Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Red River Pulpwood Queen Meeting

I'd like to say "thank you" to all of you ladies who joined me at Columbia Cafe last night for a great dinner and book discussion. I hope you all had as wonderful a time as I did! I know several of queens had other obligations so here is the recap from the meeting:

Longtime member Suzanne Creech joined us and was excited to tell us about her new career as a florist! Horror author Michelle McCrary became a member last night and was eager to help us out in the debate between traditional paper books and digital readers.

The novel Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese was our main topic for the evening. Some of us had finished it, some of us had not, but the topics were interesting enough that no one was left out of the discussions. For example, this novel creates a vivid picture of Ethiopian female medical practices, so we were left to ponder the differences between medicine in America as opposed to third world countries and if we, as modern women, could ever endure things such as no anesthesia or primitive birthing practices. We also tried to consider the human side of doctors in general and how easy or hard it would be to be able to separate work from emotions. Another question that we pondered was why the topic of religion was not as prominent in the novel as one would expect when reading about characters named Shiva and Sister Mary Joseph Praise.

While dining on tarragon chicken salad, cheese plates, mushroom soup, and desserts of creme brule and pecan pie, we talked briefly about the Louisiana Book Festival's choice to close this year and a possible road trip mid October to the Texas Book Festival in Austin.

I look forward to seeing you all in July as we discuss The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel. We will continue to share our top 15 Favorite Books lists as the months go along.

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