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Desert Flower

After watching the film, I am inspired to read the book; Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Derie.  As many of us will also be finishing up Wally Lamb's book for March 5th, the shorter length of this book should hopefully fit the bill for our regular book club night in March.


A reminder about RSVP'ing. Please be considerate to others and don't hold a spot if you are not sure about attending, as changing to a no last minute does not allow people on the waiting list enough time to read the book. As always, I understand on occasion things come up that do not allow you to attend, but please change your RSVP no later than noon on the day of the event so I can give the restaurant an accurate head count.

Unfortunately we have had some events where members pulled out last minute or did not show, this is not only discourteous but causes problems for the group/restaurant. Members that routinely are a "No Show" or "Cancel last minute" will be removed from the group.


Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Derie - 244 Pages (Amazon 4.5 stars)

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood.

Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu -- the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N.

Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled -- but still deeply loves.

Dramatic, humorous, and enormously uplifting, this is a wonderful self-portrait of a courageous woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty

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  • Tom

    Here is information on the play I will be appearing in next Tuesday:

    By Jonathan Rand
    A comic series of blind date dinners that couldn’t get worse- until they do March 25th and April 1st
    91 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY Check, Please
    Dinner at 7 then the show pops up with dessert
    $10 per person show fee will be added to your check
    Seating is limited- call[masked] for reservation

    March 25, 2014

    • Tiffany

      We made a reservation to have dinner and watch the show. Anyone else going or care to go?

      March 26, 2014

  • Terri

    Great meeting....Was good to see everyone. Great duscussion on the book.

    March 21, 2014

  • Heike

    Great location, with good food. As always a fun group with diverse conversation.

    March 21, 2014

  • kate

    Thank you again. As always, love to see everyone. Look forward to next time.

    March 20, 2014

  • kate

    Very interesting -True Story

    March 20, 2014

  • Terri

    Good book. Very interesting and inspiring.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • tina

    Another great meeting.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Sailaja

    Sorry not able to come this time...

    March 5, 2014

  • kate

    March 19th is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. There are a few places that have a $ 29.95 dinner as well as their regular menu. Not sure if this would be an option. Here is the website
    Arturo's, Char, Chophouse Grill, Ramiro's and Terrace Club are listed for Mahopac
    Le Fontane for Somers

    February 20, 2014

    • Heike

      I am actually trying to avoid those that offer restaurant week as they often require advance reservations, at a time when the number is unknown. Unfortunately yesterday I made a reservation at 2.30 for 12 only to find 8 people actually attend the event. This is not good for a restaurant and especially on restaurant week it would give us a really black mark!

      February 20, 2014

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