July 2, 2014, Wednesday afternoon -- Reading Isaac Asimov

Seeking shelter from the wind against a sheep fence, overlooking, Castlerigg, a stone circle thought to be older than Stonehenge (in the Lake District, England, where I'm on vacation)
They are reading aloud to each other Pebble in the Sky, by Isaac Asimov.  It's for their book club. They're visiting from Newark, Delaware (pronounced the same way as Newark, New Jersey, but a different place).  Happy Fourth of July! It's only fitting that I've photographed Americans for this post.

At the book club meeting their daughter-in-law, who chose the book, will make a meal inspired by the story.  It's their tradition.  They don't know what that meal will be yet...the book is set in the future.  Other books chosen for their book club include Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, and John le Carré 's latest book, A Delicate Truth (his choice); as well as The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean (her choice).

She likes books that are well researched, and does her own research while reading.  For example, when she read The Madonnas of Leningrad, which is a historical novel set when the city was blockaded in World War II, about a woman who works as a docent at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), she found online pictures of the art work described in the book.

Her favorite author might be Agatha Christie, who she picks up, along with saltines and hot tea when she's not feeling well.  His favorite authors are le Carré and Tom Clancy.


Kathy O. said...

Thank you for posting such a flattering photo! We loved the Lake District and hope to return someday. And fancy bumping into you the next day at Dove Cottage - ah, serendipity!

(btw, Newark, DE is pronounced New-Ark because in the 1700s & 1800s it was referred to as New Ark. The NJ city is NEW-erk.)

sonya worthy said...

Thanks for the New-Ark correction. I was thinking they're both pronounced New-ark. It's been a while since I was in the East Coast.
Have a good book club meeting! It was great to meet you that day. After we talked, we had lunch in the wind and the whole time were talking about how smart you were for sitting next to the wall.... One couple got up and went to eat in their car.