So, where are we going to begin? I know some of the suggestions were No Woman, No Cry Benazir Bhutto autobiography

It is early and I am going blank- can't remember the others.... maybe we could go through the suggestions and pick something for the month of August in the next two days.

I have the Benazir Bhutto book waiting to be picked up at the library because I was going to read it anyway, but absolutely open to anything.

Darcey

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Was going through the World Pulse site and one more thing we could consider also is reading one of the books that is highlighted in the Arts section. There are quite a few to choose from, and maybe it could be for the next time...but maybe they could be considered as well since they are recommended on the site. ?? Darcey

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." — John Lennon

Hi all!

i'm so excited about this book club. What a neat way to connect and learn about the big beautiful world around us. I think Darcey's idea of using the books in the Arts section of World Pulse is great! I would love to read the books we've discussed before, the "No Woman no cry" or the Benazir Bhutto biography. I also liked the idea of reading books from Jamaica and Nigeria. I think the books listed in the Arts section sound phenomenal. I would like to read them all someday. Some of thebooks in the Arts section that stood out to me were:

Wild Mulberries

Tears of the Desert: A memoir of survival in Darfur

The House at Sugar Beach: In search of a lost African childhood

Unaccustomed Earth (I've read some of her other works, they are lyrical and lovely)

What do you all think?

delighted, Jody

Hello!

I've been eavesdropping on the bookclub conversation and when I saw a group was formed, I couldn't wait to join! I had been part of a bookclub with friends here in Portland but had to drop out due to schedule conflicts and because the books chosen were not the books I was yearning to read. But looking at the suggestions here... I am so eager to dive into the books and discuss them with you all.

I also love the idea of reading suggested World Pulse books, mostly because I know what those books are and have them already on my list to read. I just bought a used copy of Benazir Bhutto's autobiography yesterday... so I vote for that first! Though I am game for anything.

Thanks Kizzie for this great idea and everyone else for jumping into the World Pulse Book Club!

Cheers, Jade

I just picked up a copy of "Daughter of Destiny" yesterday at the library that I had on hold. So- how about we just go with it? I am starting tonight!!!!

I have never been in a book club- I am so excited- finally somebody to share book ideas with, I love it!!!

Darcey

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." — John Lennon

Hello all,

So, I am in for the Benazir Bhutto autobiography too. Shall we read it first? I want to clarify to, because there are a few biographies about her. Are we would read her autobiography "Daughter of Destiny"?

I'm so excited about our group. Can't wait to read and discuss and learn from you all.

I know this is going to be a lovely experience.

Looking forward to connecting with all of you!

Jody

Kizzie, Jode, Jade, Darcy and all book lovers, I hear 3 strong voices for Daughter of Destiny about and by Benazir Bhutto. I too say we go for that- Darcey and Jade already have the book! Let's take the energy and run with it. Kizzie, are you game? So far the following members have shown interest:

Nasrat Ara, Tanya, Jode, Jade, Darcy, myself, of course, Kizzie, Sharese, Christina, giftypearl- that makes 10 of us. I hope I'm not overlooking anyone. Kizzie- our fearless leader- what do you say we declare Daughter of Destiny as our first pick.

Comments?? So look forward to reading and dialoguing!

Laura

I am traveling to the US on the 19th of August and will be able to get the book then :) While in the states I will get Daughter of Destiny as well as No Woman No Cry. Let me know other ideas for book so I can get them while I am in the States as my options are limited in Jamaica.

Much Peace and MUCH MUCH excitement!

Love, Sharese

Hello ladies,

I would love to read Daughter of Destiny! So, I think we can pick it as our September book. I think we should start in September to give all of us enough time to buy the books:)

Can we agree on this plan?

First Book:- No Woman No Cry by Rita Marley or Daughter of Destiny by Benazir Bhutto

Second Book:- Letters From Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi OR Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie OR Daughter of Destiny by Benazir Bhutto

Third Book:- mabye we can have suggestions from Latin America and North America?

