The following books are “assigned” for the next quarter of the PWR (Powerful Women Readers) on-line book club.  All are available at public libraries and  second hand or new through Amazon. All except Sea Change are available in paperback. I chose these three books because they were all on my TBR (To be read) shelf in my book closet.  I have been wanting to read these books for a long time.  Some come recommended by friends, others by other book clubs.  You should pick one of the three to read by our next get-together which should be in approximately three months.Get a copy or copies and get started this weekend.

Let’s begin with Sea Change by Frank Viva, a prominent artist and designer who lives in Toronto.  This is a children’s book that is not your usual children’s book, nor is it illustrated like conventional children’s books.  Looking at the cover and speculating about the very adult topic was enough to cause me to purchase it at Half Price Books.  I will read it first and will loan out my copy to borrow.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden has been read and discussed by many book clubs worldwide. This novel was published in 1997 and is rapidly becoming a classic, primarily because so many people have read it. It lets us peek into another culture and another time so unlike our own that reading it is bound to be an illuminating experience.

The final book is by one of my favorite science fiction writers, Madeline Engle (author of A Wrinkle in Time).   It tells of the continuing adventures of the Murry family AFTER the famous trilogy, A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (All of which I’ve read and have been blown away by) ends.  It can be read as a stand alone, but for readers of the trilogy and other Lengle books, familiar characters appear and reappear like old friends and relatives of favorite characters in the first three books.

I hope you will be happy with these choices.  Please advise if you cannot obtain copies somewhere.

Friends of PWR are encouraged to join us on line and to comment on the three books as they are discussed and reviewed in the coming quarter.

Let’s stretch and read some books we’ve been meaning to read or wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet.

Happy Reading!



Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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