Book Club Reads: The Florist’s Daughter

I haven’t dropped out of book club. But it has been a while since I’ve posted about our goings-on…part of it is sorting out some of my thoughts on some of the books, and the other was the new Kindle I received that got me all sucked in to the local library system’s e-book process….

Book Club Reads The Cousin’s War Series

Oh, that War of the Roses – and no, this is not a reference to that black comedy starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. The real Wars of the Roses was a spate of civil wars between the noble houses of York and Lancaster that spanned some 30 years in England. Follow the trail of…

Book Club Reads Lorna Landvik

After hearing that Lorna Landvik was coming to speak at our local library, the Book Club decided that October’s book should be anything by Lorna Landvik. We’ve all enjoyed books by this author and figured that whomever could make it to the library gig would go and report back to the group at our monthly…

Book Club Reads: Sarah’s Key

Fact: the events of the Holocaust, and their impact on humanity, defy our grasp of descriptive language. Fact: journalists, historians, and writers still attempt to do so. Fact: people continue to read about it, continue to search for an answer to the complex question of “why?” Fact or fiction, reading about the Holocaust is a…

Book Club Reads: The Help

For the month of June, the Book Club decided to set up a potential “Ladies’ Movie Night” in the near future, and read “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett. (Due to be released as a movie in August.) And, as we enter that season of beach reads – books we read to transport us to another…

Book Club Reads Chris Bohjalian

First off, a brief confession about the April book club. We read “Fannie’s Last Supper” that month, and since I already reviewed it here, I gave myself a pass from writing up the meeting last month. For the month of May, our designated host instructed us to read anything by the author Chris Bohjalian. Browsing…

Book Club Reads: Persian Girls

Well, talk about timing. Before the crowds began gathering in Egypt, or in Bahrain, or in Libya, one member of book club suggested a memoir for our February read. Little did we know how prescient this book would be to current events that continue to unfold. The book? Persian Girls: A Memoir by Nahid Rachlin….

Book Club Reads James and the Giant Peach

When I started reading this month’s Book Club selection, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mainly because we thought it would be interesting to pick a book from the American Library Association’s list of top 100 challenged books. The group zeroed in on number 56: “James and the Giant Peach,” by Roald Dahl. Being a…

Book Club Reads The Eyre Affair

For September, Book Club chose a book that technically falls into a sci-fi genre, but could more aptly be described as sci-fi for English majors: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  The first novel in Fforde’s bestselling Thursday Next series, The Eyre Affair sets the stage for a different sort of England than we…

Book Club Reads: Rumer Godden

For August, the book club decided to read “any book by Rumer Godden.” It’s always fun to have these kinds of assignments, since when we gather to discuss our books, I always walk away with a greater appreciation for the writer’s style, and how they develop their craft. This prolific writer (60 works in her…