September Meeting, 2014

The book: Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey.

Day and time: September 27 at 6 pm.

Dinner: You favorite dish/meal

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The Natural History Museum Web site: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Some interesting quotes from the book:

To more you know about nature, the more you see, and this is enriching.

The Natural History Museum is, the first and foremost, a celebration of what time has done to life.

I believe profoundly in the importance of museums; I would go as far as to say that you can judge a society by the quality of its museums. 

A life accumulates a collection: of people, work and perplexities. We are all our own curators .

There is a close relationship between scientist, curator and librarian. Like the “algal” partner in lichen, all three are capable of independent existence. But working together in the Museum environment, the different virtues of all three partners produce something greater than any individual could on his or her own.  The scientists might have the kind of manic devotion to research … but without a great library the work might not have the depth that makes a classic; the curator for his part is vital in ensuring that the contribution is there for posterity, and for other students.

The end of all this is to open humankind’s eyes and hearts to the joy of our world’s biological richness, from microbe to mastodon. From Selaginella to Sequoia. The means is to continued discovery, unraveling the Tree of Life, and describing the fascinating biographies of a million organisms. Every species on Earth has its story to tell. But the first stage will always be the naming of names.

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August Meeting

The book: Empire of the Summer Moon by S C Gwynne

Date: Saturday evening 8/16/2014 at 6pm

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It is story of America’s manifest destiny colliding with native Americans who were very powerful warriors. Below is a link to some programs at the Fort Worth Library about this part of Texas history. One of the presentations is by the great grandson of Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief:

Comanche Nation: The Story of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker at: http://fortworthtexas.gov/library/info/default.aspx?id=101296

There are some more interesting programs and exhibits that deepen the understanding of Comanche history and culture at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center at: http://www.comanchemuseum.com/mission_history

Also, I am posting the link to the article “Showdown at Waggoner Ranch” by Gary Cartwright. Thanks to Peggy. It gives some details about the Waggoner Ranch, association of the Waggoners and Quanah Parker: http://www.texasmonthly.com/content/showdown-waggoner-ranch?fullpage=1

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July Meeting

The book: Possession by A.S. Byatt.

The book club meeting was held on July 19th at the beautiful lake house.

Here is an interesting review of the book “Unearthing the Secret Lover” by Jay Parini from the New York Times Wine Book Club.

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June Meeting

The book: Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. Friday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

The dinner: French/German/American cuisine

Irène Némirovsky was a French novelist. She was born on February 11, 1903 in Kiev, Ukraine and tragically died on August 17, 1942 in Auschwitz, Poland.

Some quotes from the book:

How sad the world is, so beautiful yet so absurd…

“Paris had its sweetest smell, the smell of chestnut trees in bloom and of petrol with a few grains of dust that crack under your teeth like pepper. In the darknes the danger seemed to grow. You could smell the suffering in the air, in the silence. Everyone looked at their house and thought, “Tomorrow it will be in ruins, tomorrow I’l have nothing left.

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Summer Schedule

June: Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. Friday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

July: Possession by A.S. Byatt, July 19th at the lake house.

August: Empire of the Summer Moon by Samuel C. Gwynne.

 

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May meeting

The book: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The dinner: Comfort food

Pictures from the meeting:

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Some quotes from the book:

Women are weak, but mothers are strong.”

“We forgot about Buddha. We forgot about God. We developed a coldness inside us that still has not thawed. I fear my soul has died. We stopped writing home to our mothers. We lost weight and grew thin. We stopped bleeding. We stopped dreaming. We stopped wanting?

Iyo left with an alarm clock ringing from somewhere deep inside her suitcase but did not stop to turn it off. Kimiko left her purse behind on the kitchen table but would not remember until it was too late. Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day.”

Every evening, at dusk, we began burning our things: old bank statements and diaries, Buddhist family altars, wooden chopsticks, paper lanterns, photographs of our unsmiling relatives back home in the village in their strange country clothes.”

 

 

 

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Just for fun

Do you agree with that?

 

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Choice of Books

We have a choice of books for our meetings:

May meeting:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka or Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick.

June meeting: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, or The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.

August meeting: Empire of the Summer Moon  by Samuel C Gwynne or Brownsville by Oscar Cesares.

Thank you for all suggestions!

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April Meeting

Book coverThe Book Club is reading “As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Escape from a Siberian Labor Camp and His 3-Year Trek to Freedom” by Josef M. Bauer.

Here is the color map of Clemens Forell’s journey:

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The Book Club Name

Please, remember to vote for the book club name. Here are suggestions we have:

  • Literary Feast
  • Reader’s Feast
  • Eat, Read, & be Merry
  • Readable Feast
  • Greater Birmingham Lady Book Club
  • Book Rendezvous
  • In Libris Libertas
  • Biblio Feast Club
  • Happy Feast with Books
  • The Dinner Table Book Club
  • Dining  Book Club
  • Gourmet Readers
  • The Victorian – Millenial Crone Club
  • The Baba Yaga / Glenda the Good Literary Society
  •  A Moveable Feast
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