Seniors Book Club June Selection

Rosie ProjectThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 11 at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss The Rosie Project by Australian author Graeme Simsion.

About the book:

THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE.  Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.  (simonandschuster.com)

Graeme Simsion’s website

A Youtube Interview with Graeme Simsion

Book Review of The Rosie Project

Discussion Questions for The Rosie Project

Facts on Asperger’s Syndrome

 

Monday Evening Book Club June Selection

Dear Life MunroThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on June 9 at 7 pm in the Training Room to discuss Dear Life by Nobel Prize author Alice Munro.

About this short story collection:

With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped — the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be. (source: mcclelland.com)

Author Biography

Dear Life Interview

Dear Life Review

Nobel Prize Video Interview

Discussion Questions

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club May Selection

Complete PersepolisThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on May 12 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall. This month we are venturing into discussing a book in a different format, the graphic novel The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, an internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

About Marjane Satrapi

An interview with the author

A video interview with Satrapi

Discussion Questions

Persepolis movie

 

 

Senior Book Club May Selection

Life after lifeThe Seniors Book Club will meet on May 14th at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss Life after life by Kate Atkinson, a British novel that was frequently named as one of the best books of 2013.

About the book:

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath.
On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant—this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions . (From the publisher.)

Author Biography

A Goodreads interview with Kate Atkinson

A Video interview with Kate Atkinson

Book Reviews

Discussion Questions

 

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club April Selection

PilgrimageThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet April 14th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Pilgrimage by local author Diana Davidson.

About the book:

Pilgrimage opens in the deep of winter of 1891 on the Metis and missionary settlement of Lac St. Anne, Canada. A young woman of mixed-blood named Mahkesis is carrying the child of the married Englishman who manages the Hudson Bay Company trading post. She is forced to reveal her devastating secret to her Cree grandmother. As an unmarried Catholic girl, Mahkesis waits for a miracle in the very place others come for redemption. Set in a northern landscape, Pilgrimage is a brilliant debut novel about love and loss and women and men trying to survive the violent intimacy of a small place in a changing colonial empire.

 

 

Visit author Diana Davidson’s website

An Edmonton Journal review of the book

Discussion questions for Pilgrimage

History of Lac Ste Anne and the pilgrimage