Amy Hatvany’s Heart Like Mine Book Club

Amy Hatvany’s Heart Like Mine is a complex tale of the lasting effects suppression of emotions can have on not only an individual, but also an extended family.  Through her writing, Hatvany methodically unfolds essential elements of the story to further peak the reader‘s interest and keep the pages turning.  Told from the perspectives of three characteristically different women, the reader is allowed to weave together these differing viewpoints in order to form the truth of the situation.
For the purposes of book club, Hatvany generously offers open-ended questions and topics for discussion at the end of the novel.  In addition, a section titled Enhance Your Book Club allows book clubs to delve deeper into the novel by experiencing it either through the rewriting of a scene or creating one’s own recipe which has significance behind it much like the first recipe Grace and Ava attempted together.  To borrow from Heart Like Mine, book club members may want to channel Grace and Victor’s first meeting by sharing a meal of “creamy lemon butter sauce . . . served over grilled chipotle-spiced halibut” (52) or the trials and tribulations of Ava’s adolescence with a meal much like Whitney’s consisting of “organic chicken slices, mixed greens, and some kind of cookie made with agave nectar” (29).  For dessert, though, a pumpkin cream cheese Bundt cake is a must in order to encourage conversation about Ava’s mother, Kelli.

Amy Hatvany

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Eat, Read, Pray: Ann VosKamp’s One Thousand Gifts Part 1

Last night was Eat, Read, Pray Book Club’s initial meeting over Ann VosKamp’s One Thousand Gifts.  The book cover serving as inspiration, snack included deviled eggs topped with a carrot “nest” filled with an olive “egg.”

No reading was required; the group as a whole answered the following questions in order to think in terms of our abundance of God-given gifts:

What happened today for which you are thankful?
What did you see today which made you smile?
What made you laugh?
What was a delight to your eyes?
What brought you comfort?
What did you eat today which “hit the spot” and relieved your tummy grumbles?
What did you witness today which made you happy?
Did you receive an unexpected gift today (i.e. “thank you,” hug, smile, assistance, wave, text, e-mail, phone call, letter, love note, etc.)?
Did you give someone a compliment today?
Who hugged you today?
Who did you hug today?

The term, eucharisteo, with all of its components- grace, thanksgiving, joy- was then discussed followed by the “Homework” assignment:  reading of chapters 1-4, documentation of 333 gifts, and the sending of a handmade card.

This card in question was then created under the direction of Miss Cathy along with the use of her many card-making supplies.  This was deemed our INTENTIONAL activity of thanksgiving.

Our next meeting is September 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Room at Troy United Methodist Church.  If interested, please e-mail EatReadPrayTroyUMC@gmail.com.