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Women's Book Club

All ladies are invited to join us for the Women's Book Club. Join our discussion even if you have not
read the book. Sharing opinions and experiences helps us get to know each other. We usually meet in
the Fireside Room at 9:30, Tuesday mornings. Occasionally, we meet at group member homes, or watch
a movie at church or in a theater. Call (858) 748-3304 to verify location and find out what we're reading now.


*   "The Fitzgeralds and the Kenndys: An American Saga" by Doris Kearns Goodwin    
*    Sky of Red Poppies by Zoe Ghahremani.  A One Book, One San Diego pick for 2012
*    A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg., author “Fried Green Tomatoes”
· Great holiday read!
*    Molokai by Alan Brennert  - A “One Book, One San Diego” book selection for 2012. Molokai is a masterpiece
        of storytelling about a people who embraced life in the face of death.
*    If you Ask Me….And Of Course You Won’t by Betty White - From the cover, “If you’d enjoy
        spending a few hours in the company of a very classy, funny, down-to-earth lady who wears her
        success lightly, this is just the ticket.”
*    Worst Hard Times-The American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
*    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Non-fiction. One of our favorites.
*    Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
*    Love Wins by Rob Bell. About heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived.
*    Brave Companions by David McCulloch's collection of short stories about people from American history

*    The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg - A short story by Mark Twain
*    Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd (author of The Secret Life of Bees) and Ann Kidd
*    No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II 
         by Doris Kearns Goodwin
*    House Rules by Jodi Picoult - A fictional story of a mother's love for her austic teenage son.
*    Dear Senator, a Memoir by the Daughter of Senator Strom Thurmond
*    Video play, The Haunting of Jim Crow - Regarding the banning of segregation in public schools.
*    The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le The Diem Thuy. “One Book, One San Diego” 2011 selection.
*    The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels and video interview of the author by Bill Moyers
*    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
*    Committed, A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert
          Author's Website

          Reader's Guide to Committed
*   Walden by Henry David Thoreau. The book and study guide is available at no charge on the
          Internet at
*   Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
*   Outcasts United by Warren St. John

*   The Help by Kathryn Stockett
*   Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
*   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 
          Guernsey islanders tell of life during the German occupation during World War II.
*   The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His
           Theory of Evolution by David Quammen
*   A Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield. Introduction to "Mindfulness Meditation" also known as
          "Loving Kindness Meditation."
*   The Faith Club - Three women, a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian seek understanding.
         Find out more at
*   Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup. A lady chaplain's experiences while working with the
         Maine Search and Rescue Team
*   Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
*   Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
*   Sins of the Scripture by John Shelby Spong
*   It's a Meaningful Life by Bo Lozoff
*   God of all Comfort by Hannah White Smith
*   Idiots Guide to Simple Living by Georgene Lockwood
*   Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
*   Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
*   Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
*   A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
*   When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner
*   Traveling Mercy by Ann Lamont
*   A Grace Eventually by Ann Lamont
*   A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
*   Bake and Be Blessed by Dominic Garramone
*   Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
          by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson
*   A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
*   The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
*   The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
*   Ten Commandments by Emmet Fox
*   The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
*   Left to Tell by Immacule'e Ilibagiza
*   The Zoo Keeper's Wife by Diane Ackernam
*   My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
*   The Shack by William P. Young
*   Can You Drink The Cup? by Henri Nouwen
*   Life of The Beloved by Henri Nouwen
*   Plain and Simple by Sue Bender
*   The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson
*   In The Spirit of Happiness by The Monks of New Skete
*   Lessons from a Sheep Dog by Phillip Keller

MAR  We met at Dee Siltanan's home for brunch and viewed "The Life of Charles Dickens"

FEB   Guest speaker, Zoereh Grahremani, author of "Sky of Red Poppies," one of PBS/San Diego Library's "
One Book, One San Diego" choices for 2012. 

DEC  Brunch at BJ Curtis' home and holiday cookie exchange

JUL   Picnic lunch and tour of the San Diego Botanical Gardens, formerly the
            Quail Botanical Gardens, in Encinitas

APR  Video of Hal Holbrook's interpretation of Mark Twain in, "Mark Twain Tonight."

MAR  We met at Dee Siltanan's home for brunch and discussed "No Ordinary Time."

MAR  We watched the movie "Temple Grandin" about a remarkable woman, an engineer with autism.

JAN   Lunch at Poseidon Restaurant overlooking the ocean in Del Mar 
JAN   Lunch at House on the Hill in Poway.  


DEC   Brunch and cookie exchange at BJ Curtis' home. 
NOV   We watched the movie "Gandhi."

AUG   We enjoyed sharing lunch and the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" with some good friends and their friends.

JUL    We met at Mary Jo Longo's house to help the Queen Mother prepare for her daughter's wedding.
           Later in the month we went back to Mary Jo's for some wedding lasagna (hmmmm good!) and to see 
            the movie "Freedom Writers."
JUN   We met at Mary Jo Longo's home to watch "The Namesake," a story about a first generation
          American trying to find his own identity somewhere between his parent's homeland, Bengali,
          and the sometimes baffling US culture. For more information see the official "Namesake"
          web site at  
APR  We watched Bill Moyers DVD "Amazing Grace, the History of a Song."
          We greeted the preschooler's parents with coffee and baked goodies.

MAR  To supplement our reading of "Outcasts United," we watched a movie, "The Letter," a true story
           about the people of a small town in Maine and how they responded to racist fears following the rapid
           influx of many Somali immigrants.

JAN   Annual brunch at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.



DEC     Brunch and cookie exchange.

NOV     FIELD TRIP Dream Dinners Meal Preparation - 9 meals in two hours! 

NOV     MOVIE: "Amelia," the story of the pilot Amelia Earhart.

SEP      FIELD TRIP to prepare our future meals at Dream Dinners in Poway.

AUG     MOVIE: "The Time Traveler's Wife," lunch and comparison of this movie with "Somewhere in Time." 

AUG     MOVIE:  "Somewhere in Time"

JUL       "Poems from the Women's Movement" by Honor Moore

JUL       MOVIE: Brief discussion of the movie, "My Sister's Keeper," followed by viewing
             the movie, "Seven Years in Tibet."

JUL       FIELD TRIP - We toured the beautiful gardens at the Self Realization Temple,
             939 2nd St, Encinitas, CA. (No admission fee–donations are appreciated.) While there,
             we discussed "Poems from the Women's Movement," stopped for lunch, and returned
             by mid-afternoon.
We hope you will join us for our next
Tuesday morning discussion or a field trip!