Women’s Book Group

March 2018 Book Club and Pot Luck Night

Hi Ladies,

The book choice for the March  is “The Girl with Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee.   The date will be chosen by the hostess.   Would someone like to volunteer for that meeting?
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthlesThe Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Storys and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal totalitarian regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?
Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.

She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities – involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable.

This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo’s escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life – not once, but twice – first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit.

Contact Lois Mason with questions.  loismason418@gmail.com

 

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About the Book Group…..

Our  ‘Women of the Church’  Book Discussion Group & Potluck meet
once a month from September to June. The book group is open to any woman who likes to read and laugh, and laugh we do!

Members can host us in their hoshadow_imgmes or we can meet in the church Fellowship Hall.  Everyone contributes a bit of their culinary capabilities each month and we feast together just before our discussions commense.   Our time together usually runs from 5:30-8:00 pm.

We read a wide variety of books chosen from suggestions from everyone in the group. Some titles from the past include Three Cups of Tea, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Road, Suite Francais, Here if You Need Me, The Double Bind, The Book Thief, Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Testimonies of our Imprisoned Sisters, and Nobody’s Fool, just to name a view.

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library assists us with obtaining multiple copies, so not everyone has to purchase a book.

Each month the book chosen has a facilitator, however, the discussion is very relaxed, and we encourage woman to join us even if they haven’t read the book. Watch the church bulletin, the bulletin board and this page for the date and location of each discussion.

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