Summer Reading

The AAA Book Club picks have been made for the rest of the summer and early fall.  Get excited and get reading!

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories cover

Written by British author Rudyard Kipling, The Just So Stories for Little Children were first published in 1902. These highly fantasized origin stories are among Kipling’s most famous works. We will probably discuss this book the week of August 6. For those with Smartphones, you may be able to download a digital copy for free that you can read from your phone.  Or find an audiobook or e-book version!  The stories are fairly short and easy to read.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Chosen in honor of the preludes/postludes for the Sea Cloud II back-to-back cruises, The Cellist of Sarajevo will be our fall pick, to discuss near the end of September.

Cellist of Sarajevo cover

Inspired by a true story, The Cellist of Sarajevo  explores how war can change one’s definition of humanity and the impact of music on our emotional endurance. In a city under siege, four individuals whose lives have been turned upside down are reminded of what it means to be human. Through his window, a musician sees 22 of his neighbors and friends standing in a bread line. When they’re suddenly killed by a mortar attack, the musician decides to play his cello at the site of the tragedy for 22 days to honor their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to find drinking water for his family and must measure the value of generosity against survival. A third man, who is older, sets off in search of bread; instead, he meets an old friend who reminds him of the city he thought he’d lost, and the person he used to be. A fourth character — a female sniper — holds the cellist’s fate in her hands.

Happy summer reading!




Read With Us!

Arrangements Abroad hosts a monthly book club for our employees, reading travel writing and fiction and non-fiction accounts of far-off places.

This month’s selection is “Viva South America!” by Oliver Balch.  In “Viva South America!” Balch sets out to discover if the dream of Simon Bolivar and other South American liberators – the dream of independence, freedom and equality – lives on in modern South America.  His journey takes the reader off the tourist trail and into people’s homes, inmates’ prison cells, onto dance floors and over road blocks, unearthing untold stories from the front line of South America’s contemporary fight for freedom.

Read With Us!

Arrangements Abroad hosts a monthly book club for our employees, reading travel writing and fiction and non-fiction accounts of far-off places.  Join us as we start up again after a winter hiatus.

This month’s book is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.  Here’s a bit of a teaser (and for all you Downton Abbey fans out there and others celebrating International Women’s Day!)

Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

What did you think of Maisie Dobbs?