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December Book Club

  • Dec 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Quan


GRAND INQUISITOR: Dianne Johnson

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to suggest the book "Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China" by Fucshia Dunlop. This book is the extreme opposite of "Crazy Asians" This is a non-fiction book in which Fucshia documents her 2007 travels to most of the provinces of China to learn about the local cuisine. She was the first woman, and the first Caucasian to study at the Sichuan Province Cooking School. She is the first person to ever write a Sichuan Cookbook. Fucshia is the ultimate authority on eating in Mainland China. Many of her articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal. It would be a very interesting discussion comparing this book with "Crazy Asians"

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dianne & CherylAnn, you both did a WONDERFUL job with the group. I appreciate all your hard work. Dianne, I thought that the discussion arrangement was perfect. I do like Claire's idea of meeting at her condo. My question, is the book club more about discussing the book or is the book club about being social, meeting new people, and going to new restaurants? Either objective is great by me. Perhaps, the book club could combine both. Every other month, perhaps we could meet at Claire's condo, where the discussion of a book would be more focused. The restaurant meetings would be both social with a book discussion.

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lastly, (at last), a suggestion: I would like to welcome the group to meet at my home, if you would like to try it. We can bring munchies or pot luck if we so desire, and I have space and chairs for at least 12 people comfortably. My condo complex (Bay Island on Corey Causeway next to the Palms of Pasadena Hospital), also has a wonderful club house and library I am sure we could use alternatively. I belong to a philosophical discussion group that meets weekly at each others homes and have often hosted that meeting, usually of 10- 14 folks.
    It's only a suggestion/thought, not knowing your history, and meaning no offense. I'm in wherever!

    Happy Holidays to you All!

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Secondly, I wanted to respond to Dianne's question about the meaning of the chapter titles. I think maybe, and this might be a stretch, that the author was trying to make a link between persons and places, (and not just geographical, but the character's social places and spaces, as well), and the effects each had on the interactions the people and the places had in relation to each other and to their shared and unshared histories.
    Thanks, Dianne for a great and thoughtful question. And I second how much I enjoyed your sharing of your personal knowledge and experience of Singaporian culture! It was quite a delightful and unexpected bonus!

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I totally love this group! I want to apologize for my comments, (as a new member, yet!), saying that it was difficult to hear. But, that said, I did feel sorry for Dianne for it being difficult to keep on track with separate conversations breaking out. However, I did think Nancy's comment that it allowed some of us, at our ends of the table, to get to know each other better, so that was a good thing! You really are a great and lively group and I thoroughly enjoyed these last two meetings very much. I do have a question though, since I do not know the history of the group and am coming at this new, why did you decide to meet at restaurants and not at a library, clubhouse, or people's homes? I think it is part of the problem for those of us who were having trouble hearing. Restaurants are noisy and busy and, in my humble opinion, not the greatest places for discussions. At Bascomb's Chop House, the Suncoast Credit Union gets a private room and we can hear.

    December 18, 2013

  • Kathie

    Thank you so much, Dianne, for being our questioner. I thought that it was a good read, and I really enjoyed hearing your personal insights about the Singaporians and their culture. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year's, everybody! See you next year!

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to miss this final meeting of 2013. i enjoyed this book (and January's also). Have some sashimi for me and a lively discussion!

    December 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Will be stuck at work.. again..

    December 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Regretfully, it looks like I will be stuck at work tonite.. sorry everyone! Will miss you!

    December 17, 2013

  • Donna D.

    Just got a call-back for a play I auditioned for on Sunday. So sorry I can't come tonite. Liked the book even though I didn't like too many of the characters.

    December 17, 2013

    • CherylAnn P.

      Thank you for updating your rsvp

      December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All least I am making room for others to attend who are on hold. ENJOY and have fun tomorrow.

    December 16, 2013

    • CherylAnn P.

      we will miss you. thanks for updating your rsvp

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So wish I could have made it but couldn't finish book on Audible audio book, was so busy with Finals last week at school, only got up to chapter 2. Very sorry can't make it this month, will try for the next read or the read after, you all have a bless time and a HAPPY MERRY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay! I really wanted to be there! Am loving the book and the restaurant is the perfect choice for this book! Totally golden!
    See you there!

