Monday Book Club

It’s Monday! It’s also Independence Day in America! I know I love being an American, and I believe I am really lucky my family came here from Italia so many years ago to give our family the “better” life.

Let’s get started.

This week for Book Club I read two books. One I just could not finish, one I loved. Here is the book I loved: Guilty Without Trial: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta. The reason I picked this book for this week is because it also served as research for me. I am working on a book called “Seeking Sita.” The book is based in Kolkata (formally Calcutta) India. The bases of the book is focused on the sex trade of young girls in the area.

The book is a raw account of what it is like for young girls who are both forced or choose to be in the sex trade. Why would someone join the sex trade in the worst red light district in the world? Several accounts of women state they know they can make more money selling sex than working other jobs available to women in India. Other women started out working in households as cleaners, for example, only to be beaten by the male head of the household.

Other women have children to feed and can make the most money for them by selling sex. Still other women did not choose to engage in this profession as they were tricked into this line of work by family members or men they believed loved them. Often they are sold for a high price and spend years paying back their purchase price before they see any money of their own.

The conditions here are dreadful. Women often share beds, do not have access to healthcare, and once they are ill or “too old” for sex, they are tossed out into the street with no way to support themselves.

The book is well written and offers plenty of supporting facts. The only draw back to this book is the research was done in the 1990’s. I would love to see an updated version of this book with more stories from the women living this horror!

Even though the book is a little bit dated, I was able to read the whole book in one day because I could not put it down! For this reason, I give Guilty without Trial 5 out 5 stars.

Now on to my second book review. I attempted to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 1). I tried REALLY hard with this book and read almost 50 pages. Then I could not read anymore and had to move on. The book is well written, it was the subject matter I could not wrap my head around. I prefer to read books I can believe. Having been such a popular book, I did not really look too hard at the book before purchasing. Sadly, the book is now back on the shelf to collect dust. I hate to part with a book, even if I don’t like it. I did try to pawn the book off on my mother, but that did not work! Because the book was clearly well written and it was the subject matter I did not care for, I will not rate this book. I would love to hear from you though! Have you read this book? What did you think?

Please use the comments section to tell us what you read or are reading this week. Feel free to rate the book on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being AMAZING and defend the amount of stars you give your book!

Lastly, many of you know Elie Wiesel passed away Saturday. This Holocaust survivor was the author of over 40 books before passing away at 87. I have ordered his most popular book The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day from Amazon. The book is on back order, so I am not sure I will be able to read it for next weeks book club, however as soon as it arrives, I will add it to the top of the pile. RIP Mister Wiesel.

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