Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Answers to some Questions about My Last Entry

Diane and Dawn both had some good questions about my last entry, so, I decided to clarify them here!

My book club book for this last month was 'Running with Scissors' by Augusten Burroughs.  I liked it a lot, but it was very raw, shocking, in fact.  It is not a book for the faint hearted, or narrow-minded.  There are many ugly topics in this book but also, humor. 

It has been made into a movie that will be released in Fall 2006, with a lot of big names.... I am excited about that.

On my own I also read Augusten's sequel memoir, 'Dry'.  I liked it better than 'Scissors' but you have to read them in order to get the full effect of the story.

Truth is stranger than fiction, and Augusten wrote journals for hours each day.  His books were out before the 'Frey/Oprah' incident, and have been thoroughly checked and found to be true.  I even did some digging myself, and was quite satisfied.

I picked the book for this months upcoming club meeting.  The book I chose is 'A Thread of Grace' by Maria Doria Russell.  It is a fictional account based in fact of the 43,000 jews that sought refuge in Italy and were in fact, saved by Italians.  Many were not saved, but most were, and even after 1943, after Mussolini turned to the Allies, Italy was not a land of peace and helping the Jews were not easy. 

I am excited and looking forward to the discussion, this is a topic that my club has not tackled before.  It is fun to see where everyone falls.  The next club meeting is a brunch at my house!  Yikes, pressure!  LOL  Nah, just bagels, muffins, and stuff.  I will keep it simple and easy.

To answer, another query, yes, my hubby is my son's football coach.  He was not head coach of the age group, but was in charge of defense.  This past season he was one of three coaches, next year, he will be one of two, unless he and his buddy pick up another assistant!

And, yes, Dawn, beer and wine and drinks at church!  It was not a church function, but the Knights of Columbus, and yes, it is a Catholic church.  The K of C can't fit everyone who comes into their hall for this Comedy show, so they rent the church auditorium.  There were 340 people in attendance at $25 a ticket.  All the money was for a local children's charity.

So, there ya have it!

Be well,



lv2trnscrb said...

I think its neat you belong to a book discussion group like this, Dawn. We have a few in town; just haven't gotten around to participating. Thanks for the review on Running with Scissors; was wondering about getting that to read.

Enjoy your getaway next week :)


dizarra said...

There are no such thing here in town, at least I don't think there is, but hey-sounds like you have a good time and great discussions; thanx for the book tips,
I have heard of both, and I will read them in order. ~Diane~

jckfrstross said...

have a great evening:)


lurkynat said...

great answers Dawn! ((((Dawn))))

dawngepfer said...

Mysteries solved!!!  Thanks for sharing.  And thanks for the reading suggestions - I think I'll check out all 3 of those myself.  Let us know what else makes the circuit, OK?  I'm always open to expanding my ever-growing "to read" list.

andytk said...


I did a google search on Orencia and found your blog, is it still going well?
My husband is due to start it this month, he is in pretty rough shape and nothing I mean nothing has helped, your blog leaves me with some hope. Please update me on your condition