May, 2020

Our second zoom meeting was attended by Sandie, Anne, Cindy, Jodi, Karen and Jan on May 26, 2020. We haven’t been able to meet in our homes for three months, due to the corona virus pandemic and the last two months we have had zoom meetings to discuss the books we read and catch up.

We talked about our book for May, Brain on Fire, and about half of the members read it. Some thought the subject matter might be too dark, since it is a true story about a woman suffering from an unknown brain disorder. Those who read it, enjoyed the story of her journey to diagnose the cause of her symptoms. Eventually it was determined she had anti-nmda receptor autoimmune encephalitis. In 2009, she was the 217th person to be diagnosed with the disease and now the number is in the thousands. It is believed to have existed for centuries and has probably been the cause of many false diagnoses such as schizophrenia, autism, and bi-polar disorder. It is thought that 90% of cases go undiagnosed and if treated, 81% fully recover.

Sandie asked if anyone had read Untamed, by Glennon Doyle, which just came out in March and is already showing up on bestseller lists. None of our group has read it.

Karen read…

The Moment of Lift, by Melinda Gates, which we chose as the book to discuss in September.

How to be a Good Creature

Giver of Stars

Jodi suggested…


Nomadland – Surviving America in the 21st-century. About some women who close up their homes and travel in RVs in the 50s.

Suggestions about what to do/watch while we stay at home…

Insomnia Cookies at Sehome Village.

Cindy recommends The Kominsky Method on Netflix.

Ann recommends a foreign series on Netflix called Velvet.

Cindy also recommended The Great about Russia’s Catherine the Great, on Hulu.

Have a great summer. We will determine later this summer where we will meet for our first meeting in September. Keep track of interesting books you read during the summer to discuss at our next meeting so we can choose books to read during our next book club year.

Please let me know if there are any additions or corrections. Sandie