Catching up…

Here is what our members recommended on November 18, 2016, plus a poem about war, plus a poem about a wounded stag.

FICTION (Young Adult and Adult)

-“Raccoon Island: The Encroachment of Man” by Timothy McBride (Judy – written by Judy’s cousin)


-“The Kitchen Boy” by Robert Alexander (Cathy)


– “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell, Narrated by Claire Wille (Daniela)

– “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Narrated by ______ (Daniela)


-“The Life of Charlotte Bronte” by Elizabeth Gaskell (Cathy)

-“Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (Jean)

-“The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows are Built” by Jack Viertel (Cathy)

-“Berlin Diaries” by Marie Vassiltchikov (Cathy)


-“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, narrated by the author (Jean)


-“Sense 8” produced by NetFlix (Daniela)


1) Daniela read a poem by Wislawa Szymborska

The End and the Beginning

2) Cathy read a poem written by Charlotte Bronte when she was in her mid-teens.


The Wounded Stag


Passing amid the deepest shade

Of the wood’s sombre heart,

Last night I saw a wounded deer

Laid lonely and apart.

Such light as pierced the crowded boughs

(Light scattered, scant and dim,)

Passed through the fern that formed his couch

And centred full on him.

Pain trembled in his weary limbs,

Pain filled his patient eye,

Pain-crushed amid the shadowy fern

His branchy crown did lie.

Where were his comrades? where his mate?

All from his death-bed gone!

And he, thus struck and desolate,

Suffered and bled alone.
Did he feel what a man might feel

Friend-left, and sore distrest?

Did Palo’s keen dart, and Grief’s sharp sting

Strive in his mangled breast?

Did longing for affection lost

Barb every deadly dart;

Love unrepaid, and Faith betrayed

Did these torment his heart?
No! leave to man his proper doom!

These are the pangs that rise

Around the bed of state and gloom,

Where Adam’s offspring dies!

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