Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate October 2001

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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx, 1890-1977 Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood As discussed at Lynn's townhouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2000 We've discovered the secret to a successful book club meeting: Skittles. And lots of 'em. Oh yes, and a really great book that we all loved doesn't hurt either.

Attendees: Lynn Jatania (chair, hostess) Krista Appel (minutes, advocate) Moira Grunwell (advocate) Mike Reade Jen Roundel Ellen Birnbaum Izabela Palczak The Highlights Lynn began the meeting by providing background information on Atwood, Alias Grace, and Susanna Moodie.

Book discussion followed -- although we all really liked the book, we found our opinions were quite divided on the true nature of Grace's character. We discovered that all the conflicting opinions about historical Grace, as presented by the press of the time -- that she was manipulative, that she was a simpleton, that she was guilty, that she was innocent -- were all represented by our group as well.

An excellent piece of writing that managed to capture all facets of this complex character.

We each recommended/warned others about other books we have been reading lately.

Krista, Moira, and Lynn (on behalf of Geoff) each proposed a book for our May meeting. The selected book is The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco.

We set the date for the Antarctica meeting for Monday, April 17.

The Details Before the meeting began, Mike brought out a newspaper article from the Ottawa Citizen from last week that he had been reading. It was a full-page article about Mimeko, who was the Geisha that provided consultation services for the author of Memoirs of a Geisha. Surprisingly, she is quite angry with the book and its implication that...