Reading club on its third year

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A column by Editor Rebecca Cassell

By Becky Cassell, Editor


If you enjoy reading, why not give the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group a try?

The group meets once every three months to discuss a book. We know that everyone has busy lives, and that's why we decided to meet just four times a year. But we have a great discussion on those four days.

Our last book was "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof" by Kentucky author Sheila Williams. An interesting read, the story was about a woman who decided to make a major change in her life by moving alone across the country.

And the group's next book choice is also by a Kentucky author - Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna."

Here's some information about the book from Kingsolver's website:

"Kingsolver takes readers on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.

"Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic, imperious artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his lifelong friend. When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky, an exiled political leader fighting for his life, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, newspaper headlines and howling gossip, and a risk of terrible violence.

"Meanwhile, to the north, the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption."


Want to join us?

If you enjoy a good book and would like the chance to talk to others who have read the same book, we'd love to have you join us.

With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group meets in January, April, July and October. There is no membership or mandatory attendance. It's just a group of people getting together to talk about books.

Elaine Munday, librarian at Taylor County Public Library, says she will obtain several copies of the group's book selections. We also hope that those who buy the books will read them and pass them on to a friend, which will allow even more people to join in the fun.

If you're interested in joining us and want to be added to our newsletter, just drop me an e-mail at editor@cknj.com.

Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the extension office.

We hope to see you there.