March's Discussion

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History By Robert M. Edsel 

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. 

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world

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  • Michele S.

    Great atmosphere ! Service and food okay . Good discussion participation :)

    3 · March 27, 2014

  • David S.

    Sorry all, things have come up and I have to drop at the last moment. I look forward to next month!

    March 25, 2014

    • Dave

      Missed seeing you

      2 · March 25, 2014

  • Erin C.

    Will be there a bit late

    March 25, 2014

  • Jane G.

    So sorry I can't make it this month. Very interested in hearing how discussion goes re Monuments Men.

    March 24, 2014

  • Luke

    Thanks guys for the feedback. I'll check it out tomorrow.

    March 24, 2014

  • Luke

    Hi my name is Luke. I just joined your group a few minutes ago and even though I haven't read The Monuments Men should I still attend the Plaza Azteca get together Tuesday?

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Kristin M.

      I am fairly new myself, but my opinion is to come if you feel like it! You may not be able to refer to specific parts of the book, but you can probably still relate to what people are saying when they apply parts to their own lives. Just my two cents...

      1 · March 24, 2014

    • Abdul

      I agree with Kristin. Please feel free to join us even if you have not read the book. See you all tomorrow.

      1 · March 24, 2014

  • Abdul

    Guys, I'm changing the location of this Meeting to the new Plaza Azteca. It's where the old Hazard Grille used to be. See you there.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • Meagan

    I already bought the book (not even knowing it was chosen!). Yes to Monuments Men.

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Abdul

      Sweet, does this mean you will be joining us?

      March 17, 2014

  • Kristin M.

    I will be there! I can't rsvp because of dues. I brought them to the last meetup and will bring it again to this one.

    March 16, 2014

    • Abdul

      I'll add you.

      March 17, 2014

  • Donna V.

    On vacation that week. Have fun!

    March 3, 2014

    • Abdul

      Ok. Thanks. Enjoy! See you later.

      March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cant believe I'm about to say this (especially seeing as how you picked the book I wanted!) but I cant make this meet up. Its my sister's birthday! :-(

    March 5, 2014

    • Abdul

      Sorry to hear that. I hope you would have been able to join us seeing it was the book you picked. See you next time.

      March 17, 2014

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