August Book Club

  • August 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout (Goodreads Author), Sara Corbett (Goodreads Author)

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity

moderator Ellen

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  • taffey /john l.

    as usual, lot of fun ,good food and respectfull , intelligent conversation even we we don't agree. :) .Loved it! The chairwomen our our group really do a great job Thanks!

    August 20, 2014

  • Kathie

    Today's news reported on freelance journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria in 2012, while on assignment for the Global Post. Sadly, a video shows that he was beheaded.

    August 20, 2014

  • Janice T.

    I think this was the most agreement I have heard about a book since I started attending the meetings. Lots of discussion even so. Many thanks to Cheryl, Kathie, and Kristi for organizing our meetings. See you all in October.

    August 20, 2014

  • Amy M.

    It was great with a lively discussion.

    August 20, 2014

  • Kate

    Good group, good conversation! See you next time.

    August 19, 2014

  • Kathie

    Kevin! You made it off the Waitlist this month! Cool. We missed you in our discussions. :-)

    August 18, 2014

    • Kevin M.

      Lol and I'm actually going to be there too! I have already told my boss I'm leaving on time!

      August 19, 2014

  • Kathie

    Just started reading A House in the Sky. Good story - a page turner so far.

    August 15, 2014

  • Janice T.

    This harrowing true story is a testament to the indomitability of the human spirit.

    1 · August 9, 2014

  • Sylvia C.

    Can't wait! I love book discussions....

    August 7, 2014

  • CherylAnn P.

    Thanks for being moderator Ellen

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Charlotte G.

    I am listening to the Elegant of the Hedgehog which is much more enjoyable. Thanks for the suggestion.

    June 16, 2014

    • Kathie

      I've heard a lot of people say that, Charlotte.

      June 17, 2014

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