Thursday, February 19, 2009

Last night's bookclub was great!

As you all know, I didn't particularly care for the bookclub's selection this month. It was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. It is a historial fiction but very detailed and it takes a long time to decipher everything and sometimes you have to go back and re-read sections. I hadn't finished it but at some point I think I will after talking with the author. Geraldine Brooks called in from Australia for a telephone interview with us. She is a very likable person. She is down-to-earth, very intelligent, she was a news correspondent for many years in Sarajevo and Bosnia, she's a Mom, wife and very interesting. I had forgotten I read Year of Wonder, which she wrote and liked that. She also wrote March, which won a Pulitzer Prize. I never read that though. She is working on a book right now, which will be title Caleb's Crossing. This will be about the history of Martha's Vineyard in the 1600's. It sounded quite interesting.

Next month's selection is going to be Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. I happen to be currently reading this book, so that works for me! It is a very funny, lovely book. The leader of our bookclub is pretty sure Adriana will be coming to our bookclub next month too! That will be a great meeting.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Joyce said...

That is so neat that you get to discuss the book with the author! I would think that would certainly make everything more interesting. My book club didn't meet in January due to many other commitments, so we will be discussing January's book (Pillars of the Earth) and February's book (My Stroke of Insight) together. I love my book club! It's such fun!! I have to check out the Very Valentine book. Thanks for the tip!

Kay said...

Geraldine called you guys? Holey Moley! That is so incredible! What a thrill for you all and for the author as well. I'm sure she was happy her book was being read so carefully.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I really enjoy reading your book recommendations. They give me some insights into books I wouldn't normally select. Caleb's Crossing sounds interesting.

I wish I could find an interesting club in my area. The mystery club I tried just wasn't right.

Sherri said...

I was really surprised too when I found out Allison (the head of our bookclub) got Geraldine to call us all the way from Australia. There time is so different from ours too I think.

Mary said...

Sherri, that is so great the author called your club! I'm guessing your group will really enjoy Very Valentine after reading such a serious, detailed book as People of the Book. I read your comment about my recently read book and I would say it's probably closer to People but it had some very funny moments. The dry parts (some of which I'm afraid I skimmed) were the various philosophy explanations. It still has me thinking about it though. Love it when books do that. I'm still thinking about Valentine and smiling. I so enjoyed that!

Red lady-Bonnie said...

That must have been a great book club meeting Sherri! I read Year of Wonders and what a well written book and story. I have People of the Book on my TBR shelf. We are going to have an author chat for my next book club and I am excited about it. It will be the first time we are doing this.

I just finished Very Valentine, I hope that you enjoy it. It's a great book. How lucky you are to have Adriana Trigiani visit your book club!!!

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