Our April Awe

"Grapes of Wrath" movie (1940)
“Grapes of Wrath” movie (1940)

We had such a wonderful meeting in April. Cathy asked members if they had read any books or poems many times over their lives that brought different perceptions each time. We signaled those literary pieces with an asterisk. Enjoy!


“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson (Cathy adds recommendation to Starr’s and Daniela’s)

“Pomegranate Soup” by Marsha Mehran (Jessica adds recommendation to Starr’s)

“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by David Suskind (Jessica and Daniela)

*“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck (Starr and Daniela)

*“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck (Starr)

“The Lover” by Marguerite Duras – (Melinda commented on original recommendation from Daniela)

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde (Judy)



“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch – book and lecture on YouTube (Starr)

“The American Way of Death” by Nancy Mitford (Jessica)

“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell (Jessica)

“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell (Jessica)

“Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Melinda)

“The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde” treasury of quotations by Ralph Keyes (Judy)

“Gardens for a Beautiful America: 1895-1935” book of photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston (Daniela)

“King Lehr and the Gilded Age” by Lady Ducies (Debbie doesn’t recommend the book, but found the story of this couple’s marriage intriguing)

“How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Debbie)

“Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II” by Vicki Croke (Jane)

“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi (Jane)

Filomena, my pet butterfly” by Daniela Caride (Daniela read it out loud)



*“The House of Belonging” – book of poetry by David Whyte (Melinda)

*“Leaves of Grass” – book of poetry by Walt Whitman (Melinda)

“After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost (Cathy read it out loud)



http://www.peterwsage.blogspot.com/ (Joyce read it out loud)



“The Week Magazine” (Jessica) www.theweek.com



“Middlemarch” TV Series – Masterpiece Theater (Cathy)

“House of Cards” TV Series – Netflix (Melinda)

“Lillie” (about Lillie Langtry) TV Series – Masterpiece Theater (Judy)

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” – 1945 Movie with George Sanders (Judy)



Open Yale Courses: “The Early Middle Ages, 284 to 1000” lecturer: Paul H. Freedman (Cathy)

The Great Courses: “The Rise and Fall of China” (Melinda)

The Great Courses: “The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions” (Melinda) [Note: Check with Melinda before ordering. She recommended the Great Courses course on “wine tasting” and I’m not sure that I have picked the right lecture from their website.]

Source? — “Book Making” (Melinda)


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