More about Peaceful Warrior and Neverwhere

If you want to know more about Dan Millman and his philosophy, check out his web site.

For a thought-provoking list of reader’s guide questions relating to Peaceful Warrior, go here.

The  movie, Peaceful Warrior, is available on Netflix Streaming.

As for Neverwhere, it’s also a BBC series available through Netflix DVDs.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior

We had a lively discussion about Peaceful Warrior, particularly comparing the book and movie versions. One of the discussion questions was “Could this book be set in any other place and time?” On the one hand, yes. The movie was set in the 2000s and the location wasn’t important. But in another sense, only California in the 1960s could have produced the mystical wisdom of Socrates and Dan’s response to it. In the movie, I kept waiting for Dan to tell Socrates to stop with all the New Age mumbo jumbo, but he never did which seemed really odd.

The subtitle of the book is “A Book that Changes Lives.” While it’s too soon to tell if our lives have been changed long term, we discussed how the book had impacted our daily lives since reading or viewing it.

Next up is Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. We’ll see if it’s as thought-provoking as Peaceful Warrior.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Check out Emma Donoghue talking about her book, Room.

Looking forward to talking with you at our discussion on February 10, about this amazing book!

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

There was a lot of sweet and not much bitter at our December discussion. First, there were all the Christmas goodies for the party! Also some interesting books at the swap. I think I took home more than I brought.

Hotel brought up interesting issues of how Muslims are treated today compared to the Japanese in WWII and how today’s Chinese feel about the Japanese. There was also discussion about cultural assimilation in American society and how Asian children adopted into white families cope with “otherness.”

Next is Savage Lands on Jan. 13 at 5:30 (5 p.m. for snacks and socializing). Even if you haven’t read the book, come on by! We meet in the basement of Central Library and look forward to seeing you.

Don’t forget about the holiday party and book swap!

Our next meeting is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the basement of Central Library. We will be discussing Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. In addition to our always great conversation about books, we will also have a party! Bring  a treat to eat if you wish and bring your old books to swap. Also, be sure to check out our great spring and summer reading lineup on the Current Reading List page.

The Forgotten Garden

Last week the club members met and had a great discussion about “The Forgotten Garden.” It was an engaging story with several twists and turns. If you didn’t have the chance to read the book, we recommend it.

The members present looked through the suggested readings and the input we received from club members and decided on the readings for the spring and summer discussions. More information will be out soon about those picks!!

We also decided to have a Holiday Party for our meeting in December!! Mark your calendars for December 9, and join us for a great discussion and a BOOK SWAP! Check back here for more information.

Hope to see you all in December. : )

Known World Discussion

The Known World generated some interesting discussion at our last meeting–discussion that included themes of slavery, racism in modern times, and the accuracy of historical fiction. There were few characters who were clearly good (many were downright disappointing, in my opinion) and we all found some passages in the book difficult to read because of the cruelty inflicted on a character. Anyone want to add their thoughts on The Known World?

So far, Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, our next book, is proving easier to get through. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 11 to discuss it! /Evelyn

The Known World Resources

I’ve come across some resources on The Known World to pass along to the group.

Radio shows:

Also, I wrote a recommendation on The Known World for the library staff newsletter, back when I first read it back in 2005. It is now published on my blog, CD’s Picks.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

We had a great discussion last time with Journal for Jordan, looking at both the romantic angle of the story and the military aspect. Coming up on Oct. 14 is The Known World by Edward P. Jones. This work of fiction looks at a real phenomenon–that of African Americans owning other African Americans as slaves.

Resources? Well, I know Special Collections on the 6th floor of the library has slave manifests. Speaking for myself, I experienced very powerful and chilling feelings holding it in my hand. It’s one thing to read about slaves or see something online, but quite another to hold the actual proof of such evil in your hands. Also interesting to me is the Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives of people from the Arlington area. It’s unsettling to see founding fathers of Arlington referred to as “Master.”

Anyone else have resources to share? Post them in the comments!

Journal For Jordan

As you know, Journal for Jordan is the campus OneBook this year. That means there are lots of great resources out there! Here are just a couple: