Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson on April 2nd at 6:15 at Great Impasta February 22, 2008

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 2:54 am

3-cups-of-tea.jpgFrom Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse’s unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town’s first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson’s efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers’ hearts. (Mar.)

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February 20th, 2008-Run by Ann Patchett at Susan C’s house

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 2:30 am
Cool Women in Attendanc:Marci, Susan E, Susan C,  Heidi, Carolyn
Menu:
  • Pasta with nuts and Gorgonzola cheese
  • Salad
  • Creme Brulee

Memorable Moments:

  • We witnessed a lunar eclipse of the full moon with a jet trail underneath.  Very impressive!
  • Everyone enjoyed the book but disagreed on some of the elements of the book.  It definately stimulated good conversation.
  • There was some discussion as to whether the day and spacing between meetings worked and no one really wanted to change the date or spacing.