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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

September 9, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

On July 16-17, 1942, thousands of French police, in collaboration with the Nazis, gathered up 12,884 Parisian Jews, including children, in one of the most brutal and overt deportation operations orchestrated by the Nazi regime.
The police come for ten year old Sarah Starzynsksi and her parents in the middle of the night during what has come to be known as the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. Sarah, in her panic to protect her younger brother, makes a fateful decision.
“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana

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Honolulu by Alan Brennert

July 9, 2011 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

“In Korea in those days, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but were instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents’ feelings on the birth of a daughter: I knew a girl named Anger, and another called Pity. As for me, my parents named me Regret.”

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

May 31, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

April 4, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

“I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”
Ernest Hemingway

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A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

March 17, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

During WWI in the trenches of the Somme, five wounded French soldiers are reported “killed in the line of duty.” Mathilde, fiancée of Manech, one of the five, does not accept the official report, and in her attempt to reconstruct the days leading up to Manech’s reported death, she discovers things are not quite what they seem.

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

January 21, 2011 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

When her parents die on the ship from Ireland, young Lavinia is taken in as an indentured servant at the plantation of the captain. The slaves become her family. When she is taken to the city, she wants nothing more than to return to the plantation and her family. However, when she does, everything has changed.

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The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

October 25, 2010 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent is set in the 17th century and deals that period of mass hysteria and religious extremism which resulted in accusations of witchcraft, the resulting imprisonment of about 150 people, including children, and the hanging deaths of fourteen women and five men. The Heretic’s Daughter is told through the knowing eyes of ten year old Sarah, daughter of accused witch, Martha Carrier.

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My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

October 14, 2010 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

My Name is Mary Sutter is a book about a well-respected midwife who dreams of being a surgeon in the Civil War era. She gets her chance at an overcrowded Union hospital where she is given the opportunity to assist with amputations when no one else with medical training was available. Her determination and skill win the respect and love of the doctors who were reluctant to believe in her.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

September 13, 2010 | by Lori | book club party ideas

This book was chosen for our very first book club party. It brought family and friends together for one night of strengthening our minds, renewing our bounds and nourishing our bellys. This party went on way past any of our bedtimes but it was worth every yawn. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

August 10, 2010 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown, is the hotel at the corner of bitter and sweet. In 1986, Henry Lee hears that the belongings of 37 Japanese families interned during WWII are found in the basement of the Panama Hotel. This event sends Henry, a Chinese-American, on a journey back to the 1940s when his best friends were a Japanese-American named Keiko Okabe and a local Jazz musician named Sheldon. Henry was 12 years old and was struggling with his relationship with his father, his feelings for Keiko and the events taking place in wartime Seattle.

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

June 6, 2010 | by Annie | book club party ideas

In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie two young boys, the narrator age 17, and his best friend, Luo, age 18, are sent to a remote village in the mountainous Szechuan region of China in the 1970’s as part of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution of China vilified intellectuals. Schools were closed and many of the educated-class were imprisioned or sent to live in the country for hard manual labor and re-education by the peasant-class. The two exiled friends meet the Little Seamstress, a young illiterate peasant girl, and, ironically, discover a secret cache of Western literature, which has a profound affect on both boys and the Little Seamstress.

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