During our November meeting we started discussing we will be discussing the second half of the Echo In the Bone in the continuing saga of Jamie and Clare Fraser, which will bring us up to date until Diana Gabaldon finishes her next book. We will meet on Monday, December 19 at 6:00 pm in the McIntyre Room. It will be our annual Holiday party as well so bring goodies and drinks. If you are a fan of Clare and Jamie's, join us. If you are an ardent Jane Austen fan, join us as well.
The queen of water is a basically true story of Virginia, a Quichua girl of Ecuador, born in a poor mountain village. At the age of seven, Virginia is given to a mestizo couple to care for their little boy--supposedly for a monthly salary and with frequent visits home. (In Ecuador, mestizo generally means people who are not indigenous, or of Native American origin.) But Virginia finds that she is really their slave, expected to do whatever they tell her.
Don't deny this happens to you. We all get down, hit a rough patch, lose a job or get a divorce. Sometimes a gripping action movie is just what you need. But sometimes nothing works but a good, heartwarming laugh. For those moments, there is one author I can always count on. He's gone now, but his works will endure. The author is James Herriot, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, or Alf.