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Oct is coming to an end and we still haven't discussed our Sept book yet- yikes!

This is my proposal, I think that we should have a discussion about Daughter of Destiny and No Woman, No Cry at the same time. We could talk about the similarities and differences or talk about them seperately.

This is also a time we can get to know each other better!

I can be the representative for Jamaica, and we need a rep from Pakistan to help facilitate.

I was thinking about Friday November 6th or Saturday November 7th for the discussion. Let me know what times work for you- I am blessed enough to have internet at my home so any time works for me... I will figure out the time differences and if we can get the majority of the group to agree on a time we can have our discussion.

I figure we can do the discussion on skype. If you dont have skype downloaded you can get it at: (it is free).

So let me know if the 6th or 7th of Nov works and what time (you can use your own time zone, give us like a 3-5 hour block to work with).

I figure the disussion will be about an hour and 1/2- 1/2 hour to get to introduce and chat, 1/2 hour for each book discussion or 1 full hour to discuss them together.

I can also draft up a questionnaire if you think this will be beneficial to streamline the discussion.

Let me know in the comments what you all would like.

Much Peace and I look forward to the discussion!


ellen's picture

Starting the conversation

It would be great to have a Skype conversation. I can do it on Nov. 7, but not the 6th. I am available for a call after 2:30 pm East Coast time in the U.S.
If you had some questions to get the conversation going that would be great.

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Nov. 7

Sharese and Ellen,
Great idea- I could do Nov 7th as well.
Let's see how many we can get to join in.
Sharese, can you tell us how to organize the skype call?


Sharese's picture

Nov 7

Ok Nov 7 is looking like the best choice. Hopefully some other people can do that day.

As far as skype goes, make sure you download skype ( then message me your skype name and I will add you. When we log on (on Nov 7 hopefully) I will make a chat that includes all of us!

I have some questions/conversation ideas for No Woman No Cry- I will post those to the journal tomorrow.

We may only be discussing No Woman No Cry because so far there hasn't been anyone who can facilitate the Bhutto discussion. Perhaps we could push back that discussion?

It would be nice if we could get a set date every month (the second Friday or the 6th of every month for example) to discuss. We need consistent participation though!

Sharese's picture

Questions and Date/Time:

Well, Eileen and Laura what do you think we should do?

I can do Nov 7 around 6pm EST. Here are the questions was thinking for No Woman No Cry:

1) How do you feel about the dynamic betwen Rita and Bob?

2) Do you think that Rita was "true to Rita"? If so give some examples of how she kept her autonomy.

3)In Jamaica- as depicted in the book- it is very common for men to "cheat" and have children with multiple women- is this true for your part of the world? How does this make you feel?

4)What is your over-all impression of Rita as a woman?

5) How does the book make you feel about Jamaica? Compare Jamaica to where you are.

6) Can you see some of yourself in Rita? If so- what? If not- why not?

7) How do you feel about the call for women leaders at the end? Do you feel that women leaders are lacking and needed where you live?

I would like to get more people involved in the conversation... Maybe we should try for a later date? I want as many people as possible to participate... Let me know what you think.

Much Peace,


ellen's picture

Starting the conversation

If there are just 3 of us for Saturday it doesn't seem like a big enough group. Perhaps it's best to try to get more people. I think the idea of having a set time for a monthly conversation makes sense. That way people can plan for it. Perhaps that should be the first thing to set up. I do like your questions for No Woman No Cry. My skype ID is epearlma.
Best to you both,

Ellen, Sharese, and all book club members,

Make a skype call each month- proposed second Friday by Sharese?
Find a facilitator by first of the month (hopefully someone from the author's country, if not, that's ok)
Post questions first of the month- Sharese great questions!
Make sure anyone who can't get a book, is sent one.
Get the ball rolling for online responses for NoWoman. NoCry.

I am presently not signed up for Skype...will do that.

Nov. book is:
’Half of a Yellow Sun’, the second novel of writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- correct?
If so, let's seek out a book loving, Nigerian member to lead us. I can do that. Let me know about this.

By the way, Half the Sky, just out, by Nichosas Kristof/Sheryl WeDunn- a powerful read.


ellen's picture

Organizing Book Club

Laura, Sharese and all other book members,

Friday may not be such a good day for a call--especially if the call is in the evening. For some Friday night is a family night. Could we consider Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday instead?

Since we still haven't discussed the September and October books, it looks like we won't get to "Half of a Yellow Sun" until December or so. It all depends when our first call takes place and whether we discuss the September book or both September and October on that call.

I'm assuming we're not having a call this evening at 6pm EST.

I look forward to our first call. An international book club is a very exciting venture and I eagerly await hearing views from all over the world.


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