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“The Whip” can be more than any usual book club meeting. Why not cook up some chili or bake a rum cake? Uncork some wine, sip some whiskey or sarsaparilla. Grab your whip, put on your Cowboy hat and wear your favorite button down shirt and vest. Be creative and have fun!
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Recipes for your western themed book club meeting at bottom of the page.
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Suggested Questions for your Book Club discussion on The Whip:
1) The river or theme that runs through The Whip is the question regarding forgiveness… What would you do if someone destroyed the person you love most? Could you forgive them..? And if not, what would you do?
2) The book is also about strength and survival and putting your arms around life, no matter what life gives you – to make something ‘good’ out of it. Do you believe that “in every problem there is a ‘gift’ in it’s hand, and that we create the problem because we need the ‘gift’?” Give examples of this to be true in your own life. What gifts did Charley discover in her life that came out of her suffering? How did it change her?
3) As a woman in the Old West, it was impossible to live your dreams – unless you were happy to be a wife, teacher (only if you could read) or prostitute. Knowing your own personal dreams—could you have survived as some women did, living part or all of your life as a man in exchange for the freedom that men had then? Could you have kept that secret and handled the loneliness and emotional isolation that that kind of life engendered?
4) If Charley didn’t put on ‘britches’ and go to California to track down Lee, what do you think might have happened to her?
5) Who were your favorite characters in the book and why?
6) What did you take away from the book to perhaps inspire you to go after a secret dream you’ve hidden away?
What is your favorite western dish?
Recipes for your western themed book club (click to enlarge):
Rum Cake suggested by Linda Thompson, with her cooking notes below
Recipes courtesy of Dorothy, Sandy, Anne, Frances, April and Valerie
of the Coosaw Point Book Club (Beaufort, SC)
Rhode Island Johnny Cakes