June Book Club

The book selection for June is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. We are meeting on June 18th at 6:30pm.

“Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.” ~From Goodreads.com

Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Wonderous… masterful… The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.” –Entertainment Weekly

“One gorgeous read.” -Stephen King

“Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” -Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Book Group is pleased to partner with ‘Reading Opens Minds’ and founder/program director, Lauren Lovett.  Book selections for upcoming discussions will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If you would like to be placed on the email-announcement list, please contact us here and let us know you want to join the Book Club.

Health Lecture June 10th – Management of Aortic Stenosis

On June 10th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 18th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

Our topic for June is “Management of Aortic Stenosis”. UCLA interventional cardiologist William Suh, MD, will discuss diagnosis and management of aortic stenosis including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, an alternative to open heart surgery.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 10th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club. This event is co-sponsored with UCLA Health. Please RSVP by calling (800) 516-5323

Health Lecture May 13th – The Modern Approach to Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation

On May 13th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 17th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

Our topic for May is “The Modern Approach to Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation”. Our presenter will be UCLA plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian, M.D. Dr. Roostaeian will discuss the latest techniques in facial aesthetic surgery and rejuvenation that give real results without losing one’s natural appearance.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club. This event is co-sponsored with UCLA Health. Please RSVP by calling (800) 516-5323

May Book Club

The book selection for May is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. We are meeting on May 21st at 6:30pm.

“We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue be having as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.” ~From Goodreads.com

The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Book Group is pleased to partner with ‘Reading Opens Minds’ and founder/program director, Lauren Lovett.  Book selections for upcoming discussions will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If you would like to be placed on the email-announcement list, please contact us here and let us know you want to join the Book Club.