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22 Jun 2019 4:43 PM | Anonymous

I hope everyone enjoyed reading Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.  The book was made into a movie starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger and the library has a few copies of the DVD.  

For July, we'll be reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. 

In 19th century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”).  Some girls were paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives.  They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.  With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily, a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven.  As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood.  The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive.  But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart."

Thanks to Faith for picking up the Snow Flower Book Club Kit from the library.  I have 6 copies of the book and the library also has several - let me know if you need a copy. 

While the Book Club Kits are an option, it's difficult to plan ahead, not knowing if the kit we've selected and reserved will be available.  In addition, several members have said they would like to read newer, current books.  Many of the newer books are available in paperback for about $10 for purchase from Amazon or other sellers online and we can continue to share the books.  I welcome your input on this.

Peggy Christie


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