Clive Book Club Reads "Running Away to Home"
Feb 26, 2013
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
|Where||Clive City Hall Community Room|
|Contact Name||Teri Nelson|
|Contact Phone||515 453-2221|
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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 themselves."