Please join our continuing Book Discussions. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. You don’t need to join in for every book discussion; we have people who come because they are interested in a particular book. Please note the following dates and discussion topics. For more information, please contact Sue Young or Donna Dick. All are welcome!
October 19th and 26th we will discuss The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton. In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape. After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leave Mirta Perex’s family in a precarious position she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana she arrives in the Keys.
Next up is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle. This is a period piece about Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Following will be Not on My Watch by Alexandra Morton Alexandra Morton has been called “the Jane Goodall of Canada” because of her passionate thirty-year fight to save British Columbia’s wild salmon. Her account of that fight is both inspiring in its own right and a roadmap of resistance.
Alexandra Morton came north from California in the early 1980s, following her first love–the northern resident orca. Then, in 1989, industrial aquaculture moved into the region, chasing the whales away. Her fisherman neighbors asked her if she would write letters on their behalf to government explaining the damage the farms were doing to the fisheries, and one thing led to another. Soon Alex had shifted her scientific focus to documenting the infectious diseases and parasites that pour from the ocean farm pens of Atlantic salmon into the migration routes of wild Pacific salmon, and then to proving their disastrous impact on wild salmon and the entire ecosystem of the coast. She has used her science, many acts of protest and the legal system in her unrelenting efforts to save wild salmon.