FRIENDS BOOK CLUB NEWS
The Friends Book Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. on March 21 to nominate the books for next season. The only "rule" is that you have to have read the book. Our regular meeting time is the 3rd Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA.
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BOOK CLUB NEWS
RICHARD BASS, COORDINATOR
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Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick
Discussion Leader: Sandy Clark
We were just shy of 30 people this month. Welcome snowbirds! Sandy began the discussion quoting from a glowing 2010 review in The Washington Post: “Nothing to Envy conveys the emotional riptides and overall disintegration of stopped factories, unpaid salaries and piled-up corpses. Animals that might have provided food disappeared; even frogs were hunted to near extinction. Only the propaganda never let up. The book's title comes from a North Korean song called "We have nothing to envy in the world.”” After an enlightening history of Korea’s split after World War II, Barbara Demick, Beijing bureau chief for the L. A. Times, tells the story of six out of the 100 defectors she interviewed in South Korea.
Readers talked about the defectors that affected them the most. Readers noticed that women seemed to be more entrepreneurial and resourceful than men. Three-quarters of the defectors were women…why? Could it be that 25% of the men were in the military for a 10-year draft? Could it be that women had the responsibility of finding food? Maybe it was that Barbara Demick told the story of more women than men. Once in South Korea, defectors had a difficult time assimilating. Defectors expressed guilt at not being able to keep family members safe; many had to leave family members behind. Discussion led to issues in our own country: incarceration rate, hunger, poverty.
Conditions in North Korea were horrendous, inhumane, and heart-breaking. Yet readers generally glowed over this title as well-written and informative, compared to the devastating emotion of A Fine Balance which we discussed in September. Readers were grateful to have read the book, knowing nothing about North Korea; many said they would not have picked it up otherwise. Readers expressed gratitude to be living in the United States, all the while realizing how we must be continually vigilant to discover the truth from our media. Thank you, Sandy!
Join us February 21, 2014, for a discussion of Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson, a page-turning psychological thriller.
Book Club Schedule 2013-2014
September 20, 2013
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Book Discussion Leader: Irene Tritel
October 18, 2013
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Book Discussion Leader: Richard Bass
November 15, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Book Discussion Leader: Mary Barlow
December 20, 2013
Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co: A Road Novel With Literary License by Maria Amparo Escondon
Book Discussion Leader: Peggy Meyer
January 17, 2014
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Book Discussion Leader: Sandy Clark
February 21, 2014
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Book Discussion Leader: Irene Tritel
March 21, 2014
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Book Discussion Leader: Moira Johannesen
Join us at 1 p.m. to nominate books for next season. The only "rule" is that you have to have read the book.
April 18, 2014
The Woman Behind The New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance and the Minimum Wage by Kirstin Downey
Book Discussion Leader: Ann Kepcke
May 16, 2014
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Book Discussion Leader: Derry Levy
June 20, 2014
House of Earth by Woodie Guthrie
Book Discussion Leader: Ginger Semple-Schneider