Friday, October 23, 2009

November Book Club Pick!

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday as our book club met to discuss The Hakawati! For November, we've chosen to read People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.

"When an Australian rare-book conservator named Hanna Heath finds a butterfly wing, a salt crystal, a white hair, and bloodstains in the recently rediscovered Sarajevo Haggadah, a late-medieval illuminated codex of uncertain provenance, she sets out to solve the mystery of the book’s origins. To her disappointment, analysis of the specimens reveals little. 'It’s too bad,' an organic chemist tells her. 'Blood is potentially so dramatic.'

Brooks, beginning where science leaves off, uses Hanna’s finds as entry points to richly imagined historical landscapes peopled by the Haggadah’s creators, protectors, and would-be destroyers—a female Muslim slave in Convivencia Spain, a Jewish doctor in fin-de-si├Ęcle Vienna, an alcoholic priest in seventeenth-century Venice. Their narratives alternate with Hanna’s own, and the final, multilayered effect is complex and moving." ~ from The New Yorker

We'll be meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 7 p.m. in the back room at Farley's. We hope to see you there for some great conversation and light refreshments!

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