November 4, 2011
Rose Russell hosted eighteen members of the Alpha Study Club on Oct. 25th. In the absence of the president, Deb Wentzien opened the meeting with an October poem dealing with the fall weather and the Halloween holiday. For roll call members were asked to guess the number of candy corn in a jar that also contained nuts. Pauline Flamme was the winner of the filled jar. Veta Hildebrand then gave her book review on the book “Moloka’I” This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—-and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—-but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka’i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that “few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel’s story” Deb closed the meeting with a cute reading regarding an “Affair With Candy”. Rose served a delicious Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and beverage. The next meeting will be on Nov. 8th at the home of Pat Goos.
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