THE ARTFUL READERS CLUB

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray The year is 1905 and Jim Crow is progressively moving north. Belle De Costa Greene is hired away from Princeton University to become the director of American titan financier and industrialist J.P Morgan’s personal library and art collection. It’s not long before she’s charming New …

THE ARTFUL READERS CLUB

THE MEMORY OF AN ELEPHANT by ALEX LASKER Stunning, extraordinary, profound, thought-provoking and emotional… a must read for all elephant lovers! This is a deftly told epic story that brings the beauty and the wild cruelty of Africa vividly to life. (It also reminds us that humans don’t deserve to live on this planet!) “The …

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“ONE FOR THE BLACKBIRD, ONE FOR THE CROW” by OLIVIA HAWKER THE SETTING: It’s 1870 on the eastern Wyoming prairie, in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains. Two families (the Bemis family and the Webber family) with adjoining homesteads eke out a living on their farms, about 20 miles from the nearest neighbor or town. …

MUSIC, ART…and SO MUCH BEAUTY

A weekend immersed in nature, art and music…heaven to me! Michael and I spent a few weekends ago in Ithaca, N.Y. It’s a sweet university town (Cornell University and Ithaca College) known for its natural beauty. In the heart of the Finger Lakes, it has more than 100 waterfalls, gorgeous gorges and challenging hiking trails. …

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Although our time in Toronto was filled with music, shoe-shopping and lots of eating, Michael and I also did our part helping Michelle with volunteer clothes-sorting for a locally based charity called SAFETYNET…something she and her neighbor do almost every Sunday. SAFETYNET is an organization that provides wrap-around services that encourage independence and helps break …

ART CATCH UP…POTPOURRI

Do frequent trips to Canada count? Since Michelle’s and my trip to Italy in October/November 2021, we’ve been to Canada to see our dear family. Italy just whet our appetites to travel more…we’re used to journeying far and wide…anywhere we wish to go. Because of COVID, our passport has been inactive . Michael and I …

THE ARTFUL READERS CLUB

“FOUR NAILS” by G.J.BERGER Once upon a time, there was a young Indian boy…an elephant trainer… named Ashoka. Forced into slavery to help his family survive, he became known an “elephant whisperer” of sorts, after successfully training Four Nails, an unusually enormous, wild elephant. He eventually became head mahout in Hannibal’s army as they marched …