Seniors Book Club April Selection

Clock danceOur Seniors Book Club meeting, originally scheduled for April 8, is being converted to a “virtual” discussion of the book Clock Dance by Anne Tyler via email. Members are being contacted and can participate via email. Non-members are welcome to add their comments to the blog!

About the book

“Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn’t sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she’s never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places”– Provided by publisher.

About the author

An Interview with the author

Discussion questions

A New York Times book review

A Guardian book review

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 25, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Map is only one storyA Map Is Only One Story : Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary

These essays highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures and offer a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.

 

Days of distractionDays of distraction : a novel

By Alexandra Chang

A wry, tender portrait of a young woman–finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely–from a captivating new literary voice. Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 18, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

how-a-woman-becomes-a-lake-1How a woman becomes a lake : a novel

By Marjorie Celona

It’s New Year’s Day and Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk. But she never returns. In the months ahead, Vera’s absence sets off a chain of reverberating events in Whale Bay. The cop investigating the case falls for Leo’s ex-wife but finds himself slipping further away from the truth. Author of “Y.”

 

Dutch HouseThe Dutch house : a novel

By Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. 

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 11, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Son of a trickster Can. ReadsSon of a trickster : a novel

By Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family’s life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he’s puzzled over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he’s the son of a trickster, that he isn’t human. Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2020.

 

RadicalizedRadicalized : a novel

By Cory Doctorow

Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SciFi novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2020. Join us for the Library’s own Canada Reads debate with local celebrities on Saturday, March 14.     

Canada Reads @ SAPL: We Have Always Been Here

Find out more about Canada Reads @ the Library!

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.

When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges- bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space-in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit-became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.

So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.

Why Canada Reads author Samra Habib shared her story about being a queer Muslim woman

Quill & Quire review

Video interview with Global News

Samra Habib, founder of gay Muslim project, turns the camera on herself in new memoir