July Book Meeting

  • July 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble (Augusta Mall)

July: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

From the author on Amazon.com: "Most of us know or think we know who Ernest Hemingway was -- a brilliant writer full of macho swagger, driven to take on huge feats of bravery and a pitcher or two of martinis -- before lunch. But beneath this man or myth, or some combination of the two, is another Hemingway, one we’ve never seen before. Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, is the perfect person to reveal him to us -- and also to immerse us in the incredibly exciting and volatile world of Jazz-age Paris.


The idea to write in Hadley’s voice came to me as I was reading Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, about his early years in Paris. In the final pages, he writes of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” That line, and his portrayal of their marriage -- so tender and poignant and steeped in regret -- inspired me to search out biographies of Hadley, and then to research their brief and intense courtship and letters -- they wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of delicious pages to another!

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hadley, and through her eyes, with the young Ernest Hemingway. He was just twenty when they met, handsome and magnetic, passionate and sensitive and full of dreams. I was surprised at how much I liked and admired him -- and before I knew it, I was entirely swept away by their gripping love story.

I hope you will be as captivated by this remarkable couple as I am -- and by the fascinating world of Paris in the 20’s, the fast-living, ardent and tremendously driven Lost Generation."

Hope to see you there!!

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  • George M.

    Good discussions.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Nathan

    Hemingway wishes he could be as honest and intelligent as last night's book discussion!

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • sandra e.

      Hemingway wishes Sandra had been there, too :/

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • LeeAnn R.

    Interesting insights.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Enjoyed the informed discussion: it left me with lots to consider. Thanks to all present for allowing a first timer to join in!

    2 · July 30, 2013

  • Amy

    My sinus infection has declared victory and I am not fit to mingle with the public.

    July 30, 2013

  • sandra e.

    ... bottom line... Is red. Can't afford the gas. It's my loss not being able to come tonight.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was very much looking forward to the discussion tonight, but have unfortunately been called in to work tonight! I hope I can be able to join next month's group! Have fun! It was a great book!

    July 30, 2013

  • Renee

    I was asked to pass this along to the group:

    The Book Tavern has been having some meets and greets with authors. The next one coming up is with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODE PINK. She's scheduled to talk on Saturday, August 3, 1-3pm, about her book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Details are available at http://csrapeace.org/2013/07/08/meet-medea-benjamin-and-hear-about-drone-warfare-killing-by-remote-control/. She is also scheduled to speak the next day about her recent trip to Yemen, where she met people who participated in Yemen's recent revolution and relatives of detainees in Guantanamo. http://csrapeace.org/2013/06/13/sun-aug-4-3pm-jeb-boone-eyewitness-to-yemens-revolution/ Also, if people can't get enough of book discussion, there's a group which meets at the Maxwell Library off of Lumpkin Rd the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am. Its blog is http://maxwellbookclub.wordpress.com. Sincerely, Ayman Fadel

    July 29, 2013

  • sandra e.

    I noticed that on the attendance page I am not 'shown' to have participated yet there are photos of some that weren't at the meeting....

    July 11, 2013

    • sandra e.

      Hello??

      July 19, 2013

    • Renee

      Is there a particular month you are talking about Sandra? You are shown as attending the last couple of meetings.

      July 22, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Reading "Z A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" to get immersed in the zeitgeist of the Lost Generation before reading "The Paris Wife." Highly recommend "Z!"

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Bette G.

    I read "The Paris Wife" already but will read "Paris Without End" for the meetup.

    July 19, 2013

    • sandra e.

      I'm still in the middle of the book. Good book!

      July 19, 2013

  • George M.

    Thought I'd mention there is a recent biography of Hadley Hemingway "Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife", in case someone might want to get it and maybe mention points about her at the meetup.

    July 13, 2013

  • George M.

    Why do we still see the book cover image of "The Good earth"?

    July 10, 2013

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