Simply Books! June Meeting

Officially, our Simply Books! adult book group is on hiatus for the summer.  Unofficially, everyone still wants to get together to share books!  We’re only too happy to accomodate our book group members.

Three of our regulars met on Sunday, June 12th to share what they’re reading.  Please find the titles and reviews below!  (You can also access these titles by going to our staff Shelfari page–each book group pick has “Simply Books!” in the review area)

Simply Books! June 2011:

1. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou.

This is the fourth book in the author’s autobiographical series. Starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting Merry Like Christmas, this book covers the time span of 1958-1962.  The story tells of her experience as an African-American woman, battling both racism and sexism, and becoming an activist who is very involved in the civil rights movement.   Through her activism she meets and then marries Vusumi Make, an African freedom fighter.  She follows her husband to Africa, tries to be a good African wife, but begins to realize her marriage typifies the  sexist, patriarchal values she had experienced earlier in life: no standing, no power.  A jolting reality check, a book with magnetic appeal.

2.  Blood, Bones, and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the owner and chef of New York?s Prune Restaurant. Hamilton’s memoir covers her early years as the youngest of five siblings in a chaotic, creative family, a troubled adolescence and an adult search for meaning through cooking.  Brilliantly written, honest, gritty and unflinching-yet profoundly lyrical.

3.  Life’s Journey According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers.

A collection of inspirational quotes, lyrics and anecdotes, this book has potent passages of the importance of self love and acceptance. Fred Rogers was a gentle man, but with a backbone of steel. He stood by his principles that he believed in and resisted pressures to “quicken the pace” of his well loved children’s show.  We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.

4.  The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen.

This is the story of Milly and Twiss, two rather elderly sisters living together in a  small town in Wisconsin. The sisters have spent their lives nursing birds and people back to health, This is also the story of the set of circumstances that change their lives forever, moving from the present to the past as we learn of how these sisters become the Bird Sisters. This is a story of relationships and heartbreak and sacrifice.  Wonderfully written!

5.  Old Maine Woman by Glenna Smith.

Great stories of life in Maine from an old Maine woman.

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