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March 29, 2017

Book Club

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson. A gripping account of history that puts a human face on the tragedy Story: Diane Dean Thinking a about a cruise? “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson is not recommended reading while on your cruise. Spoiler alert—the luxury liner Lusitania took its last voyage in May 1915. This book tells the story of the Lusitania’s voyage from…
Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

By Jennifer Chiaverini. An intimate look into life of former slave that spans nearly a century.  Story: Diane Dean In 1868 Elizabeth Keckley wrote an autobiography “Behind the Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House.” Elizabeth bought freedom from slavery for herself and her son and became a modiste. As a modiste she designed and produced fashionable dresses for…
Book Club: ”The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

Book Club: ”The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

Story: Diane Dean This is a favorite of book clubs for discussion. The Bookworm Book Club thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and the way Lisa French and Charlotte Priestner handled the discussion. They set the stage of the French locale with their apparel, which included berets along with little baskets of croissants on our tables. Inside the baskets were the questions for small groups to…

BOOK CLUB: THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

The dramatic story behind the two courageous brothers story: diane dean “Your bags should be stowed overhead or under the seat. Please stow your tray tables and fasten your seat belts.” This is how Patricia Crigler, our facilitator and a former writer for US Airways, prepared us for our discussion on flight. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough was the selection of the month for…
BOOK CLUB: Hissing Cousins

BOOK CLUB: Hissing Cousins

The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth STORY: Diane Dean Politics, personalities, politicians, and families are like the old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a score card.” So Carolyn Ingham started the Bookworm Book Club discussion with a family genealogy tree. The convoluted, intertwined relationships in the book, “Hissing Cousins” took us from the beginnings of “kissing cousins” to the…
BOOK CLUB: The Worst Hard Time—The Untold Story Of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl

BOOK CLUB: The Worst Hard Time—The Untold Story Of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl

STORY: Diane Dean If the high temperatures in Florida are wearing you out, reading “The Worst Hard Time” will give you a reality check on suffering. The Great Depression of the 1930s was tough, yet the majority of settlers in what became known as the “Dust Bowl” endured the hardships of farming during the environmental disaster of a decade-long drought. This cautionary tale could be…
BOOK CLUB: “A Man Called Ove”

BOOK CLUB: “A Man Called Ove”

A Moving, Laugh-Out-Loud Story About A Very Unusual Man! How does a book by a Swedish author about a judgmental, impatient curmudgeon governed by strict routine and thinks he is surrounded by idiots become an international bestseller? Fredrik Backman, in his debut novel, has taken this anti-hero, Ove, and delivered a delightfully entertaining and often hilarious book. Ove’s beloved wife, Sonja, died and all he…
Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic

A tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of a president. The scene is the Republican National Convention and the Republican Party is sharply divided into two warring factions. After two days of voting and 35 ballots, none of the eight candidates received enough votes to win the party’s nomination for President of the United States. No, this is not 2016, but Chicago, 1880. The…
BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

As the summer of 1961 begins in New Bremen, Minnesota, 13-year-old Frank Drum and his younger brother Jake are about to attend the funeral of their young friend, Bobby Cole, who was killed while playing on the railroad tracks. Bobby Cole’s death is the first of a series of deaths that fateful summer which Frank recounts for us some 40 years later. Frank and Jake…
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