Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring Valley Book Group

The Spring Valley Book Group generally meets the first Thursday of each month, at 7 Pm, at the Spring Valley Library.

In March we discussed Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge.

We'd selected this title because we were all feeling as if we hadn't read enough biographies recently, and none of us really knew much about Emily Post. We were all excited about this title!

Only about half the group finished the book. One person had been out of town, and a few others found the print size to be way too small.

Everyone who read and/or finished the book enjoyed it a lot. Emily Post's life spread from the stilted society days of the late Victorian era, all the way up to the start of Women's Lib. The changes she experienced, and dealt with impeccably, were amazing.

We chatted a lot about what a diverse person Emily Post had been. When you think about EP, you only think "manners." In reality, she had hugely wide-ranging interests, from architecture to clothing design to gardening.

Emily Post also formed a family "dynasty" in the manners business. Her Emily Post Institute still employs large numbers of her descendents.

No one disliked the book. The only "complaints" were about the length (the book was extremely long and detailed), and the previously mentioned print size. Overall the book was well-written and entertaining.

For pretty much the entire group, Emily Post is a "read once" book. How much do you really need to know about EP? But it is a book we'd recommend to friends with an interest in early 20th century America, and in women's issues.

On April 2nd, the group will be discussing:
King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema By Chopra, Anupama

We selected this to continue the "biography" theme, and to get more information about Bollywood, after Slumdog Millionaire did so well at the Oscars.

We'll be meeting at the Spring Valley Library on April 2nd at 7 pm. See you there!

1 comment:

mbirdie said...

Let me clarify something. 1. Shah Rukh Khan IS Bollywood. 2. Slumdog Millionaire is NOT Bollywood. After watching the movie I can say that there were only two Bollywood references in Slumdog, Amitabh Bachchan, and the song Aaj Ki Raat that was played in reference to a movie that Shah Rukh Khan was in. Slumdog Millionaire is a movie that is set in India, it does not necessarily mean its Bollywood. Thanks.