Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Just had a book discussion at Virginia's. There were 10 or 12 of us, I think... great turnout. We discussed the book Midnight Assassin by Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf. It's a nonfiction book about a murder that happened in Iowa in 1900. More interesting to me than the actual murder though was the documentation of the hardships of being a farm wife in the late 1800's and early 1900's in this country. Our discussion was spirited and fun. We also read a one-act play written by the reporter that covered the murder trial. Many facts were changed, but it was obviously based on and built up from what happened during the Hossack trial. I liked the book because it really didn't lead you in one way or another. The wife of the victim was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Her second trial led to a hung jury, and she went free. It was a good summer read. It wasn't something I'd normally pick up for myself, which is why I love book discusion groups. We all need to read out of our comfort zones to continue to grow as readers. For more on the murder and the book, check out this website. Thanks for hosting and suggesting the book, Virginia!