Circling The Sun Book Review

Circling The Sun: Book Review by Arlene
5 out of 5 stars

Review:

The life of Beryl Markham is intricately woven for us in this very readable novel by Paula McLain. Once again, as in The Paris Wife, McLain succeeds in creating a novel, based on the life of a remarkable, complex woman who lived in a time period of history where women were held to a standard below their capabilities and intelligence.

Beryl Markham broke through those bonds on her own terms. She was smart, strong, courageous and defiant because she had to be starting at a very young age. Paula McClain captures her story and grips you all the way through this novel and doesn’t let go. Continue reading “Circling The Sun Book Review”

Circling The Sun Book Club Discussion Questions

Here’s a video of Paula McLain, up close and personal on a conversation about her book Circling The Sun. Also included is a reading of the book and Q & A with the author.

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Discussion Questions

1. Circling The Sun is based on the life of a real person. Do you enjoy reading a novelist’s interpretation of the person’s life in story form or do you prefer a biographical format?

2. Did you think Beryl’s father made the right decisions for her as she was growing up?

3. Did you feel Beryl’s father sort of forced her decision to marry Jock at such a young age leaving her to think “Do I really have a choice at this point?” Continue reading “Circling The Sun Book Club Discussion Questions”

Sweetbitter Book Review

Sweetbitter: Book Review by Arlene.

3.5 stars out of 5 for Sweetbitter

Review:

The broken wine glass on the book jacket cover is the perfect silent opening line of my review.

If you are a lover of good food and wine you might be drawn to read this debut novel by Stephanie Danler.

If you choose to read this book after viewing our intro comments, keep in mind the story line is entirely based through the eyes of Tess, the 22 year old young woman searching for answers to her own life when she leaves her mid west town alone for the mystique and inviting intrigue of New York City in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Review”

Sweetbitter Book Club Discussion Questions

Synopsis:

“You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.”

These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty-two year old narrator of Sweetbitter.

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Paris Wife Book Review

The Paris Wife: Book Review by Arlene

5 out of 5 stars

 

Review:

Imagine, if you can, it is the 1920’s and you are a young impressionable woman. You are at a crossroads in your life and you meet Ernest Hemingway at a party in Chicago before he became famous.

You both fall deeply and passionately in love and there is no looking back.

This was Hadley Richardson a quiet twenty-eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness – This is a quote from the back of the book. Continue reading “The Paris Wife Book Review”

The Paris Wife Book Club Discussion Questions

Please put your comments in for The Paris Wife book club discussion questions below in the comments area.

 

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Discussion Questions:

1. Did you enjoy The Paris Wife, and would you recommend this book?

2. This is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson written from mainly Hadley’s perspective. Knowing that Hadley was the first of the one of four wives, you find her narrative convincing and believable? Were you sympathetic towards her? Continue reading “The Paris Wife Book Club Discussion Questions”

A Spool of Blue Thread Book Review

A Spool of Blue Thread: Book Review by Arlene

4 stars

REVIEW:

” FAMILIES ARE LIKE QUILTS

LIVES PIECED TOGETHER

STITCHED WITH SMILES AND TEARS

COLORED WITH MEMORIES

AND BOUND BY

LOVE.”

These are the words on a plaque I have had hanging in my kitchen for many many years. I believe all families, large and small, could say truer words were never spoken. Continue reading “A Spool of Blue Thread Book Review”

Inferno Book Review

Inferno: Book Review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Summary:

Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in  Florence, Italy and does not how he got there. He has amnesia. The last few days is a total blank.

Doctor Sienna Brooks is taking care of Langdon when a female assassin tries to kill him. With the help of the Sienna, Langdon escapes the assassination attempt. Both flee the hospital and get to safety at Sienna’s apartment. Continue reading “Inferno Book Review”

The Postmistress Book Review

The Postmistress: Book Review by Arlene

3 stars

 

The Postmistress Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

The setting for this novel takes place in the Fall of 1940.

In this day and age of modern technology imagine, if you can, the days of “Snail Mail.”

Imagine the only news of the world you receive is on a radio broadcast if you are lucky enough to even have a radio, or from a newspaper. Continue reading “The Postmistress Book Review”

The Postmistress Book Club Discussion Questions

Please put your comments for The Postmistress book club discussion questions in the comments area below.

1. Did you think this book was well written and at times did you feel yourself “there”?

2. Would you recommend this book to a friend or another book club to read?

3.  Did you find the central characters believable? Continue reading “The Postmistress Book Club Discussion Questions”