    December 16, 2013

  • Karen A.

    Sorry, it turns out I can't make it. I was in the mood for sushi too! I hope someone else can take my spot.

    December 16, 2013

  • TERRI B.

    sorry I have to change my rsvp. Read the book. Can't say it was one of my favorite books!!

    December 8, 2013

    • Dianne J.

      Four of us discussed Guns, Germs, and Steel. Heavy going. I think Crazy Rich Asians was in response to an overwhelming need for lighter reading. Every book cannot be a favorite, but I am sorry that you did not enjoy this romp through Singapore.

      December 14, 2013

    • TERRI B.

      Quite all right, As it has been said be for, not everyone is gone to love every book.

      December 15, 2013

  • Kathie

    Just finished reading the book. Family is crazy, but maybe there's hope for Rachel and Nick. Perhaps there will be a sequel . . . . :)

    November 30, 2013

    • Dianne J.

      Did I hear sequel? Ah, you know what that means. Expect to discuss what happens next to Rachel and Nick in steamy Singapore.

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really loved this book. All the books I have read on China, are about the devastation and poverty. What I really wanted to know is how these families were able to escape from China, and more about how the grandfather was able to scrape up enough money to start a business in Singapore.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoroughly enjoyed my first meeting! Great discussion and great meeting you all! Looking forward to our next one and the next book.
    See you then. I'll have to re-read our last book to comment on Dianne's question. A very good one, indeed!

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is Dec. 17 meeting being held ?

    December 11, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    I have the descriptions printed out and ready. Since they (The Solace of Leaving Early, Let the Great World Spin, How to Breathe Underwater, Shadow Tag) reside on my Shelf of Honor, I wish we could read and discuss all of them. Crazy Rich Asians was an over reaction to Guns, Germs, and Steel.

    November 21, 2013

  • Kathie

    Thank you, Dianne, for stepping up and being our moderator for December's meeting. If you have book suggestions, please don't forget to bring them. :)

    November 20, 2013

  • Casandra W.

    A great restaurant choice to discuss this book.

    November 20, 2013

  • Kathie

    Do we have any volunteers to be the moderator for December? This book sounds like a fun book to be questioner. Also, don't forget to bring a wrapped book, if you want to participate in the Christmas exchange. Pick a book that you have enjoyed reading, that someone might like to get - no white elephants, please.

    November 20, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    BTW, this picture was taken by my Singaporean daughter-in-law as we enjoyed our drinks in an ultra-modern nightclub high above the Singapore River.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    Warning to serious readers: Crazy Rich Asians is a crazy romp, a satire about Singaporean Chinese, not at all like Half of a Yellow Sun. Speaking of that book, I would like to return for a moment to last night's discussion and one question I wish we had spent more time answering. A question I thought really fascinating was who wrote the book within the book entitled The World Was Silent When We Died. I did not hear the answer and intended to return to the question but became distracted by the ongoing excellent discussion. I thought it was fascinating because if I am correct Richard wrote the first manuscript with that title but Kainene burned it; Colonel Madu, someone Richard disliked, was the person whose words gave Richard the idea for the title; and Ugwu is the author of the final, published version. Using this device, Adichie connects a number of story threads. Adichie's final surprise for her readers is when we discover Ugwu's achievement in her last sentence. Yes or no?

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am asian-mix but sure wish I was 'CrAzy Rich Asian', sounds like an interesting fun title, also glad to meet-up finally with you all it's been a long long time. I start break from classes at SPC on 13th, so I can't wait to meet-up :) You all enjoy Thanksgiving week ahead. GodBless.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would be my first book club meeting and I would be THRILLED!

    November 11, 2013

  • CherylAnn P.

    What book is it this month?

    October 26, 2013

    • Kathie

      December's book is Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Quan.

      October 26, 2013

  • Kathie

    Hi Trisha. Do we have a book selected for this month?

    September 19, 2013

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