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Kona Stories announces book club discussions for March


(Photo courtesy of Kona Stories)

(Photo courtesy of Kona Stories)

Kona Stories offers both fiction and non-fiction monthly book clubs. Both meet once a month with lively discussions. Fiction group meets at 6:30 p.m. the 2nd Tuesday of the month and the non-fiction group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. No membership or fees are associated with these groups and you don’t have to attend every month, just come when you are around and join in. Bring a pupu or beverage to share. Kona Stories is located in the Keauhou Shopping Center in the courtyard shops on the KTA side. If you need more information call Brenda or Joy at 808-324-0350.

Second Tuesday Fiction Group
March 11, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m. – The Golem and the Jenni, by Helene Wecker

An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, The Golem and the Jinni tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. One is a golem, created out of clay to be her master’s wife—but he dies at sea, leaving her disoriented and overwhelmed as their ship arrives in New York Harbor. The other is a jinni, a being of fire, trapped for a thousand years in a copper flask before a tinsmith in Manhattan’s Little Syria releases him.

Each unknown to the other, the Golem and the Jinni explore the strange and altogether human city. Chava, as a kind old rabbi names her, is beset by the desires and wishes of others, which she can feel tugging at her. Ahmad, christened by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, is aggravated by human dullness. Both must work to create places for themselves in this new world, and develop tentative relationships with the people who surround them.

And then, one cold and windy night, their paths happen to meet.

Just the Facts Non-Fiction Group
March 25, 2014 @ 6 p.m. – The Graves are Walking, by John Kelly

In this masterful, comprehensive account of the Irish Potato Famine, delivered with novelistic flair, Kelly gives us not only the startling facts of this disaster—one of the worst to strike mankind, killing twice as many lives as the American Civil War—but examines the intersection of political greed, bacterial infection, religious intolerance, and racism that made it possible. Kelly brings new material to his analysis of relevant political factors during the years leading up to the famine, and the extent to which Britain’s nation-building policies exacerbated the mounting crisis. Despite the shocking, infuriating implications of his findings, The Graves Are Walking is ultimately a story of triumph—of one people’s ability to remake themselves in a new land in the face of the unthinkable.

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