The Toscana Book Club had its first meeting in November at Kathleen Capalbo’s home to listen to renowned author, Kiana Davenport discuss her novel, House of Many Gods. Ms. Davenport is an American author of part-Hawaiian ancestry. Her novels are connected combining Hawaiian family saga with references to Hawaiian political and social history from the 18th century to present days. House of Many Gods is also a love story about two very diverse individuals. It was a pleasure to hear how and why she wove this interesting tale.
Our second meeting was held on Thursday, January 19 in the Movement Studio. Our group read the memoir of the Cuban revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. Carlos Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He won the U.S. National Book Award for non-fiction. This memoir was chosen for the prestigious book of 2016, One Story, One San Diego.
At this meeting, we had the privilege of having Toscana Member, Gloria Alvarez as our guest speaker. Gloria’s story, although somewhat different than Mr. Eire’s, arrived in Miami at four years old after Castro’s revolution with her courageous mother. Gloria explained what the revolution did to Cuba and what it meant to her family and her fellow Cubans. It was a factual and emotional journey that 35 of our gals are still talking about. Kudos to you, Gloria!
Our next Book Club meeting is on Thursday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m in the Movement Studio to discuss the novel, The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be added to our monthly news, please email Kathleen. All are welcome!
“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.”