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The next book club is back at our normal day and time (the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.) - January 30th at 6:30 p.m. We've chosen 2 books. The first, A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake, will be the main discussion. The second, Beneath the Scarlett Sky by Mark T. Sullivan, will be a less formal discussion. Choose one book to read or both (or none) but be ready to reunite and have a great evening.
Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 p.m.
A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake
Synopsis: After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture—and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academia. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt—the subject of her mother’s own research.
Nearly two centuries earlier, Tom Russell, a gifted blacksmith and slave, grappled with a terrible choice: arm the uprising spearheaded by members of the fiercely independent African Methodist Episcopal Church or keep his own neck out of the noose and protect the woman he loves.
Kate’s attempts to discover what drove her mother’s dangerous obsession with Charleston’s tumultuous history are derailed by a horrific massacre in the very same landmark church. In the unimaginable aftermath, Kate discovers a family she never knew existed as the city unites with a powerful message of hope and forgiveness for the world.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
Synopsis: Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.
In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.
After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lanepaints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
**It is not a requirement to read the book to attend book club.
Our final First Friday in 2017. Join us as we host Ali Blackwood a Graphic Designer for the Inlander and painting instructor at Pinot's Palette in Spokane, who is showcasing her original paintings. Check out her work at her website aliblackwood.com. Entertainment provided by local musician, the talented Robby French.
Bring appetizers or dinner and enjoy a fun evening at the winery.
Join local artist and art teacher Becky Lathrop as she walks us through painting a wine glass* you’ll be able to drink wine out of all holiday season and beyond. Choose from one of 4 wine glass designs created by Becky. $30 cost includes wine glass for painting, all supplies, a glass of wine, and a sweet treat.
Limited space available, prepayment for this event is required; click on the ticket link below to sign-up.
*Glasses shown are just an example and are not the glasses we will be painting.
Always a fun evening at the winery!
Entertainment by NW Skyes starts at 4:30
Featured artist, Jim Coleman, landscape photographer. If you didn't get a chance to see his work in October, come check his photography out in November.