February 19, 2021: A Tale of Two Cities by C. Dickens.
March 19, 2021: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
April, 2021: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger.
February 19, 2021: A Tale of Two Cities by C. Dickens.
March 19, 2021: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
April, 2021: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger.
January 25, 2020: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
February 22, 2020, 6 pm: Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
March 21, 2020: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
April 18, 2020, 6 pm: The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
May 30, 2020: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
June, 2020: The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman
July 24, 2020: The Devil and the White City by Erik Larson
August 22, 2020: Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
September, 2020: Possession by A. Byatt
October, 2020: Just Mercy by B. Stevenson
November, 2020: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
January 26, 2019 at 6pm: Lost City of Z by David Grann
February 24, 2019: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
March 23, 2019 at 4 pm: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
April 27, 2019 at 12 pm: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
May 18, 2019: Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
June, 16, 2019 at 4pm: The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki.
July 20, 2019 at 6pm: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
August 25, 2019: Boys Life by Robert McCammon.
September 21, 2019: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
October, 20, 2019: Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill.
November, 2019: Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson.
January, 2018: no meeting
February 17, 2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
March, 2018: no meeting
April 27, 2018 at 6 pm : The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.
May 19, 2018 at 6 pm: A Flash of Green by John D. MacDonald, the author of the Travis McGee series of environmental corruption novels (This one is not a Travis McGee novel).
June 23, 2018: Native Son by Richard Wright.
July 21, 2018 : Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay.
August 25, 2018: Five Carat Soul by James McBride.
September 15, 2018: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho.
October 20, 2018: The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer.
November 17, 2018 at 6 pm: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
Reader’s Guide from the Penguin Random House
“Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988 from the Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California, School of Medicine in 1993. In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, which was published in 2003. That debut went on to launch one of the biggest literary careers of our time. Today, Khaled Hosseini is one of the most recognized and bestselling authors in the world. His books, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed, have been published in over seventy countries and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.”
November 18, 2017 at 6 pm: The overcoat/The cloak by Nikolai Gogol.
The food theme will be Ukrainian.
October 28, 2017: Heart in the right place: a memoir by Carolyn Jourdan.
September 30, 2017: Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese.
August 26, 2017: H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald.
July 22, 2017: Sail of Stone by Ake Edwardson.
June 10, 2017: Empty Mansions by New York Times journalist Paul Dedman and Huguette Clark’s cousin Paul Clark Newell Jr.
More info about the book at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17704903-empty-mansions
Food theme: Hugette lived the first 6 years of her life in France, the rest in the American West, New York City, and California. It’s all over the place, so anything will be appropriate.
May, 2017: no meeting
April, 2017: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
March, 2017: no meeting
February 11, 2017: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Saturday.
January 6, 2017: Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles.
The book: “Home is a roof over a pig: an American family’s journey in China” by Aminta Arrington.
“It is a story of one American family’s two-year encounter with China and how it transforms them.” More info about the author and the book at: http://www.amintaarrington.com/home-is-a-roof/
Date/time: November 19 at 6pm
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Please RSVP by November 16.
We will meet on October 15th, 2016 @ 6pm
For our October Book Club Meeting, we will have author and Paralympic athlete, Bob Lujano. Bob’s autobiography, No Arms, No Legs, No Problem tells the story of his life and his experiences as an athletes. He will have copies of his book for sale for $10.00. A great chance to get an autographed copy! He was featured in the Wheelchair Rugby movie, Murderball.
The main dish will be pot roast. Please bring a side dish, salad, dessert or wine to go with the meal.
Please RSVP by October 14th.
September: Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Friday September 16
August: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, August 26 at 6 pm
Day/time: Saturday, July 30th, 2016.
The book is Strapless by Deborah Davis.
The story of John Singer Sargent and his painting, Madame X.
We will meet on Saturday, June 18th at 6 pm. The book is Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove.
More information about the book at:
Below is a YouTube link to a selection of poems from Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, read by the author:
The book club will discuss: The Towers of Tuscany by Carol M. Cram on May 28 at 6:00.
Historical Novel Society:
Bowen Island Undercurrent:
Carol M. Cram’s official site: https://carolcram.com/
Interview with Carol M. Cram: https://carolcram.com/interviews/
The book: Crabwalk by Guenter Grass. It was published in 2002. It weaves historic & present together with a focus on the refugee ship Wilhelm Gustloff.
Day/time: April 30 at 5:30 pm.
We will discuss the book “Before Ever After” by Samanta Sotto on March 25th at 6:30 pm. Food theme is Easter, European and Mediterranean.
“Before Ever After” is a wonderful romantic and mysterious book that inspired a serious craving for baked eggs and rekindled a desire to travel all over the world.
Here is an official author’s page on the Facebook.
Also, there is a great video clip about the book on YouTube.
The book club is reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Date/Time: February 27 at 6 pm.
Day/time: Friday, January 22
The Book Club is reading The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson.
The book club is reading The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.
Date: Sunday, November 15 at 6 pm
Our food theme is Greek/Mediterranean
Book: What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley by Kim Cross
Author Kim Cross will be joining us on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm, for our book club meeting. We will be discussing her novel, What Stands in a Storm. This is a very detailed account of the events and heartache of the April 29th, 2011 tornadoes that swept across Alabama.
Kim is a graduate of the University of Alabama and teaches Journalism there too. She is a very active freelance writer for many national and local magazines, a former travel editor of Southern Living, a former national champion in more than one sport, an avid camper and mountain biker, and the founder of Magic City Cycling Chics. Kim’s family lives here and they can frequently be found at local parks where they have all sorts of adventures.
