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A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding

April 2017 book selection

A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding

by Jackie Copleton

April 5, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Have you reserved your spot at the table to talk about our April pick, A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton? This book, so gracefully written, will evoke both the peaceful, beautiful Japan we think of as well as the horrors of war.  It also will show us a family, lost in it’s own tortured past, but possibly with a brighter future than one of them could ever have imagined.  This book is about war and terror, but it is also about hope and humor.  There is kindness, where you will least expect it. There is lots to talk about here, so please make sure to reserve your seat at the table.  We meet on April 11, at either 2pm or 6pm. Please don't miss this one. 

March 29, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

What if you had spent your entire life grieving for a daughter and grandson you knew were killed by the hydrogen bomb, dropped on Nagasaki in 1945? What if, one day, all that you thought you knew, was turned on it’s head, and that grandson arrived at your door? It is a conundrum few of us would ever have to face, but author Jackie Copleton has written a magnificent story about just this.  A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding is a portrait of a city, before and after a horrendous day, and of the people left with scars, both visible and not.  The long buried family secrets come out, one by one in this beautifully written novel.  Please come and join the conversation, Tuesday, April 11 at either 2pm or 6pm.  See you then.

March 22, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding, our pick for April by Jackie Copleton, is a book about secrets.  Starting with the appearance of a badly disfigured man, claiming to be the grandson of Amaterasu Takahashi, a survivor of that long ago and terrible day when Nagasaki was bombed, the secrets slowly come pouring out.  This book will move you, but also make you ponder so many questions. What does it mean to accept someone as your family, even if you can't prove their identity. How do you define your own life? is it by family, friends or ideas you can't part with?

As you read this wonderful and dramatic book, I know you will find yourself asking many questions.  Come join us on Tuesday, April 11, at either 2pm or 6pm and we will try to answer your questions and ask even more.

March 15, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

For our April selection, I have chosen a small, but important book.  Jackie Copleton’s  A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding is a little bit about the terrible day, 77 years ago, in Nagasaki, and a lot about the aftermath in one particular family.  it is hard to imagine that the people in Nagasaki that day, woke up just like any other day, and fed their families, went shopping, fell in love and had secrets.  As the book begins, we see the result of that day on one man, a stranger, who has knocked on a door in Pennsylvania.

Please join us on April 11, at either 2pm or 6pm, to discuss this thoughtful and heartbreaking book.