February Book Club

  • Wed, February 25, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CST)
  • Jennifer LaDuke, 1300 Garden Street

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February Book Club
Meet fun ladies who enjoy wine, chocolates, 
appetizers – and, oh yes, a good book! 

We laugh, we catch up and we discuss the 
plot line, characters, and motives within the 
book.

Join us on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 
from 7 to 10 p.m. at the home of Jennifer 
LaDuke, 1300 Garden Street, as we catch 
up, eat, enjoy a glass (or two or three!) of 
wine and discuss the following book.

Book Selection:
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning 
debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and 
Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd 
gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the 
gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been 
boarded up for decades, but now the new 
owner has made an incredible discovery: 
the belongings of Japanese families, left when 
they were rounded up and sent to internment 
camps during World War II. As Henry looks 
on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to 
the 1940s, at the height of the war, when 
young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion 
and excitement, and to his father, who is 
obsessed with the war in China and having 
Henry grow up American. While 
“scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier 
Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, 
Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese 
American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts,
curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge 
a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that 
transcends the long-standing prejudices of 
their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko 
and her family are swept up in the evacuations 
to the internment camps, she and Henry are 
left only with the hope that the war will end, a
nd that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the 
parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark 
dusty basement he begins looking for signs of 
the Okabe family’s belongings and for a 
long-lost object whose value he cannot begin 
to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still 
trying to find his voice–words that might 
explain the actions of his nationalistic father; 
words that might bridge the gap between him 
and his modern, Chinese American son; words 
that might help him confront the choices he 
made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and 
volatile times in American history, Hotel on 
the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an 
extraordinary story of commitment and 
enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie 
Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose 
story teaches us of the power of forgiveness 
and the human heart.


Join fellow book lovers on the fourth Wednesday of each month for an evening of lively discussion and a glass of wine... or two. New members are always welcome!
October Book Club
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
ANN KERSCHNER'S HOME - 206 N. Washington Avenue


"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

New York Times #1 best seller
 
On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks
 
Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs
 
A mysterious island.
 
An abandoned orphanage.
 
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
 
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehowundefinedimpossible though it seemsundefinedthey may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

All are welcome! Any questions, please contact Gail Haller, cell: 773-510-7191.
Join fellow book lovers on the fourth Wednesday of each month for an evening of lively discussion and a glass of wine... or two. New members are always welcome!
October Book Club
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
ANN KERSCHNER'S HOME - 206 N. Washington Avenue


"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

New York Times #1 best seller
 
On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks
 
Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs
 
A mysterious island.
 
An abandoned orphanage.
 
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
 
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehowundefinedimpossible though it seemsundefinedthey may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

All are welcome! Any questions, please contact Gail Haller, cell: 773-510-7191.
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