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Dear Friends, We have agreed to read The Splendid and The Vile by Eric Larson. Whet your whistle for the book by reading this New York Times review: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/books/review/the-splendid-and-the-vile-erik-larson.html. It sounds fascinating. To get in the mood, you may also want to watch The Crown on Netflix. It shows Churchill encouraging King Edward's dalliance with Wallis Simpson because both were sympathetic to Nazi Germany. This helped move along King Edward's abdication to give England a more sensible crown head. A great book for a stirring time in history and perhaps a great distraction from our own historic moment. I will post a Zoom link soon. Happy Reading! The date was changed because the book is loooong!
Let's take the sting out of quarantine, by reading, Laline Paull’s ambitious and bold first novel, “The Bees,” that follows Flora 717, a bee sanitation worker doomed by her birth to the lowest caste of her community. She is large and ugly and — oh, yes — a bee. What could feel gimmicky or cute never does; Flora 717 is a brave and spirited soul, and it is a pleasure to follow her through the hive and the air. The brief prologue and epilogue are the only sections of the book with humans, aside from a single scene halfway through in which a man harvesting honey comes off something like Godzilla. Truly, who needs people when bees provide this much pathos? To create buzz about the book here's The New York Times book review which I excerpted above: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/books/review/the-bees-by-laline-paull.html. Zoom link to be posted.