Hey there! How did you like the beautiful weather this past weekend? Our family got together along Virginia’s eastern shore and, aside from a day of fishing that involved a lot of water in the boat, we had a fairly relaxing weekend.
With a few idle hours on the beach to motivate us, we’re here today to announce our summer picks for the Seasoned Book Club. That’s right, this season we have two books lined up, both are by Alexandra Fuller. The first, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood is about her childhood in Africa. The second, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness explores Fuller’s parents’, and particularly her mother’s, life in Africa. Our plan is to read Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs first and discuss it sometime in mid-July. Then we’ll pick up Cocktail Hour and discuss it towards the end of August.
What inspired these picks? Sarah and I love to travel, and we particularly love international trips where we can immerse ourselves in another culture. Unfortunately, after a whirlwind of travel in 2012, it seems that we’ve both suffered from a cold-spell and are starving for something exotic. With nothing big on the horizon (yet!), we’re turning to books to get our fix. Granted, these books contain some heavy material and aren’t a fairy tale view of the land, but we think the material will make for a really interesting read and discussion.
Having never traveled to Africa, we are both so excited to jump into this adventure, and we hope you’ll join us!