Circling The Sun: Book Review by Arlene
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”
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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 by Arlene.
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”
The Paris Wife: Book Review by Arlene
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”
Please put your comments in for The Paris Wife book club discussion questions below in the comments area.
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 by Arlene
” FAMILIES ARE LIKE QUILTS
LIVES PIECED TOGETHER
STITCHED WITH SMILES AND TEARS
COLORED WITH MEMORIES
AND BOUND BY
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 by Arlene.
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 by Arlene
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”
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”