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5 Feb 2020 4:43 PM | Anonymous

We had another successful and fun meeting of the Book Club on January 27. Thanks to Faith Campbell for hosting and providing the yummy appetizers and to Judy Bledsoe for leading the discussion on The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.  CSOC's Book Club was started in January, 2017 and since that time,  we've read and discussed 32 books.  


CSOC book selections for the new several months are:

February 24, 2020

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

A former POW comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man.  When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.  Leni, a 13-year old girl, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family.  Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.  At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers.  In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women.  The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the family’s lack of preparation and dwindling resources.  But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, the family begins to fracture and soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within.  In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in 18 hours of night, they learn the terrible truth, they are on their own, in the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

Host – Pat Van – 1889 Culbertson Ave., Myrtle Beach (571) 723-6989

Discussion Leader – Mary Alice Blackburn

March 30, 2020

The Light Between Oceans – M. L. Stedman

This is a story of right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same.  In 1926 a young lighthouse keeper and his wife are the only inhabitants of Janus Rock, living a quiet life cocooned from the rest of the world.  One morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant and the path of the couple’s lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.  Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they make that day as the baby’s real story unfolds.

Host – Kathy Britt

Discussion Leader – Ginny Villegas

April 27, 2020

Educated – Tara Westover

Tara Westover was 17, the first time she set foot in a classroom.  Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches.  In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter, she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.  Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse and was treated at home with herbalism.  Lacking a formal education, Tara began to educate herself, teaching herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement.  Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Host – Peggy Christie

Discussion Leader – Kathy Britt

May 18, 2020 (Date change due to Memorial Day)

Instead of selecting a book for May, members will give a brief “presentation” on 1 or 2 books they recommend we read, as a group, in the future.

Host – Karen Fitch

Enjoy the read!

Peggy Christie

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