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Hello all!

Sorry it's been too long, since a book club check in. Darcey, thank you for initiating a discussion. We needed a good jump start. So, the plan for March/April was to read "Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance". I don't know if everyone was able to find it though. I have a copy and am not too far in yet. Powerful so far, wow. How about you all?

It sounds like everyone is reading interesting books, and wants to discuss. Maybe what we should do is create posts, titled for the books read, and then we can all comment on them as we read them. That way the discussion can go on for as long as we wish. Like a thread discussion.

So for example, K-lee could start a discussion post in the Book Club titled "The Case for the Exploding Mangos", and then everyone who has read it can comment. Darcey, if you wanted to, you could start a thread for the Vagina Monologues (as you mentioned in the last post that you just read). Or, I could also create a list of books that have been read "Half the Yellow Moon", "No Woman, No Cry", etc. and create posts, and then everyone who wishes to comment can do so. And the discussion can live on as we all read.

I know that Joan, in Kenya just received "Half the Sky". It took over 2 months to get there, but she finally received it. Yay!! And Nusrat and Khushbu received it somewhat recently also. I am sure they all will want to discuss the book when they finish.

I've heard "The Blue Sweater" is phenomenal. Let's see, what else...
There are some new books on the World Pulse Arts/Books page:

A Woman Among Warlords sounds interesting

There's quite a few books on the Arts/Books page that would be great reads.

I have heard "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson is incredible. Not written by a woman, but definitely pertinent to global issues, education, poverty reduction, and empowerment.

I came across "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder, and it sounds amazing.

I feel like our book shelf is growing, and it's exciting to know that we have all been reading and now have more books to discuss. Maybe the ongoing book discussions are a better idea for the book club. Not to say, we don't continue having specific books for the bi-monthly list, just that the past books stay "alive" in the book club discussions. What do you all think? Comments, ideas, input... What would you like to read?

Hope you are all well, and are in the middle of a great book!



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A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Hi Jodi! So good to hear from you! I read Three Cups of Tea quite a while ago. I loved it. Of course Pakistan is a favorite place of mine so it was especially interesting to me. I have been a fan of Greg Mortensen ever since and support his work as best I can when I can.

I also had read No Woman, No Cry. As I was a fan of his and the music at one time, I had no idea of "behind the scenes." Good to read his wife's point of view and experiences.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes also takes place in Pakistan and in the Pakistani Military at that. It is a novel and the main character is very funny. Different chapters are from different characters point of view. Very well written. Also very informative about many aspect of that culture. I loved it and couldn't put it down.

I would love to hear comments from anyone else who has read this book. Again, it is a novel. Enjoy!

K-lee 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

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I can't tell you how much I

I can't tell you how much I loved the book. That dark humour is absolutely amazing. I wish I could write like that.



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Suggestions for books

I actually run my own personal book club in San Francisco called Women of the World Book Club and if you want to check out a list of books we read you can visit my blog: - we just recently read Half the Sky and before that A woman among warloards, which I highly recommend!!!

I love the idea of just posting titles of discussions and have everyone contribute to the book that everyone has read...

All the best,

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book club

Hi Katherine,

Thank you for your suggestions and support! I checked out your blog, it's really great. Are you reading anything currently? I am definitely interested in reading "A Woman Among Warlords".
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas in the future.

warm regards,

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That is really a good idea

That is really a good idea Jody, I had tired this by writing about our first book Daughter of the East but didn't repeat because of the poor response.

Do it soon. I am reading Half the Sky. It is such a wonderful book. The timing of the reading is apt as well. Presently I am trying to understand some gender issues of my culture because of some personal experiences. It couldn't have come at a better time.


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do it again

Nusrat dear,

Thank you for your comments.I'm so glad that you have the book "Half the Sky" and am so interested in your perspectives. I do truly believe that we will discuss them face to face some day. It brings such joy to my heart, to know that you received the book, through an amazing book club friend. This book club is definitely a work in progress.I have no instruction manual on how to lead an online bookclub forum, and I think this is a rather new idea. A great new idea.

I thought " Daughter of Destiny"/ "Daughter of the East" was so powerful, and I will write a response to your post. I still am not sure how to put into words the power of Benazir Bhutto's life story. I was so moved by her life story.

So, for the book club details...I am not saying that we should re-think the whole book club at this moment, but yes maybe an online book discussion forum is a more realistic idea. We all read the books we can, and have bi-monthly readings, and post our thoughts as we are able to. I will do my best to facilitate this book club connection, as I can. It brings me the utmost joy to know that somehow, it is possible to share books and ideas with each other. I am so amazed and inspired by the women in our community that have strived to connect with each other, and make efforts of sharing and receiving books.

I will make it a priority to organize the book club in a way that is more of an on-going discussion of our highlights, thoughts, experiences and perspectives for each book. There is no need to confine our discussion to the monthly allotted time. I think that a "live" on going discussion is a better idea, and more true to this situation.

Let's keep doing it again. Books that leave an imprint, are by far more lasting that a 2 month time frame. I'll spend some time trying to organize. I was thinking that I will create posts for each book we've had on the list so far, and then please post, or re-post. Our book club is alive! It is so incredibly important to hear each other's perspective's. We are here to share ideas and life experiences. And to read.

Hope you are well sister.

Much love,

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