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2006.02.04. – Katarina Tepesh

BOOK CLUB OF NEW YORK – In honor of Valentine’s Day, our monthly
selection is one the greatest Croatian love story recorded to date, Goodbye Dear Old Homeland – The true story of a young refugee couple’s flight from Croatia and their journey to freedom

In honor of Valentine’s Day, our monthly selection is one the greatest Croatian love story recorded to date, Goodbye Dear Old Homeland
– The true story of a young refugee couple’s flight from Croatia and
their journey to freedom, written by their daughter Yasna Sikic Hood.  
Goodbye Dear Old Homeland and other Croatian books are available at www.amazon.com for as little as .87 cents and up.
Meeting place:           Croatian Cultural Center
Address:         502 West 41st Street, New York, NY (between 10th & 11th Avenues)
Dates:             Every Third Wednesday in the month, February 15th, 2006 at 6 p.m.
Next book selection:  Goodbye Dear Old Homeland by Yasna Sikic Hood
Please read the book in advance.
A Croatian Book Club is meeting in New York City to
promote Croatian culture. Our club offers readers the opportunity to
participate in spirited discussions considering diverse viewpoints
about unique subject material.
Each month, the facilitator will choose a “book of
the month” that will be read by members in advance and discussed later
at the monthly meeting.  The monthly meeting will last from
approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the vitality of the discussion,
size of the group and availability of space. 
Below is a partial list of books that will be discussed:
*          The Stone Fields by Courtney Angela Brkic
*          Infidelities – stories of War and Lust by Josip Novakovic
*          How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic
*          Neither Red nor Dead by Stevo Julius
*          The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugresic
*          The Banquet in Blitva by Miroslav Krleza
*          The Bridge to Dalmatia – Search for the Meaning of Place by Francis Violich
*          Delightful Dalmatia by Alice Lee Moque
*          The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak
*          Sarajevo Marlboro by Miljenko Jergovic
*          Croatian Tales of Long Ago by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic
*          Anna Marinkovich by Edward Ifkovic
*          Carrying the Farm on Her Back-A portrait of Women in a Village by Eva Skold Westerlind
*          Healing the Heart of Croatia by Joseph Kerrigan
*          Goodby Dear Old Homeland by Yasna Sikic Hood
*          American Dream – a Guy from Croatia by Boris Miksic
*          Thorn Lace – Mojmir – A Migrant’s Lot by Ina Vukic
*          Moments of Truth: Real Stories of Life Changing Inspiration Mike Celizic
*          The Labyrinth by Blanka Raguz www.blankaraguz.com
*          You’re Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of the Apprentice by Bill Rancic
*          Lovers and Madmen – a True Story of Passion, Politics and Air Piracy by Julienne Eden Busic
*          Fix Our United States by Krist (Chris) Novoselic  www.dwstudios.net
*          Necessary Targets: A Story of Women and War by Eve Ensler
*          www.admit2.net  Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden
*          The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
*          Don’t Call Me Rosie by Kathleen Thomas  www.thomaswright.com
*          Louis Adamic www.synapse.ne.jp/saitani/  or www.alibris.com 
*          A Single Step by Heather Mills McCartney (chapters on Croatia) 
*          Can You Hear Me Screaming? by Eric Obenauf www.twodollarradio.com or www.CroatiaGifts.com 
*          First Service by Andrea Jaeger (Maja Muric)  www.firstservicebook.com
*          Celestial Dancer by Anthony Shafer alias Peter Celich
*          Letters to My Daughters by Mary Matalin (Tomasevich)
*          Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country by Tony Fabijancic
*          The Passion to Skate: An Intimate View of Figure Skating by Sandra Bezic
*          Return with Honor by Scott O’Grady
*          Pixletown: The World Found by Marija Miletic Dail
*          The Survival League by Gordan Nuhanovic
*          Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
*          Zagreb, Exit South by Edo Popovic
*          American Scream & Palindrome Apocalypse by Dubravka Oraic Tolic
*          King of the Confessors by Thomas Hoving
*          Mother’s Memoirs – Lucy Majnaric Marincel by Emily Marincel Amberg
*          The Education of a Coach  by David Halberstam re: Bill & Steve Belichick 
*          Zinka Milanov and Flora Tosca: Art, Love, and Politics by Bruce Burroughs
*          Inlaid Pearl by Stacie G. Vesolich        
*          Bogdan Radica – out of print
Most of the above books are available free of charge at the Public Library or may be purchased at www.amazon.com .
Book Club discussion questions and topics:
·                     What specific themes
did the author emphasize throughout the book? What do you think he or
she is trying to convey to the reader?
Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their
predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone
you know?
·                     What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story?
What events trigger such changes?
·                     In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did
you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of
some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
·                     What did you find surprising about the facts introduced in this book?
·                     How has reading this book changed your opinion of a certain person or topic?
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and
insightful, and if so, how does she or he achieve this?
If the author is writing on a controversial issue, does he or she give
proper consideration to all sides of the debate? Does he or she seem to
have a bias?
·                     How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter? 
Katarina Tepesh is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. Her essays, “Father’s Funeral” www.quietmountainessays.org/Tepesh  and “Babin Kuk” were published in Caprice and Quiet Mountain Essays. “Yearning for Freedom in a Land of the Free” at http://freeriverpress.org/Tepesh.htm  Free River Press. A short story, “Anica, a Mail Order Bride from Croatia” at CROWN www.CroatianWorld.net . “Kolo Danced by Hundreds in New York City” www.puredance.org/pressNada.html ; “Josip Novakovich – Infidelities – Stories of War and Lust” www.lijepanasadomovinahrvatska.com/folder/tepesh_280905.htm
Katarina is also a member of the Storytellers – International Toastmasters Club,
promoting writing, public speaking and leadership skills. Katarina
comes from Zagorje region and now lives in New York City.
If you are interested in joining The Croatian Book Club (CBC) of New York, please contact Katarina by email [email protected]  or telephone 212-744-1985.

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