Seniors Book Club Members Favourite Reads

Our annual “Book Talk” session on December 10th once again revealed the wonderful breadth and diversity of reading interests among our group members. Here’s a list of the favourite titles you read outside the book club this year:

McCord, Kate. In the Land of Blue Burqas. 2012.

Mahmoody, Betty. Not Without My Daughter. 1998.

Nawaz, Zarqa. Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. 2014.

Lui, Elaine. Listen to the Squawking Chicken. 2014.

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. 2013.

May, Elizabeth. Who we are. 2014.

Lamb, Wally. She’s come undone. 1998.  (replacement on order)

Bruchac, Joseph. Sacajawea: the story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 2008. (on order)

Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River. 1994.

Crummey, Michael. Sweetland. 2014.

Carnarvon, Fiona. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the lost legacy of Highclere Castle. 2011.

Three favourite mystery writers: P.D. James, Anne Perry, Louise Penny – recently read:

Perry, Anne. Death on Blackheath. 2014.

Penny, Louise. The Long Way Home. 2014.

Crummey, Michael. River Thieves. 2002. (replacement on order)

Michener, James A. Chesapeake. 2003. (replacement on order)

Reichl, Ruth. Delicious! 2014.

Williams, John Edward. Stoner. 2003.

Christmas, Jane. And then there were Nuns. 2013.

Lindhout, Amanda. A House in the Sky. 2013. (chosen twice)

Brennan, Nigel. The Price of Life : the true story of an Australian held to ransom for 462 days. 2012. (Brennan and Lindhout (see above) were kidnapped together.)

Viswanathan, Padma. The Ever After of Ashwin Rao. 2014.

Worth, Jennifer. Call the Midwife. [book series & DVDs]. 2005-2012.

Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: the girl who was shot by the Taliban. 2013.

Nemat, Marina. Prisoner of Tehran. 2007.

Barnett, Kristine. The Spark : a mother’s story of nurturing genius. 2013.

Northup, Solomon. 12 Years a Slave. 2013.

Seniors Book Club Christmas Party

Books red ribbonThe Seniors Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, December 10th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room for our Christmas Party. We will be having a “secret” gift exchange so please bring a wrapped new or gently used book, and be prepared to talk briefly about a book you have enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

Hope you can join us!

Seasons Best Wishes,

Sandra and Luise




Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party

Christmas cookiesThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, December 8th at 7:00 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 merry time.  Hope you can join us!

Sandra and Luise

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on our “Most Popular Books” list since it was released in June of this year.  A “stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

If you’ve already read and enjoyed, or are still waiting to get your hands on a copy, you might like to try some of the following read-alike suggestions:

Ondaatje, Michael.  The English Patient.  1992.

Heig, Ursula.  Stones from the River. 1994.

Marra, Anthony.  Constellation of Vital Phenomena. 2013.

Moyes, JoJo.  Me Before You. 2012.

Orringer, Julie.  Invisible Bridge.  2010.

Hillenbrand, Laura.  Unbroken: A World War Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.  2010.


Seniors Book Club November Selection

ConfabulistThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, November 12 at 2 pm in the second floor Training Room. We will discuss the novel The Confabulist by Steven Galloway, one of our recent StarFest  authors. As many of you were at the event we should have an interesting conversation, enriched by your impressions.

Booklist review:

Confabulation is the invention of imaginary memories to compensate for memory loss. It’s not lying because the confabulist is not aware the memories are false. This fascinating novel is narrated by Martin Strauss, who confesses to two things: he is the man who killed Harry Houdini (twice), and he suffers from a degenerative condition that affects his brain’s ability to store memories. Strauss tells a fascinating story about the unknown Houdini: stage magician—sure, we all know that—but also a secret spy for the U.S. Treasury Department, advisor to the American military, confidant of a Russian spy, faker of his own death. Strauss’ story so cleverly mixes historical fact with fiction that it is virtually impossible to separate the two (and, remember, Strauss believes it’s all true). Author Galloway will often take a real event, such as Houdini’s escape from a prison transport in Moscow, and layer on fictional elements, but it’s done so seamlessly that it’d be easy to think the whole episode really happened (as Strauss, in fact, does). The book’s title itself could easily apply either to Strauss (for obvious reasons) or to Houdini himself, whose escape-artist persona, even his name, was an embellishment of the real man. A brilliant novel, and one that virtually demands multiple readings to pick up all the subtleties (especially concerning the end of the book, and enough said about that).