Friday Morning Bookclub

July 28, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives In The Shadow Of The Banyan 3.5 Omelets


Amazon readers gave in The Shadow of the Banyan 4.6 stars

Goodreads readers gave In The Shadow of the Banyan 4.04 stars

The Friday Morning Bookclub was all over the place when it came to rating this month’s book. Some loved it and gave it 5 omelets and others only gave it 1 omelet. The one thing we could all agree on was that what was done to the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge was an atrocity.

The story told through the voice of 7-year-old Raami, is actually based on the experiences of the author. Vaddey Ratner, was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge came into power. Once again, I learned more about history by reading this book than I ever did in school. I highly recommend the audio book which is actually lyrical at times. I was one of those that thoroughly enjoyed the book….4 omelets for me!


July 16, 2013

Rate The Book: In The Shadow Of The Banyan By Vaddey Rattner

Help us rate our books! All votes and comments are welcomed!

July 11, 2013

Meet Vaddey Rattner, Author Of In The Shadow Of The Banyan

I was fortunate to hear Vaddey Rattner speak at The Gaithersburg Book Festival. She is truly inspirational. Watch this brief video!

July 8, 2013

This Month’s Book: In The Shadow Of The Banyan…………. In Three Words

shadowIn The Shadow of the Banyan is the heart-wrenching account of a young girl and her family living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who were forced to leave their home and life as they knew it by Khmer Rouge soldiers.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

 atrocity, perseverance, love

 Khmer Rouge terror

Horror, Courage, Love

beautifully told story

 unbearable, relentless, hopeful

educational, inspirational, lyrical

 cruelty, compassion, survival

And it was also a wonderful discussion book!

How would you describe this month’s book……in three words?

June 19, 2013

This Month’s Book: In The Shadow of the Banyan By Vaddey Ratner

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shadow“In the Shadow of the Banyan, is the story of  a 7-year-old Cambodian girl named Raami  and her struggle to survive under the Khmer Rouge.

The author, Vaddey Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came into power. For four years she lived under the brutal regime before escaping to the United States.

“Ratner’s remarkable debut novel transforms her childhood experiences into the finest of literary fiction . . . A powerful testament to the tenacity of love and family in the face of unspeakable inhumanity.”

-Caitlin Caufield, Indie Next List Great Reads

Please join us in reading this month’s book:

In the Shadow of the Banyan – Vaddey Ratner

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