Day/time: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 6 pm-9pm
Food theme: Our theme is Tornadoes and Tailgates! So any of your favorite dishes for disasters or tailgate favorite foods please bring and share. Feel free to wear your favorite team colors and show some spirit!
A few quotes from the book:
“Tornadoes are the Russian roulette of storms.”
“The smell the tornado left in its wake combined pine, sulfur, and natural gas with the sickly sweet smell of death. It was a nauseating, desperate smell that clung to his nostrils and turned his stomach in every disaster zone he would ever visit. After one tornado, a man looked at him with ancient eyes and described the smell in words he would never forget: It comes from the pit of hell.”
“Nature holds mysteries and power we barely fathom. It can, and will, inflict unimaginable suffering. But the same forces that destroy the walls that protect us also bring down the walls that divide us. And when everything else is stripped away, what stands is a truth as old as time: The things that tear our world apart reveal what holds us together.”
Book: The Shooting Party = Драма на Oхоте by A. Chekhov.
Since we had a little discussion about Chekhov during our gathering in July, I would like to propose his detective novel The Shooting Party = Драма на Oхоте for our meeting in September.
Also, there is a great Russian film adaptation of the novel freely available on the official Mosfilm site: Mой Ласковый и Нежный Зверь (Moi laskovyi i nezhnyi zver’) = A Hunting Accident. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t contain English subtitles. However, it still gives you a sense of Russian life described in the novel. Please click СМОТРЕТЬ, if you want to watch it.
Here is an interesting review of the film and novel Chekhov’s Shooting Party, Russian Style published in the New York Times:
Day/time of the meeting : I was informed by Florence that she plans to organize a meeting on October 2. Let’s have a September meeting on Saturday, September 12 at 5 pm.
Food theme: Russian. Weather permitting, we will have a BBQ outside.
“It’s very hard, feeling that you’re no more than a piece of unwanted furniture in this world.”
― Anton Chekhov. The Shooting Party
Here is an interesting review from the New York Times:
“No one ever accused Ernest Hemingway of creating memorable women characters — except perhaps in his posthumously published Paris memoir, “A Moveable Feast,” where he idealizes his first wife, Hadley Richardson, as the alter ego who shared with him the good old days before fame and fortune and another woman wrecked it all.” Read more
Day/time: Saturday, August 22nd.
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Date/time: Sunday, July 26, 6 pm
“A first-hand account by his daughters, Judge Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Shores, with Denise George. (Jeffco Library system has 22 copies of the book).
Cuisine: Southern (and Birmingham, in particular). NOTE! I don’t fry chicken or make mac & cheese. I’ll have black-eyed peas and rice, probably some greens, and not sure which main course yet–ideas?. Salads of any sort (e.g., potato salad, tomato/cucumber) would be fitting. And if anybody ever ate at the lunch counter at Loveman’s or Kress and knows what was served there, that’s a possibility.
Judge Helen Shores Lee, whose family home was bombed twice in one week and whose neighborhood suffered more than 50 bomb blasts, was the speaker at my media group in May. I was fascinated by her stories. She shared with us a startling fact that is NOT in the book! If you can make it to book group, I’ll fill you in on what she told us that will one day be in history books!
Part of the reason I chose this book is because I covered a civil trial in Judge Lee’s courtroom that made international headlines. That case is chapter 2 in the book.The other reason–the main one– is that the Shores sisters tell a compelling FIRST-HAND account of the perils of life on Dynamite Hill and amusing and poignant stories of their family life. And you won’t believe which dignitary played “horsey” to Judge Lee’s “cowgirl” when she was a child!”
May: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Day and time: Saturday, May 30 at 6 pm
Please bring a recipe obtained from a friend !
April – The Tower: Tales from a Lost Country by Uwe Tellkamp
Date and time: Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm
The Telegraph: The Tower: Tales from a Lost Country by Uwe Tellkamp
Goodreads: The Tower: A Novel
March: All God’s Dangers: the life of Nate Shaw by Theodore Rosengarten
Date and time: FRIDAY March 27th at 6:15 pm
The University of Chicago Press: All God’s Dangers Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw
The New York Times: Lost in Literary History: A Tale of Courage in the South
February: Valleys of the Assassins by Freya Stark
Date and time: Saturday 2/21 @ 5:30
Food theme: Mid-Eastern
January: The next meeting will be held on January 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
The book: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.
The November meeting will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 6 to 9 pm. We will discuss “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud. The gastronomic theme will be comfort foods.
When “The Woman Upstairs” was published in 2013, it received critical accolades including being named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book, a Huffington Post Best Book, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Fiction Book, and a Goodreads Best Book. The novel’s protagonist is a single woman and thwarted artist who feels that life has passed her by until she comes under the thrall of a family who has everything she is missing in her own life.
The author Claire Messud is no stranger to literary awards. Her best known work, “The Emperor’s Children”, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, “When the World Was Steady”, and her book of novellas, “The Hunters”, were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and her second novel, “The Last Life”, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice. All four books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Claire Messud reads from and discusses her novel: The Woman Upstairs:
The Book Club will meet on October 18 from 6 pm until 9 pm. We will discuss “Wild” by Chery Strayed. It is an exciting book about a young woman’s adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her painful experiances with her mother’s death, a failed marriage, and drug addiction drove her into the wilderness. This book is available at all libraries, ebooks, and Amazon.
Please bring what ever you would like share on a camping trip to eat. We will be very informal so wear comfortable sneakers, camping attire, and fleece or down vests. Weather permitting we may eat outside and have a small contained bonfire. Please bring a camp chair or folding chair for outside.
Here is an interview with the author, Chery Strayed: