Friday Morning Bookclub

December 13, 2009

Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Wildflower 3 3/4 Omelets

Filed under: Rate The Book,Wildflower — susanbright @ 5:18 pm

Amazon readers gave Wildflower 4 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave Wildflower 4 1/2 stars

This book is relatively new and the number of people polled by both Amazon ( 19 ratings) and Barnes and Noble (10 ratings) was very small. I think it would be interesting to check the ratings again as more people read the book. I found the book extremely interesting and learned a lot about  not only Joan Root’s courageous life, but also about life in general in Kenya.

December 10, 2009

Joan Root’s Africa.

Filed under: Wildflower — janinefrier @ 10:31 am

Take a look at this wonderful slide show of the area around Naivasha.

Naivasha Kenya Slide Show

Remembering Joan Root

Filed under: Wildflower — janinefrier @ 10:25 am

Here is a beautiful pic that was taken of the Roots in their hot air balloon, which they flew over Kilimanjaro.  The pic shows some Maasai watching, during the filming of Balloon Safari.

Here is another interesting site I found for you to look at.  It is an obit on Joan Root on a blog called The Blog of Death, which is, as they describe themselves:”a frequently-updated Weblog highlighting obituaries of the famous, infamous and interesting unknowns.  The Blog of Death is written by Jade Walker ([1]), a New Hampshire-based writer/editor with a passion for obituaries. As the overnight editor/producer of The New York Times on the Web, she published the Obits section and spent a year working on the Portraits of Grief, a collection of obits for the victims of the Sept. 11th terror attacks. When she was the editor of Inscriptions Magazine, Walker compiled the hugely popular R.I.P. section of writer obits. Now she spends her days commemorating the dead on her popular Weblog and her nights working the graveyard shift as an online editor/producer for Yahoo! News.”

There are a number of comments posted by people who knew or had met Joan Root.

December 7, 2009

Rate This Month’s Book; Wildflower by Mark Seal

Filed under: Polls,Rate The Book,Wildflower — susanbright @ 12:45 pm

All votes and comments are welcomed!

November 30, 2009

Meet Joan and Alan Root!

Filed under: Wildflower — susanbright @ 4:58 pm

After finishing Wildflower I was anxious to learn more about Joan Root. To get to know Joan and her husband check out this short video clip they produced titled Two In The Bush. They made quite the team! http://www.wildfilmhistory.org/film/111/clip/16/Life+as+a+wildlife+camera+team.html

November 17, 2009

Wildflower

Filed under: Uncategorized,Wildflower — susanbright @ 12:20 pm

I just finished reading this month’s book Wildflower by Mark Seal. It was one of those books I did not want to put down.  What an amazing person Joan Root was! I am not at all surprised that this is being made into a movie. It is a story that needs to be told!

What are your thoughts?

November 16, 2009

Julia Roberts To Play Joan Root

Filed under: Movies,Wildflower — susanbright @ 9:44 pm

This Month’s book is Wildflower, the story of Joan Root. Julia Roberts will play Joan Root, the environmentalist who was murdered in Kenya in the 2010 movie, A Flowering Evil.  The movie, also produced by Roberts was inspired by an article about the life of Root which appeared in Vanity Fair August 2006.

 For more information about the movie check out this article.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article3953701.ece

To read the Vanity Fair article titled A Flowering Evil by Mark Seal ( the author of  Wildflower) go to:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2006/08/joanroot200608

November 15, 2009

Wildflower

Filed under: Wildflower — susanbright @ 10:32 pm

If you are reading this month’s book Wildflower by Mark Seal, you have got to check out this film clip produced by Joan Root, along with her husband Alan. It is truely amazing! What a remarkable life Joan Root led. 

http://www.wildfilmhistory.org/film/110/clip/24/The+value+of+Africas+blind+architects.html

November 11, 2009

Our Next Book Is Wildflower by Mark Seal

Filed under: What is next??,Wildflower — susanbright @ 9:12 pm

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December’s book is Wildflower by Mark Seal. Wildflower is the story of Joan Root, a British filmmaker and conservationist who lived  on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya until she was murdered at the age of 69. Was this a random act of violence or was Root targeted because of her environmental work in Africa?

In Root’s  last will and testament  she requested that her land be turned into an admission-free wildlife preserve.

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October 7, 2009

The Votes Are In

Filed under: What is next??,Wildflower — susanbright @ 10:12 am

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December’s book is Wildflower by Mark Seal. It looks like no one is too anxious to read Still Alice so I think we will take it off our list  for the time being. Although I understand it is a wonderful book I have to admit that I really wasn’t looking forward to reading a book about a women my age who developed Alzheimers. I have enough to worry about! At least I don’t have to worry about being murdered in my tent by masked men in Kenya!

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