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Greenhorn Valley Book Club Memories
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Book Club meeting in Betty Filpi's new home early in 2000. (From left to right around the table: Esther Engle, Carolyn Armstrong, Rose Sterk, Betty Filpi, Joye Marostica, Lee Foss, Mary Katherine Ruefer, Mary Smalling, Marianne Gilbertson.)
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During this time of self-isolation, our Greenhorn Valley Book Club members are discovering that browsing through much-loved books is almost as gratifying as surprise visits from old friends.

We are also remembering important lessons of life from discussions we had since our humble beginnings in 1991. Here are but a few:

Compassion for the mentally challenged. (Of Mice and Men)

Growth comes from adversity. (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

The importance of right choices. (Jane Eyre)

Life is an adventure, so live it well! (The Count of Monte Cristo)

We have read and discussed so many wonderful books through the years, but here are some of our very favorites:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

The Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amore

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Each year we have read and honored the work of an author with a local connection. One we will never forget is “Behind Barbed Wire and High Fences” by Helen Frances Buehl Angeny. It contains the memories of Phyllis Hochsteller’s parents during their World War II confinement in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.

As we focus on our club through years gone by, we wish to honor those members who are no longer with us and who are missed very much: Ellen Young, Emily Carmon, Doris Cranmer, Eva Chambers, Marilyn Hunter, Donna Blair, Ione Miller, Lavern Wachob, Betty Filpi, Betty Castiglia, Melva Orgill, Nancy Villalva, Carolyn Armstrong, and Mary Katherine Ruefer. We would like to express our gratitude for the friendship of these dear members by including here some photos from twenty years ago.

Our book for June is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. This is the story of life in a totalitarian society in what had been the United States of America. In the story, women are treated as property of the state in a world faced with environmental disasters.

Our Greenhorn Library has been so helpful in acquiring book club choices and providing curbside services in these challenging times. We wish to thank Librarian Katherine McLeod for all her support and for her work on a virtual book club.

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