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Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Maximillian Potter
Wednesday, Aug 24
Hostess: Kris Carr
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive and exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison—a crime that, in the world of high-end wine, is akin to murder. Denver-based Vanity Fair journalist Maximillian Potter uncovered this sinister tale, which includes a sting operation by some of France’s top detectives and a dramatic investigation that takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, rich history, and small-town French politics. Thanks to Book Club co-chair Samantha Tanenholtz, we’ll even get to sample a fantastic wine from the Domaine A. & P. de Villaine vineyard while we discuss this unbelievable story! The wine sells for $70-90/bottle in restaurants, but our cost is only $10/glass (you can pay at the door).
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Friday, Sept 23
Hostess: Emily Conklin
Four male classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is one of them... who by midlife is a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood. This book is long—over 800 pages!—so start reading early and/or allow ample time to complete the book before our meeting... or beware of spoiler alerts!
Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met by Hao Jiang Tian
Thursday, Oct 13
Hostess: Cynthia Skari
Since his 1991 debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Hao Jiang Tian has appeared on the world’s greatest stages, more than 300 times at the Met alone. His autobiography is a tale of bittersweet humor, mortal danger, heartbreaking tragedy, and inspiring triumph—more passionate and turbulent than even the grandest opera—beginning with his childhood in China and including a stint in Colorado while he studied music at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (many of his Denver friends and hangouts are mentioned in the book). The author’s account offers unusual insights into life as it used to be in China and how, in contrast, opportunities practically jump up out of nowhere in the United States.
Hidden Star by Corinne Joy Brown
Thursday, Nov 10
Hostess: Nina O’Kelley
This fictional tale, based on historical facts, reveals a hidden past that has shaped our heroine’s family history for centuries. A modern-day member of northern New Mexico’s Hispanic community discovers a new truth about herself and her family following the disappearance of her two children. The journeys she embarks on—both physical and spiritual—lead her through the past and toward a newly imagined future. As we will learn, this kind of experience is shared by thousands of descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled Spain and Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries, seeking safe haven from the ruthless Spanish Inquisition; as converted Catholics, or Conversos, they established new communities throughout the New World, living as Catholics on the outside but guarding a precious (and often unrecognized) Jewish heritage in secret. Thousands of years later, the rituals and customs practiced by these people belie their present appearance... and raise important questions about faith, family, and identity itself.
This month, our Book Club will host the entire Denver Alumnae Chapter for a discussion with local author Corinne Joy Brown—novelist, historian, and former president of the Denver Woman’s Press Club. After a short general business meeting to cover DAC elections and announcements, Brown will treat us to a reading from her latest work and an intriguing lecture based on her vast research into the descendants of Spanish Jews (aka crypto Jews) who fled the Inquisition and settled in southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, and other areas in the American Southwest. You can get a copy of the book through your local library, at Amazon.com, or through the author directly: Visit www.CorinneJoyBrown.com and click ‘Mercantile’ to purchase online.
We will NOT have a routine discussion for this book, but the author WILL entertain questions about the book and/or her varied writings on Western history and culture during a general Q&A session. As hostesses, Book Club has agreed to provide an assortment of desserts for this event. Watch your email for more information and your opportunity to contribute to the dessert buffet.
Semi-Annual Planning Meeting & Holiday Book Exchange
Tuesday, Dec 6
Hostess: Robin Stinson
There is NO book to read for this month. Instead, we’ll gather for our annual book exchange (white elephant style, which means you can bring either a new book or one of your dog-eared favorites) and plan out our reading list and meetings for the first half of 2017. If you have any preferences for books or meeting dates, this is the time to weigh in! As always, send recommendations and/or offers to host a future meeting to the Book Club email address, DACBookClub@gmail.com.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Wednesday, Jan 18
Hostess: Jill Colbeck
A quick and easy read, this popular book is about a 15-year-old autistic boy named Christopher who, following the suspicious death of his neighbor’s dog, sets out to solve the “mystery” using the techniques of his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. The play version of the tale, which earned five Tony Awards including Best Play, will be on stage at the DCPA in May-June 2017. We are also looking for a non-fiction companion book about autism to complement this month’s discussion. If you have a recommendation, please send a message to the Book Club email address, DACBookClub@gmail.com.