Monday, October 5, 2015

Tonight Postponed

Hi Everyone,

Tonights book club is postponed until Monday the 19th at 7pm, don't forget the library is closed next Monday for Columbus Day. Happy reading,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

Hello, and thank you to all that made it out last night even though the sidewalks were indeed traitorous.

What a great book, Crossing to Safety has to go up there as one of my all time favorite reads with the book group. I loved watching you all come in so excited to talk about a book that we all really enjoyed.
First and foremost I love that the first comment about the book was not about its wonderful prose or its beautiful descriptions or complex relationships, it was about the 4% interest on your bank account during the period of the book ( from the great depression to the 1970's)!
Wallace Stegner, was a masterful writer, his prose is beautiful, the characters are all encompassing, the level of feeling through out the book was tangible and the descriptions ... oh the descriptions .. they were so good you could practically smell the soap in that one scene at the sink.
The focus of the story follows two couples who meet during the great depression in the english department at the University of Wisconsin. They are clearly from different sides of the track. Larry (who is just starting to get a career in the literary world) and his wife Sally have no money and Sid and Charity appear to have everything they could have ever wished for. They are wealthy smart and mesmerizing. They bond when both couples become pregnant. The relationships which span over 40 years are described at such an intimate level, yet Stegner felt no need/nor was it needed to sensationalize it with sexual encounters, which was indeed refreshing and beautiful to read. It was fascinating to see the couples evolve and change making me want to read the book a little slower so as to fully appreciate all that was being described. I liked how at the beginning of the book you felt like Sid and Charity had it all, yet by the end you could clearly see that Larry and Sally had had a much more beautiful life. It is so interesting to read this book knowing that it was written by a man, he has perfectly captured women's characters and all of there complexities. The women are depicted as strong and able.
For those of you that have not read Crossing to Safety, i thoroughly recommend it. The group also liked some of his other work, Angle of Repose and Remembering Laughter.

Looking forward to seeing you all next month, We are reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
Happy reading,

Books also read this month

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Alan Turing the Enigma
We are Not Our Selves by Matthew Thomas
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Colbert
Treat us like Dogs and we will become wolves by Carolyn Chute
My Brilliant friend by Elaina Ferrante
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Unlikely Pilgramidge of Harold Fry


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book List 2015

January 5         Voyage of the Narwhal         by Andrea Barrett
February 2       Crossing to Safety                by Wallace Stegner
March 7           The Song of Achilles            by Madeline Miller
April 6             Poetry month
May 4              The Interestings                     by Meg Wolitzer
June 1              The Secret Keeper                 by Kate Morton
July 6               Rasputin's Daughter              by Robert Alexander
August 3          The Blind Assassin                by Margaret Attwood
September 14   God's Hotel                           by Victoria Sweet
October 5         Half of a Yellow Sun             by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
November 2     The Invention of Wings         by Sue Monk Kidd
December 7      The Electric Michelangelo    by Sarah Hall
January 4          The Bone Clocks                   by David Mitchell

Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Lists, Suggestions, Notes etc

Happy New Year Everyone,

And a happy New Year it is. I am very much looking forward to hearing all of your thoughts over the coming months on the books that we are going to be reading. I do think that this months book will be one of my favorites of the year. Perhaps we should vote for the favorite read at the end of the year ? Whats not to love about Narwhals and Arctic Exploration! Please feel free to comment, add suggestions for book or good reviews out there.

Let 2015 be the best reading year yet,

Book List 2015

Book List 2015

January 5 - Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

February 2 - Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

March 2n- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

April 6 - Poetry Month

May 4 - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

June  1 - The Secret Keeper b KAte Morton

July 6 - Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander

August 3 - Blind Assassin by Margret Attwood

September 14 - God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

October 5 - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

November 2 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

December 7 - The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

Please let me know if you would like to lead a month or if you have any suggestions for future books ... Happy reading

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What have you been reading this month ?

This is what we have been reading this month, please feel free to add or comment below.

Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
Secret History by Donna Tartt
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The circle by Dave Eggers
Hard Boiled wonderland and the end of the world by  HarukiMurakami
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Seeds of Hope by Jane Godall
City of thieves by David Benioff
Reginald Hill

Laurie Colwin: Passion and Affect