Book Club Idea
I hosted my neighborhood book club earlier this month. I only get to do it once a year, actually with all the members we have I probably won’t get to do it next year. So I was excited and maybe over did it.
Autobiographies are really just my favorite type of book. I love being able to transport myself into someone else’s mind and their life experiences. Also every time I read someone’s stories it makes me think of my own. Firoozeh Dumas is tied with Ruth Reichel as my favorite authors in this sphere of literature. Sweet Firoozeh even took the picture of our book club meeting and posted it online. Made my whole day, whole week.
So for my turn at book club I had everyone read Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas. I also asked them to write a short story/essay, an experience from their lives. To read outloud so we could get to know each other better. Everyone was so nervous to do that but it was great, there was crying and laughing. The perfect mix, right?
Since one of the lessons I took from Frioozeh’s book is the beauty of culture, the respect we need to have to others’ cultures, things of that nature. I had all the women attending message me where their family line was from. Then for the food I prepared something from each of the countries. I took a trip to an eastern european deli downtown, then to a western european deli downtown, then had only two countries that didn’t fit in that mix. So it really was no too hard.
For the decor I found a vintage travel poster from each of their countries and printed it out.
I also printed out a photo from each of their countries, just to see if they could pick out which one they were from.
Celebrating our cultures, who we are, and having good food was a recipe for a great night.
You know what! I have two extra copies sitting in my closet of Laughing Without An Accent by Frioozeh Dumas. If you want one, be the first or second person to comment, and I’ll mail it over right away.