January 22, 2011 General Meeting & Book Club

Wow, what a terrific turnout for the first General Meeting of the year.  Kudos to all who were able to attend! There is much positive energy and good stuff in store for AKA-SoCal for 2011. Make sure to check back often for more information regarding upcoming activities in your area.

It was truly a beautiful afternoon to get together and discuss  “Trail of Crumbs” by Kim Sunee.  This Book Club is a terrific opportunity to participate in healthy, spirited dialogue, share and listen to personal experiences of your fellow AKA-SoCal KAD’s  and, of course, to partake in the the fabulous snacks and treats our AKA-SoCal group is known for. The next book the Club is reading is ” Adopted Territory” by Eleana J. Kim. More details are forthcoming.

01/22/11 – Next AKA Book Club Meeting

The next book club meeting is the same day as the next Quarterly General meeting.

Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee

From Publishers Weekly
…On making Sunee’s acquaintance in the introduction to this charming memoir, it’s hard not to envy the young woman swimming laps in the pool overlooking the orchard of her petit ami’s vast compound in the High Alps of Provence, but below the surface of this portrait is a turbulent quest for identity. Abandoned at age three in a Korean marketplace, Sunee is adopted by an American couple who raise her in New Orleans. In the 1990s she settles, after a fashion, in France with Olivier Baussan, a multimillionaire of epicurean tastes and—at least in her depiction—controlling disposition. She struggles to create a home for herself in the kitchen, cooking gargantuan meals for their large circle of friends, until her restive nature and Baussan’s impatience with her literary ambitions compel her to move on. The gutsy Cajun and ethereal French recipes that serve as chapter codas are matched by engaging storytelling. Alas, for all Sunee’s preoccupation with the geography of home, her insights on the topic are disappointingly slight, and the facile wrapup offered in the form of resolution seems a shortcut in a book that traverses so much rocky terrain.