Friday Morning Bookclub

March 15, 2011

Enter For A Chance To Win A Copy Of Incendiary By Chris Cleave!

Filed under: Give Aways,Little Bee — susanbright @ 9:25 am

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Many of you have probably read the book Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It is a book that will not be easily forgotten!  Cleave is back and his new book, Incendiary looks to be even more powerful. When an anonymous women loses her husband and child in a suicide bombing at a soccer match in London , she writes a novels worth of letters to Osama bin Laden. And so it  begins: 

Dear Osama……….. 

  Enter for a chance to win one of six  copies of the book Incendiary here! Just tell us what city/ state you live in and what book you are recommending these days. The winners will be notified by email !


September 24, 2010

More Little Bee From Dana! Warning: Spoilers!!!!!!!!

Filed under: Book Discussions,Little Bee — susanbright @ 9:07 am

Little Bee is a book about the “ goodies and the baddies”.  In life it isn’t always  clear as to which category one falls into. For instance,  Little Bee, after having escaped from Nigerian soldiers who raped her sister and killed her entire family, ends up spending two years in a British detention center and is forever on the run from the authorities in two countries.  And yet, we can’t see anything that she actually did wrong that was under her control.

Then there is Sara and her husband, Alex who happens to run into Little Bee and these soldiers while vacationing with her husband. Sara’s no prize. The vacation is to re-connect with the husband she has been cheating on.  The one she knew wasn’t right for her almost immediately after they were married. She’s as shallow as the magazine she is an editor for, yet she’s the one who had the courage to cut her own finger off to save Little Bee’s life.  Does that make her a hero? Oh, and now she actually misses her husband Alex now that he’s dead! Give me a break!

What about Lawrence, her lover? He has a wife and kids but thinks nothing of continually making up stories so that he could spend time with Sara. In fact he shows up to “save the day” during her husband’s funeral even though she tells him not to. He’s not interested in helping Little Bee and tries to send her away, based on his need to protect Sara.

Alex, Sara’s husband hasn’t really done anything wrong except be himself. He also wasn’t quick to cut off his own finger to save Little Bee’s life so Sara had to do it. Does that make him someone who doesn’t come through in times of crisis? And since his wife is having an affair does that make him a failure?

Other than Little Bee there is one other character that appears pure. That is Sara’s son Charlie who only wants to be referred to as Batman. That is the identity he wants. Batman is the good guy fighting what he calls “the baddies”.  It seems there are few Batmans in this world. Certainly in this book!

September 23, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Little Bee 4 Omelets

Filed under: Little Bee,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 10:15 am

Amazon readers gave Little Bee 3 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave Little Bee 3 1/2 stars

Be sure to read Dana’s review below!

September 22, 2010

Little Bee: A Review By Dana

The book Little Bee, by Chris Cleave , primarily takes place in Britain where the author makes us aware of the existence of  immigration detention centers that imprison refugees for years at a time regardless of their criminal activity. The focus is on a young Nigerian girl who goes by the name Little Bee and her chance encounter with a young married couple, Sara and Alex, while they are vacationing in Nigeria.   Her life, as well as those of the other characters involved, continuously deals with thoughts of running away and a fear of being discovered.  This takes place in two different countries on a few different fronts.  While Little Bee  deals with the true to life situational fleeing of a refugee, the others deal more with  fleeing  from their own relationships.

Some of the powerful questions addressed in the book have to do with how responsible one is for the particular circumstances they may find themselves in, and how often does one take unnecessary risks in life? Risks that often have everlasting irreversible effects.  For instance,  Sara and Alex’s decision to take advantage of a free vacation in an unstable country changes their lives forever.

At the end, the question is “ Can two very different people living very different lives, somehow help the other and how does one balance the desire for their own survival with that of someone elses?” The book  also addresses the concept of the “goodies and the baddies” as represented by Sara’s son’s continuously worn Batman costume as well as his reference to people in this way. The question to be asked here is, “Is it always so obvious as to who is who?”.

All in all the book was a fast read that was at times captivating and culturally informative, but dealt with depressing subject matters with some uplifting components. Personally, I could have used a few more uplifting components.

September 14, 2010

Meet Chris Cleave, The Author Of This Month’s Book: Little Bee

Filed under: Little Bee — susanbright @ 9:17 am

Chris Cleave, the author of Little Bee is a British writer and journalist. Cleave studied psychology at Balliol College in Oxford. Little Bee, (titled The Other Hand in the UK), is his second novel and is being made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

Check out this short video and be sure to rate the book below!

September 13, 2010

Rate The Book:Little Bee By Chris Cleave

Filed under: Little Bee,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 10:57 am

Help us rate this month’s book! All votes and comments are welcomed.

August 17, 2010

Little Bee By Chris Cleave

Filed under: Little Bee — susanbright @ 10:26 am

This month’s book Little Bee, was initially published in the UK under the name The Other Hand. This was first brought to my attention when I was discussing books with Janine (another book club member) prior to our meeting. Janine was enthusiastically describing a book she had read, The Other Hand. I was telling her about the book I had read, Little Bee.  Lo and behold…. they were the same book and we both loved it! Why not read along with us!

August 5, 2010

Next Month’s Book: Little Bee

Filed under: Little Bee — susanbright @ 9:59 am

Everyone is talking about Chris Cleaves’s book Little Bee. In fact, it is already being made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman. Little Bee is a young Nigerian girl who flees Nigeria and after spending two years in a British immigration center under deplorable conditions finally arrives in England. The only people she has to turn to is a British couple who she had briefly met during a violent, life changing encounter on a Nigerian beach years prior. A fascinating read. Please read along with us!

April 12, 2010

Little Bee By Chris Cleave

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Little Bee — susanbright @ 6:25 pm

I recently finished reading the New York Times Bestseller book Little Bee, which was  published in the UK under the title of  The Other Hand. Sixteen year old, Little Bee and her sister Nikiuka were involved in a horrific incident  on the beach in Nigeria.  Sarah and Andrew, a British couple vacationing in Nigeria and trying to repair a rocky marriage just  happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. None of their lives would ever be the same again! You will not be able to put down this page turner!

March 24, 2010

Little Bee…….Now This Book Looks Really Intriguing!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,Little Bee — susanbright @ 5:00 pm

I just recieved an email from ReadersGroupGuide saying I won a copy of Chris Cleave’s national bestseller LITTLE BEE.  Here is how the book is described on the inside cover: 

See what I mean? All I know is that something terrible happens on the beach and it involves a 16 year old Nigerian Girl (Little Bee) and a British couple. Even all the reviews are really careful not to give anything away.  I can’t wait to read it, but first I had better finish reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for this month’s meeting!

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