Here are some other options from other members:)

Dragon Fighter: One Woman’s Epic Struggle for Peace with China Rebiya Kadeer with Alexandra Cavelius | Kales Press, 2009

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Jacqueline Novogratz | Rodale Books, 2009 | Global Memoir… Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz reflects on her personal fight against global poverty and future of sustainable philanthropy.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World Terry Tempest Williams | Pantheon, 2008 | Global Pieced together literary masterpiece… story begins with an answered prayer: Off the coast of Maine, she asks the sea to give her “one wild word” and the word it returns to her is “mosaic.

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | HarperCollins, 2009 | Liberia Africa’s first female president rise to power. The year- 2005, after 14 years of civil conflict, the Republic of Liberia has made its call for change manifest in the election of Johnson Sirleaf.

Burnt Shadows Kamila Shamsie | Picador, 2009 | Global Pakistani writer - epic story of new beginnings opens in 1945 when Hiroko Tanaka, a young Japanese woman, and Konrad Weiss, a German man, fall in love and plan to marry. But their plans are obliterated in an instant when Konrad is killed in the bombing of Nagasaki.

My Hope for Peace Jehan Sadat | Free Press, 2009 | Egypt Mother, distinguished professor, peace advocate, activist, leader, and the widow of slain Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Anwar Sadat writes a collection of essays.

In Returning to My Mother’s House, Gail Straub | High Point, 2008 | Global An empowerment leader and compassionate mother to us all, encourages men and women to seek and reclaim their own inner compasses using the wisdom of the feminine.

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine Spiegel & Graub, 2008 | Cambodia Memoir, which moves from her early life in the jungles of her homeland to her current global activism.

Half of A Yellow Sun Chimimanda Adichie Haunting, novel that takes place in Nigeria (1960-70s) during Biafra’s impassioned struggle to create an independent republic in Nigeria.

No Woman, No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley Rita Marley. Widow of Bob, mother of Ziggy, tells of growing up poor in Jamaica, loving ambitious Marley, and how her life changed when he became pop music's first Third World superstar. Now business manager of Marley's legacy, Rita is a strong woman whose angle on him is fresh and authoritative.

THIS IS FROM LAURA

Tears of the Desert: A memoir of survival in Darfur

The House at Sugar Beach: In search of a lost African childhood

Unaccustomed Earth (I've read some of her other works, they are lyrical and lovely)

THIS IS FROM JODELIGHT

Kizzie

hey ladies! I've got the Benazir Bhutto book! I just started it, I couldn't help it, I know it's our september book. I just get so curious. As for other books. I love the suggestions from you all. I want to read everything! I am particularly drawn to:

Dragon Fighter: One Woman’s Epic Struggle for Peace with China Rebiya Kadeer with Alexandra Cavelius | Kales Press, 2009- from the World Pulse book list

Half of A Yellow Sun Chimimanda Adichie Haunting, novel that takes place in Nigeria (1960-70s) during Biafra’s impassioned struggle to create an independent republic in Nigeria.

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | HarperCollins, 2009 | Liberia Africa’s first female president rise to power. The year- 2005, after 14 years of civil conflict, the Republic of Liberia has made its call for change manifest in the election of Johnson Sirleaf.- I'm so fascinated with Liberia, I actually heard President Sirleaf speak a few years ago. She is incredible!

No Woman, No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley Rita Marley. Widow of Bob, mother of Ziggy, tells of growing up poor in Jamaica, loving ambitious Marley, and how her life changed when he became pop music's first Third World superstar. Now business manager of Marley's legacy, Rita is a strong woman whose angle on him is fresh and authoritative.

Those have particular interest to me. I am game for whatever you all decide though:)

jody

I saw it mentioned in a post that we need an author from the U.S. I think her books would be pretty accessible the world-over. The problem is picking which book among all of her that is the most revalent. Just a suggestion. Anyone agree?

  • Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism
  • Bone Black: memories of girlhood
  • Where We Stand: Class Matters

There are so many. Reading Bell Hooks when I was a teenager built the foundation of who I am today. Holy goodness!