The Clive Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every
month in the Community Room at the Clive Public Library. Informative
discussions are held on the chosen novel with impressions and opinions
being shared by all. Anyone interested may attend any or all of the
monthly discussions and new members are always welcome. There is no cost
to participate. Some copies of most selections are available for
checkout at the Library.
This month we are reading Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson.
From the cover:
"Jim and Jen had always dreamed of taking a family sabbatical in another
country, so when they lost half their savings in the stock-market crash,
it seemed like just a crazy enough time to do it. High on wanderlust,
they left the troubled landscape of contemporary America for the
Croatian mountain village of Mrkopalj, the land of Jennifer's ancestors.
It was a village that seemed hermetically sealed for the last one
hundred years, with a population of eight hundred (mostly drunken)
residents and a herd of sheep milling around the post office. For
several months they lived like locals, from milking the neighbor's cows
to eating roasted pig on a spit to desperately seeking the village
recipe for bootleg liquor. As the Wilson-Hoff family struggled to stay
sane (and warm), what they found was much deeper and bigger than