Wellesley Club of Naples - Book Discussions

9781250137661_p0_v1_s600x595Please join our first book discussion of the season on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 3 pm. 

 

We will be discussing Daughter of Moloka"i by Alan Brennert.  

In this emotional, gripping sequel to Brennert’s "Moloka’i," Ruth Utagawa, daughter of lepers but not afflicted herself, is taken from an orphanage and adopted by a Japanese family, the Watanabes, who move from Hawaii to Northern California, where they start a strawberry farm in the early 1920s. In Florin, near Sacramento, they encounter prejudice in the form of Sheriff Dreesen, who wishes the Japanese would all move back to their homeland. Ruth comes of age during the Great Depression; she falls in love with a young man named Frank Harada, and together they open a popular diner. Then the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and, in the wake of FDR’s Executive Order #9066, Ruth and her family are forcibly relocated to the internment camp at Manzanar, where they undergo a daily struggle for survival. At war’s end, Ruth and her fellow internees must begin the equally difficult task of picking up their lives and starting anew. Then, Ruth receives a letter from her birth mother, Rachel. Their reunion forms the third act of this deeply moving novel. In Brennert’s skilled hands, Ruth’s story is powerful and urgent.

 

Location:  Home of Carol Goode, 2150 Gulf Shore Blvd. No, Naples FL 34102

Main Floor Party Room, RSVP CarolGoode9@gmail.com  or 239 643 5380

Board members:  please join us at 1:00 pm - Same date, same place.  Board meetings are open to all.  If you arrive early for the book discussion, please feel free to come on in!

 

 

OUR PREVIOUS BOOK DISCUSSIONS (listed from the most recently discussed)

The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Bellevue:  Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kuschner

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie

Euphoria by Lily King

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Voice of the River by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

An Unseemly Wife by E. B. Moore

Troublesome Young Men by Lynn Olson

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Wellesley '94)

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtle

Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewdki

Killing Mr. Watson by Peter Matthiesen

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Run by Ann Patchett

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Killer Angels:  A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara