Friday, February 8, 2013

Typical Book Group Report - 10

The Typical Book Groupers got together last night to discuss My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss.  I was expecting a low turn out, since the book was hard to get, but there were 11 of us there.  We wound up buying 2 copies, getting one copy from our library, and another copy from another library, and sharing all of them, so it worked out.

In truth, I don't think that we have ever talked about a book so little.  We talked a ton, but about everything other than the book.  Everyone said that they liked MBK, but no one had tried any of the recipes yet.

We were surprised how much we had forgotten about the Berlin Wall and life surrounded by it during the 23 years since it was taken down.  How can it possibly have been 23 years since it came down??  We remember the dancing on the wall remnants, but it's hard to remember, let alone imagine, that West Berlin was this little island of freedom within a communist country.  None of us had read anything set in Germany other than World War II stories, so it was nice to read about someplace new.

Next month we'll be reading The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Still Reading:  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

Still Listening to:  Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.  Zeitoun is the story of a family living in New Orleans during the Katrina Hurricane.  Right now, I'm up to the point where they know that a big storm is coming, but aren't sure how much of the news hype to believe.  As I was listening, the news people in real life were going nuts trying to get us scared about  winter storm Nemo.  When did they start naming winter storms anyway?  It's just funny because I feel like Zeitoun does, thinking that the storm won't be nearly as bad as the news people are telling us it will be, even though I know that his storm in fact turned out to be worse than anyone even imagined.  So far my kids have gotten a snow day out of Nemo, even though we've only gotten a few inches of snow.  I'm not expecting anything of Katrina-like proportions, but then again, neither was Zeitoun!

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