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FIRST Bookclub Discussion

  • Mar 2, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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BOOK: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

(please double-check author; there are other books with the same name)

We will be meeting for flatbread and a better-than-flat discussion on our first book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. We chose the centrally located National Harbor for this meetup. If rides are needed, leave a comment and one can be coordinated. For more about the venue CLICK HERE. For more about the book, see description below:

"My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, has a dream about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. A gypsy woman and an old man claiming to be a mysterious king advise him to pursue it. "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation," the old man tells him. "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

Santiago travels in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

 

Special note:

March's read is, "The Language of Flowers," by Vanessa Diffenbauch. Read a review HERE.

Come prepared with nominations for April's book vote. See you in a few weeks!

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  • Shashuana

    Sorry I wasn't able to make it. I'm sure it was a great discussion. Is the date still the same for the next meeting?

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry ladies I will have to miss this one, I have a sinus infection I and I'm feeling horrible.

    March 2, 2013

  • Shashuana

    Hi Ladies, the date change poses a conflict for me, so I'm not 100% sure I can make it tomorrow. Will do my best to make it.

    March 1, 2013

  • Kandyce M.

    We are still meeting this saturday, right?

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I suggest that those that of us who are able to attend on Saturday do so. We can discuss how we should proceed at that time.

    February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was just reading over the conversation below and it doesn't look like the reservations have been made yet. So do you think we are still meeting?

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I dont have time to take on the responsiblity either so I won't head down that path. I think though, unless somone wants to step up and facitate this meeting it may be better to cancel it. Or maybe I'll just opt out until there is some clarity on a way forward.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will be flying out of town that day, but i can still make the arrangements. i wont be present, however. if you prefer i reserve the location and set things up still, let me know

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Emme, Considering the message you sent, will you still host this meeting?

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    go tto fly to Atlanta for the week. so rry ladies!

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so sorry ladies, i have to change the date b/c Feb 24 is already triple booked! i hope a Saturday on the Harbor sounds just as appealing to you--it gives more time for reading, too!

    February 6, 2013

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