Nancy Horan Night

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Big thanks and a great evening to everyone who could make it last night to listen to Nancy Horan speak on her new book Under the Wide and Starry Sky.  We’re going to have to start rating our visits because she was a pure delight.  Approachable, kind and informative, I think it’s safe to say most of us could have listened to her all night.

Nancy Horan is best known for her 2007 novel Loving Frank, which chronicles a little-known chapter in the life of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his client, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Loving Frankremained on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year. It has been translated into sixteen languages, and won the 2009 James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction, awarded by the Society of American Historians.

Her new novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, explores the unlikely relationship of Robert Louis Stevenson and his spirited American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. Horan aims to understand the past by interpreting and portraying the impact of real events on the lives of real people. Stevenson has been credited with a wise observation: “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” The author is interested in how her characters arrive at the banquet, and how they deal with the results of their choices.

A native Midwesterner, Nancy Horan was a teacher and journalist before turning to fiction writing. She lived for 25 years in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where she raised her two sons. She now lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky will be published in January, 2014.

Jeannette Walls!

The Page Turners were off again, this time to meet the author Jeannette Walls introduce her new book The Silver Star.  Thanks Jeannette for being so open and inviting.  Loved meeting you and hearing your stories.jeanette2 jeanette1 teds

The Book Club Play

Author Charles McNair before The Book Club Play. He gave us an almost exclusive reading from his new book, which will be released at the Decatur Arts Festival this Saturday. His previous book, Land O Goshen, was nominated for a Pulitzer.

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Old and New Business

Hello Page Turners,

Thanks to Cathy for hosting us and Juanita for a good discussion that brought out a lot of interesting topics! We missed those of you who couldn’t join us!

The book Four of a Kind started with 6.2 rating, and ended with a 6.9. If we had given first and second place based on our votes throughout the year, first place would have gone to The Aviator’s Wife, and second place to Defending Jacob. Voting at the final meeting came up with the following awards:

1st The Aviator’s Wife (Cathy)
2nd The Kitchen House (Elizabeth)
3rd Madame Tussaud (Donna)

Our kick-off meeting for next year will be August 9 – 11. We will be at Jeanne’s lake house on the 10th, and I can’t remember if we decided where to go on the 9th, so if someone could clear that up, please do. We will do a compare and contrast of two books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Dinner by Herman Koch. Cathy will be our discussion leader. (Warning… The Dinner is only available in hardback on Amazon, but not that expensive, and there are 121 holds currently at the Gwinnett County library, so make your plans on how to obtain your copy early!) Come prepared to sign up for the month you want to read and/or hostess, and if you have read anything great over the summer to recommend, bring that list, too.

Two items of business that I realized we didn’t talk about are our extra-curricular activities.

Those of you who are going to the play “The Book Club Play”, it is next Sunday, May 19 at 5:00. If you haven’t gotten a ticket and want to join us, go to www.horizontheatre.com to purchase yours. Right now our play attendees are: me, Jan, Juanita, Lee Ann, and Carole. I will email later this week to make our plans.

For anyone who is interested in going to The High to see the exhibit Girl with a Pearl Earring, stay tuned for more from Jan. The exhibit runs between June 23 and Sept. 29. If you haven’t read the book, you have plenty of time, and it is a great one! Or you can take the easy route and watch the movie.

Have a great summer!

Susan

 

Four of a kind by Valerie Frankel

Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.

As the Diversity Commitee meetings become a highly anticipated monthly ritual, the new friends reveal more with each game. Picture-perfect housewife Bess struggles to relate to her surly teenage daughter and judgmental mother. Robin, a single mom, grapples with the truth concerning her child’s real father. Carla, an ambitious doctor, attempts to balance the colossal demands of her family with her dream of owning her own private practice. And to distract herself from her troubled marriage, shy copywriter Alicia fantasizes about an attractive younger colleague.

Putting all their cards on the table, the four women grow to rely on one another, bracing for one final showdown.Untitled-1Leader: Juanita

Host: Cathy

Time and date: May 9th, 7:30

 

 

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

April 18th book club selection is Home Front by Kristin Hannah.homefront

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own—for everything that matters to his family.

Leader: Jeanne

Hostess: Sheri

Reminder: This month we meet on the 18th.  See you at Sheri’s

The Aviators Wife

Wow, how wonderful to have “skyped” with author Melanie Benjamin.  Our latest read, The Aviator’s Wife is a wonderful book examining the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  Thank you Melanie for taking the time in what seems like a very busy schedule to chat with us and answer many questions.  It was also rewarding to find out we were the first book club to talk with you about this book.  Looking forward to your next read.aviator