Friday Morning Bookclub

March 29, 2020

Dear Fellow Readers…….A Letter From One Of Our Members

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 10:14 pm

I am not a writer, but I am a reader, and I wanted to write to you all with a reminder of the benefits of a good book. During good and bad times it is always nice to escape into a good book. Now is one of those truly challenging times, and I just read a really good book that I wanted to tell you about. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman was hard to put down! Yes, it is a story that takes place during the Holocaust, and I know many of us are trying to keep to lighter topics, but this one offers a very different perspective from the typical Holocaust narrative. This book takes a mystical approach, following the story of a golem, an animated being that is created from inanimate matters.  A golem can be a victim or villain, but in this case is a hero. I don’t want to give the story away, but do want to share that it has special meaning when you consider everything it means to be a mother.

We are living in a very difficult time, but we have so much to be thankful for. Reading about what people during the holocaust were facing has made me grateful. I am grateful for my family, friends, my dog and the heroes in our society who are working to keep us healthy and safe. We can see each other on facetime and talk on the phone. We are not alone. This too shall pass, and I pray we all stay healthy. I believe in the power of the human mind, and I know we will conquer this beast.

Pick up a book and escape. I highly recommend The World That We Knew.


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What books have you read recently that you would like to recommend?






  1. Thank you Jeri! I am looking forward to reading The World That We Knew!

    Comment by susanbright — March 29, 2020 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  2. I have not read this one yet but I love everything Alice Hoffman. 1 am reading Ltttle Fires Everywhere. Lots of time to read these days. Thank you and god bless.

    Comment by Angie — March 30, 2020 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for the recommendation and encouraging words, Jeri! Despite these difficult times, we are fortunate to be connected via virtual communication, as you said, and we can see and hear our loved ones even if they are not physically with us! Also our access to online materials like books, streaming concerts and videos is so appreciated! I am not reading a book at the moment, but am thinking of starting Circe, by Madelilne Miller.

    Comment by Jean — March 30, 2020 @ 11:07 am | Reply

    • Hi Jean, Circe is also on my list. let us know what you think after you finish it!

      Comment by susanbright — March 30, 2020 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  4. I’m reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson. It’s an eye opener (a re-eye opener). True story by a civil-rights attorney who works with unjustly convicted individuals.

    Comment by Gail — March 30, 2020 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

    • Hi Gail, Hope all is well in Florida! Just Mercy is on my list, but I have not gotten to it yet. I am sure it is an eye opener. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by susanbright — March 30, 2020 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  5. Great book! Loved it! Thank you for inspirational review …

    Comment by Ann Walter — March 30, 2020 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  6. It’s not always easy to escape right now but I’m thankful that I’m a reader because it does help. I’m reading A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe.

    Comment by BermudaOnion — March 31, 2020 @ 11:56 am | Reply

    • A Hundred Suns looks really good! Going on my To Read List (which is getting longer and longer). Thanks for visiting!

      Comment by susanbright — March 31, 2020 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

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