Boolarra Book Club – Dec. 2010

This year we have made a special study of China with our book choices. We have read “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” and watched DVDs of “The Boat”, “Sea of Poppies” (about the Opium Wars), “Bomb, Book and Compass” (did you know the Chinese invented toilet paper in 500 AD?) and “1421”, the date the Chinese discovered Australia.
We have all learnt a lot, enjoyed the films and book discussions and of course the talks by Archer Robern about Chinese Home Stays were always interesting. Our friendly chat and catch-up over supper has also been a highlight of our gatherings.
November’s book was “Morality for Beautiful Girls” by African born author Alexander McCall Smith, who has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for ‘The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh.
Our books encompass a wide range of topics from both contemporary and classic authors and are chosen by our members each year from a very comprehensive list provided by the Centre for Adult Education (CAE). Through our book choices we strive to understand the point of view, hopes and aspirations of others in our discussions and thinking.
We are finishing the year with a bring-&-share Christmas Tea at Ruth’s home, where we will each share one of our favourite Christmas experiences.
New members will be made to feel very welcome, so if you think you would enjoy the challenge of reading interesting books you may not normally choose for yourself, please contact Robern Lubawski on 5169 6494 for more details.