The HLAA Book Club: From Wild to Pope Joan

The HLAA book club met at the Sanderson Center last Saturday to discuss Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

We were all awed by her journey, Monster (her backpack) and we still wonder how she accomplished it with all the problems with her feet.  We talked about the little black frogs, the bow hunters, the tragedy with her mothers horse, and more.  We came up with some great insights too such as perhaps Monster represented the emotional weight she carried since her mother’s death.  The condition of her feet may represent how much her heart as well.

Our next book, chosen by Kathy is Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.

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We will discuss this book Saturday April 18th at the Sanderson Center in classroom B/C with the hearing loop and CART.  Anyone can join us.

Here’s a short review from Amazon: For a thousand years men have denied her existence–Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against  restrictions her soul cannot accept.

When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as  Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world.

“Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel.”
–Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës

This book is based on a legend, learn more at wikipedia.

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.

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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.