Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Club Selections, 2013 Edition

We selected our book options for 2013! Here they are, in month/category order:
January | Memoirs
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
Louise: Amended by Louise Krug
February | Romance
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
March | Animals
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer
The Horse God Built by Lawrence Scanlon
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
April | Comedy
Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
Stiff by Mary Roach
Death by Chocolate by Sally Berneathy
May | Family
The Paternity Test by Michael Lowenthal
The Round House by Louise Erdich
The Year that Everything Changed by Georgia Bockoven
June | Sports
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig
Calico Joe by John Grisham
July | Patriotic
The Presidents' Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
August | Beach Reads
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
The Sisters by Nancy Jensen
Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl
September | US History/Historical Fiction
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
October | Horror/Mystery/True Crime
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
November | Classics/Poetry
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Maciuliano
December | Religious/Christmas
Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb
Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic
Tons of great-sounding books to choose from in 2013!

Group Pictures-The Handmaid's Tale

We met last week on November 18th to discuss The Handmaid's Tale. November 18th just happened to be Margaret Atwood's 73rd birthday! And we didn't even plan ahead for that one! The Handmaid's Tale was loved by some and not others, but it did prompt some great discussion...and that's why we love book club! We definitely recommend this one for other groups.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

December Book Choices!

It's time to vote for the final book of 2012!

The Call by Yannick Murphy | Paperback, 223 pages

The daily rhythm of a veterinarian's family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences--testing a loving father's patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what "family" truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction--a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.

Yannick Murphy is the author of various novels, short story collections, and children's books. Her novel The Call has a 3.68 rating on Goodreads.

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin | Paperback, 272 pages

When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom?

Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, Please Look After Mom is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.

Kyung-Sook Shin is the first Korean and first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize. She has written various novels and stories in Korean. Please Look After Mom is one of three works she has written in English. It has a 3.67 rating on Goodreads.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier | Paperback, 380 pages

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs. de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers.

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman.

A true classic of suspense.

Daphne du Maurier was a British author. She died at the age of 81 in 1989. She wrote various novels, short stories and plays. Her novel Rebecca was adapted for film in 1941 by Alfred Hitchcock (it won the Oscar for Best Picture). Hitchcock also adapted her short story The Birds for film. I know everyone has seen that movie! Rebecca has a 4.15 rating on Goodreads.

I will be hosting the December meeting. Vote now!

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