Book Club Ideas
The morning after Julia’s graduation from law school, her Burmese-born father, a prominent Wall Street attorney, disappears. Weeks later Tin Win’s passport is found near the Bangkok airport.
Four years have passed since Tin Win’s disappearance and Julia is practicing law in New York City when she discovers a shocking letter among her father’s papers.
This is a story of an elaborate birthday party gone wrong. The host is an unappreciated Vice President of a poor South American country. The birthday boy is a powerful businessman from Japan. The entertainment is a mesmerizing soprano that wins the heart of all who hear her sing.
When terrorists crash this party, the evening and the lives of everyone present will forever change.
Juliet by Anne Fortier is the story of a grad school drop out drawn to Shakepeare summer camps who inherits a key when her aunt passes away. The key takes her on a journey to Siena, Italy where she discovers the truth about her ancestors and her own past.
40 something WF seeks special group to share fun filled evening. Must love books, food and Irish music. Ah, the age of personal ad dating. Sarah Hurlihy is a barely 40 DWF, whose meddling sister, Carol, writes up an ad for Sarah and puts it in the personals. Sarah finally answers one of the ads and decides to meet John Anderson at a dog park. She borrows her brother’s dog, Mother Teresa, and looks for someone who resembles Harrison Ford. And with that the crazy new love life of Sarah Hurlihy begins.
Bethia Mayfield, a Puritan colonist, and Cheeshahteaumauk (later christened Caleb) of the Wampanoag tribe, meet as children and form a secret friendship. Caleb’s Crossing is inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665.
Carrie McClelland, a historical fiction author, is having difficulty with her current novel until she travels to the Scottish coast and begins to write profusely. She finds out everything she has written actually occurred 300 years ago.
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot tells the story of the woman whose cells have contributed to numerous medical breakthroughs without the knowledge or consent of her or her family. This book is also about the family Henrietta left behind and how they have dealt with knowing that part of their mother continues to thrive despite her death.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, set in the 1920’s, is the partly fictional/partly factual account of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Elizabeth Hadley Richardson and their life together in Paris among other British and American expatriates. The bohemian lifestyle of these expats led Gertrude Stein to dub them the “Lost Generation.”
The Paris Wife is movingly told in Hadley’s voice from her first meeting of Ernest, their courtship and wedding, life abroad, the birth of their son, and the painful unraveling of their marriage.
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran tells the story of sisters, Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, who flee Iran on the eve of the Islamic Revolution, settle in a little Irish village, and set up a Persian café against the bitter opposition of the town bully.
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