Seniors Book Club Christmas Party Book Talks

Another great list of recommended reading from our book club members – something for every reading mood, from literary fiction to mysteries to serious non-fiction (all available at the library)!

The Lake of Dreams : a novel by Kim Edwards – (Susan)

The Art of Upcycle : repurpose, reclaim and redefine leisure time: enjoy more inspired DIY projects by Linda Bodo – (Susan)

The Reason for God: belief in an age of skepticism by Timothy Keller – (Pauline)

The Son : a novel by Philipp Meyer – (Loreen)

The reason I jump : the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism by Naoki Higashida ; translated by David Mitchell  – (Loreen)

The Sunday Philosophy Club : an Isabel Dalhousie mystery by Alexander McCall Smith – (Margaret)

The Linford romance library series – (Margaret)

Condemned to repeat : a Randy Craig mystery by Janice E. MacDonald – (Nora)

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman – (Luise)

Road ends : a novel by Mary Lawson – (Luise)

What? : are these the twenty most important questions in human history, or, Is this a game of twenty questions? by Mark Kurlansky – (Luise)

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton – (Richard)

Silver linings playbook : a novel by Matthew Quick – (Richard)

Our Home OR Native land? : what governments’ aboriginal policy is doing to Canada by Melvin H. Smith. – (Jan)

The Hit by David Baldacci – (Joan)

Escape from Camp 14 : one man’s remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the West by Blaine Harden – (Anna)

Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel – (Sandra)

The Twelve tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. – (Sandra)

Left neglected : a novel by Lisa Genova – (Marcia)

Love Anthony : a novel by Lisa Genova – (Marcia)

Seniors Book Club Christmas Party

ImageThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, December 11 at 2pm in the Training Room for our Christmas Party. Please bring a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret”book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

This is always a fun time. Hope you can join us!

Sandra and Luise

Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party

BookTree1The Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, December 9 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall for our Christmas Party. Please bring a plate of treats to share, a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret” book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

This is always a fun time. Hope you can join us!

Sandra and Luise

Monday Evening Book Club November Selection

ChaperoneThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, November 18 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever. For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive. Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond–from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers, and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women–Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Seniors Book Club November Selection

Round HouseThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, November 13 at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich, the winning title of the 2012 National Book Award (U.S.).

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

About Louise Erdrich

A PBS video interview

Podcast of an author interview with Eleanor Wachtel (CBC)

National Book Foundation interview about The Round House

Birchbark Books website (the author’s own book store)

A Globe and Mail review

Discussion questions

A New York Times article on the issue of rape on reservations

About American Indian reservations