Aurora Book Club

  • January 6, 2009 · 7:00 PM

ATTENTION EVERYONE: DUE TO A WORK COMMITMENT (I will be out of town) I WILL NEED TO CHANGE THE JANUARY BOOK CLUB MEETING TO TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009 AT 7PM. ALL OTHER DETAILS WILL BE THE SAME. SORRY IF THIS CAUSES AN INCONVENIENCE TO ANY OF YOU! I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU IN JANUARY. We will be reading the following book: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (672 pages). Here is a synopsis: From Publishers Weekly Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age, as players in their uncle's plans to advance the family's fortunes. Mary, the sweet, blond sister, wins King Henry VIII's favor when she is barely 14 and already married to one of his courtiers. Their affair lasts several years, and she gives Henry a daughter and a son. But her dark, clever, scheming sister, Anne, insinuates herself into Henry's graces, styling herself as his adviser and confidant. Soon she displaces Mary as his lover and begins her machinations to rid him of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. This is only the beginning of the intrigue that Gregory so handily chronicles, capturing beautifully the mingled hate and nearly incestuous love Anne, Mary and George ("kin and enemies all at once") feel for each other and the toll their family's ambition takes on them. Mary, the story's narrator, is the most sympathetic of the siblings, but even she is twisted by the demands of power and status; charming George, an able plotter, finally brings disaster on his own head by falling in love with a male courtier. Anne, most tormented of all, is ruthless in her drive to become queen, and then to give Henry a male heir. Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne's famous, tragic end is offset by Mary's happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind.

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  • Karen D.

    Thanks again, Julia! It was fun!!

    January 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a really good time and enjoyed meeting everyone. I thought the book discussion was just delightful!

    January 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A fun group of people who welcome new members with open arms. I immediately felt part of the goup.
    A lively discussion of the book with an opportunity for every member to contribute.
    A gracious hostess who welcomed all.

    This group has it all.

    January 7, 2009

  • Julia W

    If you would like to bring a snack that is great. I usually serve wine, soft drinks, and definitely can make a cup of coffee if someone is in the mood. Others have brought snacks to share or a bottle of wine. I look forward to meeting you at the next book club meeting.

    December 11, 2008

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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