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Book Corner: Book Chef
Jill Weitzen MacDonald | Caminito Del Canto

 

 

My recipie for a book club:

Start with six interesting, inquisitive friends and stir in six more as needed.

Add a love of reading, a lifetime of wisdom, and the willingness to listen, share, support and speak or keep silent as the need arises. Then be sure to mix in the following seasonings: fiction and nonfiction, books from the bestseller list and books that are classics, books that transport you to a distant time, place or culture without ever leaving home.

This is what makes my book club so special. In the past three years we have read books about Hawaii, Egypt, England, Iran, Italy, Mexico and an uninhabited island in the Caribbean. We have traveled through time to read about Cleopatra, the history of San Diego, the leper colony in Molokai, turn of the century New York, and World War II (multiple times from multiple perspectives). We have been fortunate to read books whose authors have attended our book club discussions and to journey to hear authors speak as they pass through San Diego.

Best of all, we have had the companionship of other women throughout this journey who we love, admire and respect. As one member put it: “It’s not the book, it’s the discussion.”

In the last twelve months we have read the following books:

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Sky of Red Poppies by Zoe Ghahremani
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
  • The Indian Lover by Garth Murphy
  • The Ganster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Gilder by Kathryn Kay
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton


 

 

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