Monthly Archives: April 2008

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  The end of April brings a close to Poetry Month.  I thought I would share this website that can make everyone a poet. It is great for the kids too POETRY FORMS  


Heroes = Heroine


Fiesta 2008Our discussion last night was an interesting one, as always.  We all seemed to enjoy the book GATES OF THE ALAMO.  The born Texans in the group enjoyed how folklore gave way to realism and the new texans found the history explained quite a a bit about San Antonians.  Elke gave us a review of her trip to the Alamo the day before, making us all say we need to get down there soon. Her news clippings also re-educated us. Our vocabulary was increased thanks to Adrianne. (Elke if you can please list some of the words Addie defined for us in a comment below, I want to remember them) We appreciated Mr. Harrigan’s realistic fictional account of the famous battle for reigniting our interest in Texas history; from those of us who studied it in grade school and have long forgotten it to those of us who learned it when they arrived to the Lone Star state.  

One of our discussion questions was, who did we consider the heroes of the story?  There was an overwhelming agreement on Professor, the trusty canine that endures so much.  Then with all seriousness we also agreed on Mary Mott.  We felt that the story of her search for her son and the love she had for Mr. McGowen was told so well that we felt her pain and persistence.  Another question was, what did not seem realistic?  We couldn’t think of anything. The descriptions of everything from the smells to the long journeys were told so realistic that there seemed little left to the romanticism of the legend.

Here is the document on which we based our discussion, it is all I could find. harrigan_curriculum

Finally, thanks to Teresa for hosting.  We especially loved the Aunty Em’s Kennel Korn!

Please add your comments to this summary of April book club whether you attended or not.  

Let’s toss a few flowers!


  April Book

In the spirit of Fiesta and the observation of the battle of San Jacinto (I believe that is what Fiesta is about), this in the perfect book.  I must confess that it took a bit of a push for me to read it.  Mostly because I’ve never been big on westerns.  But I loved it.     



2008 Book Titles by Month






Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen


Little Love Story

Roland Merullo


Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Mosseini


Gates of the Alamo

Stephen Harrigan


The Other Boleyn Girl

Phillipa Gregory


Fallen Angels

Tracy Chevalier


Devil in the White city

Eric Larson



Marek Halter



Sandra Cisneros


Dracula (Signet Classics)

Brahm Stoker


Autobiography of Santa Claus

Jeff Gunn

Hello Fellow Readers!


Welcome to our blog. This is our new site for book club.  I thought it might be a good place to post information regarding our book of the month thoughts.  I will not post the detail information of dates and places so our meeting reminders will be continue to be sent out on a regular basis.  Please comment your thoughts or any links you think we might want us to check out related to what we are reading.

Take a look at the OUR BOOKS page (top right corner)  Thanks Rebecca G. we have a comprehensive list of our books from our 12 years of reading together.  Leave a reply about a favorite you read.