Changes in the Chapter

Last weekend we had a social at Mike and Donna’s house.  There was great food and plenty of time to talk to each other.  (We apologize to those who didn’t get the invite to the social and will make sure it comes across our yahoo email list next time.)  It was a perfect summer evening for a few special announcements.

The chapter presidency has changed from me (Chelle) to Karen. Woo-hoo, thank you Karen for stepping up.  It’s good to change our leadership every so often because everyone brings something new to the position adding more to the chapter.  It keeps a chapter healthier.

I’m now taking the treasurer’s spot.  Many, many thanks to Kathy for being the treasurer for so many years.  She held the spot in the best of times and in the worst times to keep the chapter going.  Bless you Kathy, we appreciate beyond words.

Here are some pictures from the dinner the other night.

Robin and Helen

Robin and Helen

Fred, Kathy and Karen

Fred (Kathy’s husband), Kathy and Linda 

Don, Karen and Donna

Don, Karen and Donna

Don and his wife.

Don and his wife, Marian.

Mike and Karen's husband

Mike and Karen’s husband Chris

Karen, our new president. I gave her a tiara to go with the new position.

Karen, our new president. I gave her a tiara to go with the new position.

Table view

Table view

HLAA-SLC Book Club July 12

Join us Saturday July 12 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Sanderson Center in classroom C for the HLAA-SLC book club.  Our meeting is fully accessible with the hearing loop, receivers available for those without T-coil in their hearing aids and CART.

Each month we let a different member choose a book. Our past books have been:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safron Foer
The Horse Whisper by Nicolas Evans
The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

As you can see, there is a variety of books and genres we explore. The book we will be reviewing July 12th is “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb which is on Oprah Winfrey’s book club. I’m halfway through the book right now and I think it’s going to create a lot of discussion.

She's Come Undone

She’s Come Undone

Here are the questions we will be going over:
1. How does Dolores’ life parallel her mother’s and how does she ultimately triumph and move beyond her tie to her mother’s failures?

2. Discuss the significance of water in the novel – as a symbol of both Dolores’ breaking points and eventual recovery.

3. How is religion, particularly Catholicism, treated in the novel? Is it a legitimate source of strength or simply another crutch to avoid dealing with the real problems in Dolores’ family?

4. Death, in many forms, frequently occurs in the novel. What is the impact of death on Dolores and is she ever able to move beyond the initial tragedy of her baby brother’s death?

5. Throughout her life, no matter where she is, Dolores always feels like on outsider. What perspective of reality dictates her actions – is Dolores misguided or is she a victim of her circumstances?

6. How is Dolores’ sexuality used to reflect her voyage in society Is her path in life guided by her dysfunctional relationships with men, beginning with her father, or are the men in her life simply potholes in her quest to search for her identity?

7. Dolores’ earliest memory revolves around the day her family received their first television set. Discuss the prevalence of popular culture in the novel, both in the shaping of Dolores’ identity and the world she lives in.

8. Whether talented or not, many characters in the novel express themselves through some form of art. Does “art imitate life” or does “life imitate art,” and how is art used to give life to the characters and their emotions?

9. Dolores frequently encounters people in her life who mirror family members who have disappointed her over the years. What is the role of the family and how does Dolores ultimately compensate for her losses through her relationships with caring outsiders?

10. Dolores is both adored and loathed for her unconventional appearance. How is body image treated in the novel and how does it affect Dolores’ growth and placement in society. Is her problem with social assimilation unique to her experience or a symptom of our society’s definition of beauty?

11. Discuss the significance of Dolores’ mother’s flying leg painting. Her mother is killed before she really gets a chance to fly — what facilitates Dolores’ ability to finally accept her mother’s failures and create her own wings to fly towards a better future?

12. Much of the attention of She’s Come Undone has focused on a male writer’s ability (or inability) to write authentically in the voice of a female character. What other male fiction writers of the present and/or the past have experimented with women’s “voices’? What female writers have written in the voice of males? Is it appropriate for fiction writers to give themselves such “gender-bending” assignments? Is it politically correct? Is it a more socially acceptable task for writers of one gender than for the other?

13. Wally Lamb has described “good literature” as writing that explores the imperfections of the world and “kicks readers in their pants, shakes them out of their complacency about a world that needs fixing.” Do you agree or disagree with this definition? How does it apply to She’s Come Undone?

Even if you didn’t finish the book come on in as it’s bound to be a lively discussion. Or pop in and check us out, we’d be glad to have you.

March Book Club

Have you ever wanted to attend a book club but didn’t because as hard of hearing you were afraid you’d miss too much?  Here’s your chance to try one….  We will be gathering on March 29th from 2-4 at the Sanderson Center in classroom B/C.  The book of the month is The Horse Whisperer by Nicolas Evans.  We will have the loop on and Julia will be doing the CART.  Feel free to come by even if you haven’t read the book as our discussions on the book can be lively at times.


 For those of you planning to attend, here’s a list of questions:

If you saw the movie and then read the book, what did you think about the ending?

Which ending do you prefer and why?

Did the book engage you?

The story was told by three people; Annie, Grace and Tom. Could the book have been told by one person? Which person do you think could have told the story better?

Who was your favorite character and why?

How do you feel about Annie? And her drive, her career, her choices?

What did you think about Diane (Tom’s sister in law)?

Annie and Grace’s relationship was tense through most of the book, was it a typical mother/daughter relationship to you?

Does Tom’s gift with horses seem too good to be true?

A man wrote this romance, do you think he did a good job in this genre?

There are four themes in the book: worldly success vs the home life, rustic simplicity vs big city angst, the redeeming power of love and the mystic of animals. Which part did you like best?

What one word describes the book for you?

We are taking turns choosing a book each month.  If you have a good one to share in April, let us know at the meeting this month.  Thanks and hope to see you there!

HLAA-SLC Book Club Social

Our Chapter is trying something new! We are going to start having socials between our regular meetings. We’d like to invite you to our first one on February 22, 2014 from 2-4pm. It will be held at the Sanderson Center in classroom B/C with CART and the hearing loop available.

We starting off with a book club led by Helen Droitsch. The book to be reviewed is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathon Safron Foer. It’s about a nine year old boy named Oskar Schell who finds a key in a vase that belonged to his father who died in the 9/11 attack. Oskar searches New York for information about the key. This 2005 novel spent several weeks on the bestseller list winning several awards and honors. It was made into a movie in 2012.

extremely loud

Join us with a discussion of this book. Refreshments will be served. There’s nothing like hot chocolate on a winter day with a good book in good company. We hope to see you there.

Try to check it out now from your local library.  Yesterday I saw three copies available at the Millcreek county library.  If yours doesn’t have it, request they get it in from another.

There are used copies available on Amazon from 38 cents up (plus shipping).

It’s also available on Kindle for $7.47.

On Nook, it’s available for $9.99.