Friday Morning Bookclub

May 4, 2012

Meet William Landay, Author Of This Month’s Book: Defending Jacob

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I just finished reading Defending Jacob on my kindle. Something to think about after listening to the interview. Are you missing something by reading on an E-Reader?

December 1, 2011

Baltimore Through The Eyes Of The Author Of This Month’s Book: Laura Lippman

Join us in reading The Most Dangerous Thing!

November 11, 2011

Eishes Chayil AKA Judy Brown, Author Of This Month’s Book :Hush

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I am sure that it took a lot of courage for Judy Brown to write Hush and even more courage to reveal her real name. Judy Brown grew up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park. She wrote her book Hush under the pseudonym of Eishes Chayil in order to protect her friends and family.  Eishes Chayil  translates to Woman of Valor.   In the Orthodox community, a woman of valor is one who raises a family, keeps the laws and sustains the Jewish community. It represents a woman of strength.

Sexual abuse was not something people talked about in Judy Brown’s world, however when an  8 year old boy in Borough Park was sexually abused and  murdered shortly after her book was published Judy Brown revealed her identity.

“I refuse to continue to allow that fear to force me into hiding over a book that should have been written long ago. I no longer want to be known only as Eishes Chayil when my name is Judy Brown. I must find the courage to stand with the victims who carry the burden of our silence for the rest of their lives.”

Bravo Judy Brown!




October 6, 2011

Meet Zoe Ferraris, Author Of This Month’s Book: Finding Nouf

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Zoe Ferraris in Saudi Arabia

This is one of those rare cases in which I find the author to be as interesting as the book she wrote. Zoe Ferraris was born in Oklahoma. The daughter of an Army Officer, she relocated quite often with her family, living in numerous countries.  While attending college in San Francisco, Zoe met her husband to be, a Saudi Palestinian Bedouin and at the age of 19 they married. After the birth of their daughter and shortly after the first Gulf War,  the three of them traveled to Saudi Arabia for a “short trip” to meet the  relatives.  For close to a year they lived in a conservative community with her husband’s family. There were rules for everything, and women were not allowed to leave the house alone, or they would risk being  chased by the religious police and possibly even smacked with a whip.

Not long after returning to the United States, the couple divorced and Zoe’s husband moved back to Jeddah. She returns to Saudi Arabia from time to time and when in Saudi Arabia  wears a burka. Zoe completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University in 2006.  

Finding Nouf, Ferraris’s debut novel is a murder mystery which takes place in modern-day Saudi Arabia. and was published in 2008. Her second novel City of Veils which is also a murder mystery was published in 2010. Although I learned quite a bit about life in modern-day Saudi Arabia   just by reading Finding Nouf, I would love to hear more about  Zoe Ferraris’s experiences. I am sure that she has lots of stories to tell about her time in Jeddah as well as her relationships with her now ex husband’s family.

August 26, 2011

Meet Deanna Fei, The Author Of This Month’s Book: A Thread Of Sky

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Deanna Fei was born in Flushing, New York. She is a graduate of Amherst College and the Ohio Writer’s Workshop. Deanna was awarded a Fulbright grant which made it possible for her to travel to China and write her first novel, A Thread of Sky. She spent time in Beijing as well as Shanghai.  A Thread of Sky is both a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Indie Next Notable Book. Deanne lives in Brooklyn and is working on a second book which ” has nothing to do with China”.

June 16, 2011

Meet Daisy Goodwin, Author Of This Month’s Book: The American Heiress

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Daisy Goodwin was born in 1961 and is the daughter of film producer Richard B. Goodwin, the producer of Murder on the Orient Express.  Her mother named her Daisy after Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby.  At the age of 5 her mother left her father for another man and Daisy was sent along with her brother to live with her Grandmother in New Forest, returning to London two years later when her father remarried. She attended Westminster School in London, Trinity College in Cambridge and Columbia Film School. In 1985 Daisy was a trainee arts producer for the BBC and in 1998 was the head of factual programs for Talkback Productions. In 2005 she founded Silver River Productions. She has  published eight best-selling poetry anthologies and a memoir entitled Silver River as well as her first novel The American Heiress and is an award-winning British television producer. Daisy Goodwin lives in London with her husband Marcus Wilford an ABC TV executive, and their two daughters.

This month’s book The American Heiress was published in the UK August 2010 under the name My Last Duchess. The American Heiress will be released on June 21, 2011.

July 28, 2009

Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks

To learn more about Geraldine Brooks, the author of People of the Book, check out her official website. Her earlier book Year of Wonders looks  interesting.

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