SPDA Book Club for November (Revised): The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • November 14, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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The SPDA book club will be meeting in November to discuss "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", by Mitch Albom.  Although I've not read it, the book is purported to be a short, easy read, and will, hopefully, spark some good discussion.

 

The November meeting will be held at Beth's house near Oregon. The address will be emailed to those who RSVP yes. Bring a snack to share and the beverage of your choice.

 

Following is an editorial review from Publisher's Weekly:

"At the time of his death, Eddie was an old man with a barrel chest and a torso as squat as a soup can," writes Albom, author of the bestselling phenomenon Tuesdays with Morrie, in a brief first novel that is going to make a huge impact on many hearts and minds. Wearing a work shirt with a patch on the chest that reads "Eddie" over "Maintenance," limping around with a cane thanks to an old war injury, Eddie was the kind of guy everybody, including Eddie himself, tended to write off as one of life's minor characters, a gruff bit of background color. He spent most of his life maintaining the rides at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park, greasing tracks and tightening bolts and listening for strange sounds, "keeping them safe." The children who visited the pier were drawn to Eddie "like cold hands to a fire." Yet Eddie believed that he lived a "nothing" life-gone nowhere he "wasn't shipped to with a rifle," doing work that "required no more brains than washing a dish." On his 83rd birthday, however, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life. One by one, these mostly unexpected characters remind him that we all live in a vast web of interconnection with other lives; that all our stories overlap; that acts of sacrifice seemingly small or fruitless do affect others; and that loyalty and love matter to a degree we can never fathom. Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership. Bringing into the spotlight the anonymous Eddies of the world, the men and women who get lost in our cultural obsession with fame and fortune, this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, reminds us of what really matters here on earth, of what our lives are given to us for.

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  • Sue

    It was nice getting others perspective on the book and meeting new people. A big Thank You to Beth for hosting us.

    November 15, 2011

  • Cathy P.

    Great food, interesting conversations (about the book and other things), and the nicest group of people! A great night!

    November 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Great discussion, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming!

    November 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was the street address sent out to everyone?

    November 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great, Cathy! I can bring some raw veggies and dip in addition to some banana muffins I was planning to bring, if that would be helpful. Let me know. I don't want to duplicate someone else's stuff, or conversely not contribute enough.

    November 13, 2011

  • Cathy P.

    I just put the finishing touch of cream cheese frosting on my pumpkin cake! :) Yum! Naturally, though, it has NO calories/fat/etc. ;)

    November 13, 2011

  • Beth

    Hi, I am glad you will be joining us; I will send out my address before the 14th. Take care. Beth

    October 25, 2011

  • Cathy P.

    I read this book years ago, and LOVED it. I always thought it would be a great book club discussion. YAY to you for doing this! :) Will be there with pumpkin cake! Yum!

    October 25, 2011

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