ST. LUKE’S BOOK CLUB
Our next read is The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadis. Tentative meeting date is March 4, at noon. Bring a lunch, bring friends and bring ideas for future book reads for us!
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”
Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
The next read will be The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. We will discuss this book on March 25th at noon.
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Upcoming films to be shown include the following.
March 11- RBG – the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2018)
RBG is a delightful, inspiring film on the Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, giving us the backstory the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who has become a pop culture icon. Long before she became known as the Notorious RBG, Ginsberg was a brilliant legal mind who was a courtroom ground-breaker in the battle for women’s rights. We are introduced to a host of friends, family and colleagues of RBG, in an inspiring recap of her life of hard work and determination. The film also recaps the wide-spread discrimination women faced in the work place, and throughout society, in the 1950s.
March 18 – The Strike (2006)
This fictionalized biopic of a respected Polish labor activist is nicely balanced between the political and the personal. “Strike” tells how the dismissal of aging crane operator Anna Walentynowicz provided the spark for the Solidarity trade union. Solidarnosc would later effectively bring down the Communist government in Poland. The story covers events in the Gdansk shipyard from 1970 through 1980. Anna heads the women’s wing of the shipyard union. The Communist party bosses not only exploit the shipyard workers, but they ignore safety regulations to increase productivity.
March 25 – On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint. 8 Academy Awards
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.
April 1 – The Post (2017) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. Nominated for two Oscars. 18 wins, 113 Nominations
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. With the publication of the Pentagon Papers, Kay Graham, owner of The Washington Post, must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America’s democratic ideals in the balance.
LIVING THE QUESTIONS SERIES
The classes this year, Thursday’s at 10, will revolve around topical questions using the Living the Questions series. There are 21 lectures, first seven in the winter, beginning January 16, second seven in the summer and final seven in the fall.
If you need further information, please contact Barb.