Past Meetup

Books for a Better Life: First Book- The Day of Honey

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We think most people are looking for a better life- People are looking to evolve. They are want to grow and improve, widen their horizons and gain a larger perspective on life. So when we discovered "Books for a Better Life Awards"- we wanted to learn more. Since its inception in 1996, Books for a Better Life has honored more than 600 authors and has raised more than $1.9 million to speed progress toward achieving a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives.

We definitely would like to live "our best lives"- so we have decided to read the 2011 Books for a Better Life this year.

To see a schedule for this book club- please click here:

We'll start with the winner of "First Book," Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo.

A luminous portrait of life in the Middle East, Day of Honey weaves history, cuisine, and firsthand reporting into a fearless, intimate exploration of everyday survival.

In the fall of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the next six years, while living in Baghdad and Beirut, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her memoir of the hunger for food and friendship—a communion that feeds the soul as much as the body in times of war.

Not only does the book have great reviews on Amazon, but it has wonderful reviews from the New York Times, which says, "readers will feel lucky to find her (Annia Ciezadlo)." The Washington Times also gives it a glowing review.

They also mention at the end of the book are a number of her favorite recipes, including fattoush (Levantine bread salad), crumbled potatoes and eggs, kafta (meatballs), and her favorite zucchini stew.

Sounds like this gathering might lend itself to a potluck, hm? :)