Laureate Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi hears book review

Elsie Rowell presented a program on “Love & War” by Mary Matalin and James Carville at the July 1 meeting of Laureate Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Hostess Elsie Rowell, presented a review of the book “Love and War” by husband and wife James Carville and Mary Matalin at the meeting of Laureate Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held at her home on July 1.

Rowell explained that she especially enjoyed the book because of Carville’s connections to Louisiana. Carville is an American political consultant, commentator, educator, actor, media personality and prominent liberal pundit. Matalin served in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations and as counselor to Vice President Cheney. She is a best-selling author and a television and radio host.

In this book, the follow-up to their book “All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President,” Matalin and Carville continue — in two different voices — the saga of their politically bipartisan marriage and career highlights from the beginning of the Clinton administration to current issues and events.

Matalin reflects honestly on losing the 1993 election when she suffered defeat when she worked as a strategist for George H.W. Bush, wanting to feel happy for her husband while she “simultaneously hated every inch of his skinny Cajun being.”

This situation is reversed in 2000 when Matalin takes a job working for Dick Cheney while Carville suffers bitter disappointment when his candidate  loses the election. On the topic of Matalin’s menagerie of pets, consisting of a number of dogs and cats, Carville compares them to her politics: “I generally dislike them, so I tend to ignore them.”

Finally, Rowell shared with the group some of her favorite selections from the book, which included Carville’s recollection of the night the Saints won the Super Bowl. Although they disagree on many topics the couple finds common ground in their love of New Orleans, where they relocated in 2008.

Together they reflect on raising two daughters. 

Members of the group turned in the cleaning pads they were asked to bring for Miss Helen’s Soup Kitchen and were asked to bring Soft Scrub to the August meeting. 

Plans were made to visit the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum in Lafayette on July 31 to view the current exhibition, “Contemporary Masters: Works on Paper.”

The group will join Eta Kappa Chapter for the dinner theater performance of “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” at the Town Club on Aug. 16. 

Following the meeting, the hostess served a red, white and blue cake to members present, Glenda Atkinson, Shirley Griffin, Jean Hanks, Connie Jaubert, Brenella Joubert, Gloria Stutes and Nancy Tislow

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