Friday Morning Bookclub

March 13, 2011

March Bookclub & Little “K”

Filed under: The Friday Morning Book Club,The True Memoirs of Little K — annwalter @ 3:48 pm

Our book club group was only four this month, but that made for some interesting discussions on the March book “The True Memoirs of Little K” including: our expanded knowledge of the Russian royalty and the revolution that killed the Royal family, comparison of the book’s story to Mathilde Kschessinskaya’s actual history (the menage a trois seemed more real in historical accounts than in the book), the media representation of ballet dancers as basically competitive, conniving, self-indulgent prima donas ( in 1896 Little K was named Prima Ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theater), and, lastly, how hard Russian names are to keep track of (there were too many names mentioned in the book — I gave up on all but the main characters).

Three of us had recently seen F.W. De Clerk speak at the Meyerhoff and Janine shared additional insights from her South African family experiences. We also touched on topics as diverse as cell phones causing cancer to kids not doing what we want them to do. While we missed those who weren’t there, it was intimate and a lot of fun.

If you want to know more about the book, Esther wrote a review for Adrienne Sharp’s “The True Memoirs of Little K” published in the “Baltimore Jewish Times”.

And, for more on the author, an interview with Adriennne Sharp, is available at


(You will come to a screen, and on the right side is a list of topics.  Click on “The True Memoirs of Little K”)


1 Comment »

  1. I just watched Connie Martinson’s interview with Adrienne Sharp and if you read the book I would recommend watching the interview. Together they review the events of the book and it was interesting to hear even more details from the author herself. My only qustion is… where is part 2?

    Comment by susanbright — March 13, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

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