AWC Going Dutch April 2019

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The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

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Ongoing Activities

Book Clubs

The AWC Book Clubs are open to all readers,

and new Members are especially welcome!

There are no requirements that you

must attend every meeting or lead a discussion.

Snacks are provided by a different

Member each month. There are two Book

Clubs hosted by AWC Members: One in the

daytime and one in the evening. Questions?

Teresa Mahoney organizes the daytime

group and can be reached at bookclubday@

awcthehague.org. Dena Haggerty handles

the evening meetings and can be reached at

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org. reading!

Daytime Book Club

April Selection:

Who Asked You? by Terry

McMillan

When Who Asked You?

begins, Trinetta leaves

her two young sons with

her mother, Betty Jean,

and promptly disappears.

BJ already has her hands

full dealing with her other

adult children, two opinionated

sisters, an ill husband,

and her own postponed dreams—all

the while holding down a job delivering

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

May 23: Perfume River by Robert Olen

Butler

June 27: The Witch Elm by Tana French

room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is

about to be paroled from prison; Quentin,

the family success, can’t be bothered to lend

a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons

is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

But who asked her?

Thursday, April 25

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Daytime Book Club Recap – February

We discussed Milkman by Anna Burns, a

novel about social oppression and intimidation

in a war-like setting, presumably

Belfast in the seventies during The Troubles.

No physical places are mentioned, nor do

we get to know names of people. We only

learn of the characters’ relationship to the

protagonist, an 18-year-old girl stalked by

a renouncer called “Milkman”. Burns’ language

reminds us of James Joyce, the way

she describes in stream-of-thought fashion

the isolation the protagonist must deal with

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for being unjustly found guilty of adultery

by a society where you are driven to trust

only yourself. We all recommend this book,

especially the audio version.

Evening Book Club

April Selection:

The Song of Achilles by

Madeline Miller

A tale of gods, kings, immortal

fame, and the human

heart, The Song of

Achilles is a dazzling literary

feat that brilliantly

reimagines Homer’s enduring

masterwork, The

Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic

love story, a marvelously conceived and

executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental

debut novel has already earned resounding

acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s

brightest lights. Fans of Mary Renault,

Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and

Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series

will delight in this unforgettable journey

back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

Evening Book Club Reading List:

May 8: TBA

The location changes every month, so

please contact Dena at bookclubevening@

awcthehague.org if you are interested in

attending.

Wednesday, April 10

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA

FREE

Evening Book Club Recap – February

It’s no surprise Rachel Kushner’s The Mars

Room was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

It is a beautifully written book that focuses

upon a topic rarely seen in the world of

fiction: women in prison. Main character

Romy Hall’s voice comes through with such

clarity that it’s as if Romy were standing

next to us telling her story out loud. But

this was not an easy story to read. On the

contrary, Romy’s life was the stuff of which

nightmares are made. A kid who got off >> 16

Cancellation Policy

Members may reserve a spot for an AWC tour, activity or

event in advance. Payment is required within five business

days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever

is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist.

It is the responsibility of the Member to notify the Club at

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com to cancel a reservation

prior to the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will

be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the cancellation deadline.

Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation

provided that arrangements are made with the tour, activity

or event organizer. Members shall be held responsible for

their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.

AWC Guest Policy

Guests are welcome

to participate in AWC

activities and tours on

a limited basis. As a

nonmember, a guest

is limited to attend

two functions per

calendar year and will be

charged an additional

nonmember fee. Only

Members are entitled to

use babysitting services.

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