Voracious Readers – April and May 2017

April 2017

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White is a rather quick read that kept us interested in the mystery of the ghost-inhabited house. We shared some of our own opinions/anecdotes about these visitations from the other side. 🙂 We were glad to see the characters work through their pasts and find themselves in happier situations.  Those of us who have been to Charleston enjoyed re-visiting this setting. Several attendees preferred our previous Karen White selection On Folly Beach.

May 2017

I think that it is safe to say that we all appreciated reading Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, a very moving historical novel about WWII and the inhumane treatment of prisoners in Ravensbruck concentration camp.  One Book, One Community in York County picked Wein’s book for 2017 and  Ruth Ann brought in the posters from the York County study of this book. It is so meaningful to put faces to these unfortunate women.  Visit Wein’s website and look under the tab Resources to see more about the story behind her novel.

From the unbelievably cruel treatment of the Polish “Rabbits” to the beatings, cold, starvation, and subsequent PTSD, we were once again appalled by these experiences. On a more positive note, I really enjoyed Wein’s use of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay as the main character finds comfort in it as well as creating her own.   The strength that these women drew from their common hardships and new friendships was also very inspirational.

We enjoyed coming upon occasional references to Central Pennsylvania/Hershey based on the author’s living here for a while during her childhood.

Those of us who also read Wein’s Code Name Verity, the first book of this series, found it to be equally powerful as it followed another woman pilot who was captured and cruelly treated by her interrogators in France.

The Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except December, at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.  Summer/early fall reading:

June 27 – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
July – The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
August – The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
September – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
October – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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