The Crossings Book Club — April, May and June Meetings

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. “One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy.” She decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project. Her book “synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness” (from publisher’s blurb).

In May, we’ll be reading The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee, which describes her early life under a brutal and repressive dictatorship, her decision at age eighteen to leave the country, her harrowing escape and defection, and her long and ultimately successful struggle to help her family escape to South Korea. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, May 21.

June’s book will be A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett. Set in the political and religious turmoil of the sixteenth century and the struggle between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, the story follows the lives of Mary Fitzgerald and Ned Willard, who find themselves on opposing sides of the conflict. Leaving Mary behind, Ned finds himself in a world of intrigue and danger as one of Elizabeth’s new secret service. A Column of Fire is the third book in Follett’s Kingsbridge series, a sequel to The Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, June 18.

– LK

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