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Nancy's Notes - August 18, 2011

“Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See



  I have just completed “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See. This is a sequel to “Shanghai Girls”. See is also author of the best seller, “Snowflower and the Secret Fan”. I really had never had much interest in Asian history until I hit on these books. Each is set in a different time period in China’s history. They have very interesting information on different cultural aspects of the Chinese people. “Shanghai Girls” started in the city of the same name where two young women were brought up in the upper class. When the Japanese invaded their country, in order to save their lives, they end up in arranged marriages in the United States. The sequel begins twenty one years later when the  daughter of one of the women rebels against her family and runs off to China to find her roots. She believes that the communist state China is the answer to equality of all men. When she falls in love and becomes a country wife to man she barely knows, she finds herself stuck in the Chinese countryside during the “Great Leap Forward”. During this period as many as 45 million Chinese starved to death. 

    The Clarion Library has a book club which meets the fourth Thursday of each month in the library basement. We gather between noon and 1:00 p.m. There is a variety of personalities and ages which makes the discussion interesting with opinions from many perspectives. It is a great way to broaden your horizons and try reading something outside your ordinary realm. If you would like to join us stop at the front desk and pick up a book or just show up on the fourth Thursday.
    We have recently received a large donation of DVDs from a patron’s personal collection. Although they are not necessarily the latest titles, there are many that I’m sure will be new to you.
    Stop in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8;00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.