Bumble's BOOK LIST for 1957s
On Saturday morning we will have breakfast discussion tables where we discuss the following books - we'd love to see you there.
1. It seems that Turkey interests many of us, so...
BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shadak pursues issues of the Armenian “exile” through stories and interactions of two families - one Turkish and the other Armenian-American. Turkish and Armenian cuisine are regular features, along with customs and urban life.
GARDEN OF WATERS by Alan Drew follows a Kurdish family living near Istanbul, in the aftermath of an earthquake, illuminating their culture displaced and the influence of well-meaning NGO missioners. Alan Drew, Random House Youngbloods add another Turkish author, Orhan Pamukʼs SNOW and Nelson Mandelaʼs CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF.
2. Minnesota Cultural Tune-Up may be accomplished through exploration of Garrison Keillorʼs LAKE WOBEGON novels. He does have a touch with affection, imagination, humor and philosophical musings. PONTOON is crazy funny. Iʼm in the middle of WOBEGON BOY and will get back to LAKE WOBEGON DAYS. We know the characters.
3. Carleton/Northfield/Kathmandu are featured in Mary Ellen Frameʼs collection of stories and letters of her (class of ʼ61) brother Mikeʼs work in Nepal during and after his time with the Peace Corps, published by Larchill Press and available through the CC bookstore or Mary Ellen herself. A STONE HOUSE AT POKHARA is about building.
4. Parker Palmer, class of ʼ61, now a Quaker and a retreat leader, has written several books connecting education, vocation and spiritual development. His latest in 2011 is HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY, published by Jossey-Bass. I have read his books, especially TO KNOW AS WE ARE KNOWN, and enjoyed his presentation at their 50th reunion last June.
Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions in the comments section.