Thank you to everyone who participated in our discussion both in the comments section of SPC and the articles on the website and at our meeting over Zoom about His Only Wife edited by Peace Adzo Medie.
Now it is time to select our next reading!
Each Tuesday, we’ll post a thread here on seniorplanet.org inviting you to comment on each section of the book. Then, during our final week of reading, we’ll host a group discussion over Zoom.
But first! We’ve put together a shortlist of engaging books suggested by our participants, Supporters, and staff. Now it’s up to you to pick which one we’ll read together next! Read on for details about each book, then take the poll at the end and tell us: What should the Senior Planet Book Club read next?
We’ll announce the result of the poll next Tuesday!
Have any feedback on book club? Tell us what you think in the comments below, join “The Book Club” Group on Senior Planet Community, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
“An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could only satisfy in each other. Binta – previously reconciled with God – now yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first son and the privations of widowhood. Meanwhile, Reza’s heart lies empty and waiting to be filled due to the absence of a mother. The situation comes to a head when Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.” – GoodReads.com
“Enthralled admirers of Esmeralda Santiago’s memoirs of her childhood have yearned to read more. Now, in The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally breaks out of the monumental struggle with her powerful mother, only to elope into the spell of an exotic love affair. At the heart of the story is Esmeralda’s relationship with “the Turk,” a passion that gradually becomes a prison out of which she must emerge to become herself. The expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage that made Esmeralda’s first two books so successful are on full display again in The Turkish Lover.” – GoodReads.com
“This debut novel by an Arab-American voice, takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America. In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community..” – GoodReads.com
Take the poll!
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When is the Zoom meeting for November?
We just posted the poll for our next book selection https://seniorplanet.org/senior-planet-book-club-vote-for-our-next-book-23/
We’ll hold the discussion on Dec. 15th.
I would like to attend. Have you announced the book. Tha x
Hi Susan, yes we have. The book announcement is here: https://seniorplanet.org/senior-planet-book-club-a-woman-is-no-man-by-etaf-rum/
I would like to join y’all in November.
We would love to have you with us! Next month’s choice will be announced tomorrow :)
Lata I want to these all stories.
They all sound interesting books
So happy to hear this. Hope you can make our Zoom discussion in November as well!
Ditto Judith. I want/plan to read them all eventually.
I love this goal, Bernadette. Looking forward to seeing you next month.
I read A Woman is no Man. Great book. All of these sound interesting and I want to read them all.
Thank you, Judith. Would love to have you join us for the November zoom discussion as well.