Our March book club meets today, March 21st from 2-4p, and tomorrow, March 22nd from 7-9p, to discuss Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. The book club is open for everyone so please come join us, even if you have not read the book.
Next months book will be Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. We will meet on Wednesday, April 18th, and Thursday, April 19th.
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening — until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
“One approaches the final pages with a heavy heart for several reasons, not the least of which being that this fine read has come to an end.” — Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“Patchett doing what she does best — What gives this novel its power is Patchett’s flair for sketching the subtleties of her characters’ behavior.” — New York Times Book Review
“The most romantic novel in years. A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Patchett’s tragicomic novel — a fantasia of guns and Puccini and Red Cross negotiations — invokes the glorious, unreliable promises of art, politics, and love.” — The New Yorker
“Bel Canto invites readers to explore new and unfamiliar territory, to take some emotional risks rather than stand with Rolland among those ‘already saved.’” — Chicago Tribune