Fun – but it’s over for now

eyeBut the blog will still be available for you to share your reading while we wait for the next sessions.

Our final Bagels and Books for this season was a really interesting afternoon with lots of good suggestions for future reading.  The group is interested in having this book club continue in the fall and we suggested that perhaps a summer session where we just got together to catch up on what we are reading would be fun.  We are pondering how best to choose locations, subjects, genre’s – etc – to provide the most interest and flexibility so please send along your suggestions.  Current thought now is that we’ll resume in October.

So what did we read?    Lots and many of us read the same books which isn’t surprising.

Out of Africa (Isak Dinesan) tops lots of peoples lists and we had also read many of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series titles (Alexander McCall Smith).  Cutting for Stone(Abraham Verges) and West with the Night( Beryl Markham) and the new fiction book about Beryl Markham Circling the Sun (Paula McLain) also had duplicate readers as did the biography of Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom.  

We did, however, have many titles that were new to most of us.

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder – Burundi

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) – good read but editing would have helped

Disgrace by J. M Coetzee – difficult not to be upset with the main character

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony – who doesn’t love elephants?

Through African Doors – Janheinz Jahn – experiences in West Africa

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonasson Jonas – described as whimsical

Sunday morning, Shamwana – Linda Robinson (many of us remembered hearing her talk about her experiences when she visited the library)

The Calling of Katie Makanya: A Memoir of South Africa – remarkable black woman from South Africa

African Stories by Doris Lessing (also her biographies were mentioned – Under My Skin and Walking in the Shade along with African laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe and Going Home)

Unbowed by Wangari Maathai – a woman who was a strong passionate advocate for  democracy, human rights and the environment  winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Someone knows my name – Lawrence Hill  – story of slaves brought to the US who try to get to Canada

The Constant Gardener – John Le Carre – about drug testing in Africa by western pharmaceutical firms

White Dog Fell From the Sky – Eleanor Morse -set in Botswana but is about an immigrant from South Africa while it was under apartheid.

An excellent introduction to Africa South of the Sahara is found in the Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant cookbook.

Not about Africa but new books that Lynette thought were worth reading – Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin and The Lightless Sky – Gunwale Passarlay – about a twelve-year-old refugee’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan (she loved this one)

CONFESSION: – after collecting e-mail addresses, I apparently wasn’t able to get the sheet of paper home.   I’ll try again next time.

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