internationally celebrated author, Nobel laureate, and spokesperson for humanity whose decision to dedicate his life to bearing witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors found its earliest and most enduring voice in Night, his penetrating and profound account of the Nazi death camps. Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, he was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man." "This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps. Written so that others would understand, written to ensure that the crimes perpetrated not only against Jewish men, women, and children but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, and finally Jewish memory would not be erased from human memory, Night carries the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again."--BOOK JACKET.

Vickie shared Duma Key by Stephen King, which she listened to as an audio book. "A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch." "Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating."--BOOK JACKET.

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