National Reading Group Month, an initiative of The Women's National Book Association, announces its 2010 Great Group Reads selections. The titles below were selected on the basis of "their appeal to reading groups for whom they are bound to open up lively conversations about a host of timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues."
I kept reading good things about Sarah Blake's new novel, The Postmistress, but I thought, "not another book about World War II." Well, yes, it is another book about World War II, but a good one, told from yet another vantage point.
I recently finished a wonderful work of historical fiction called Honolulu by Alan Brennert, which is the absorbing tale of a young Korean mail order bride who arrives in Hawaii in 1914 in search of a better life. Her dreams, unfortunately, don't become reality, at least at first. Her marriage turns out to be a disaster, but she proves to be a strong woman who ultimately finds love and community. Her life in Honolulu is a far cry from what she would have been offered as a woman in Korea. Also try Brennert's other novel, Molokai, about the leprosy colony on that island.
Books & Bagels will be discussing the popular book (and now movie) The Lightning Thief on Saturday, March 13 from 2-3 pm. Books & Bagels is for children in grades 4-6. We'll talk about the book, enjoy bagels and cream cheese, then have fun making origami creatures from Greek mythology. FREE!
One of the most popular novels of 2009, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetby Jamie Ford, will be discussed at Book Talk on Tuesday, January 26, from 7-8:30 pm. The author, an acclamied short-story writer, has written his first novel - the story of Henry Lee, a recent widower, who relives his childhood in Seattle and his first love, Keiko, whose family ends up being relocated to a Japanese internment camp.
Guest speaker: Dr. Iwao Ishino will talk about his family's experiences in Japanese internment camps during WWII.
Here's why books deserve second chances: I tried listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, a while ago and just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was because I was in training for a long-distance walk at the time and wasn't able to concentrate on anything but putting one foot in front of the other. But then I kept reading reviews about how good it was and also noticed my daughter's roommate reading it, and I thought, "maybe I should give this book another try." And I'm glad I did - because I ended up loving it. The Art of Racing in the Rain is told through the eyes of Enzo the dog.
Are you in a book group? Thinking about joining or starting one? October is National Reading Group Month, so if you're not in a book group already, now is a good time to join. Check out the following web sites for info on reading groups and lists of good books:
Book Talk, the library's fiction book discussion group, will now be meeting in the evenings, with its first program of the fall taking place on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm. We'll be reading Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan.
How do I describe The Story of Edgar Sawtelle? Is it just a good story? A thriller? A tale of survival? Or how about all of the above? It's a beautifully written debut novel by David Wroblewski, a coming-of-age story about a boy who can't speak. He and his parents raise and train their own breed of dogs.
Join us at Dublin Square Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30pm for our first session of Books on Tap. Books on Tap is a new book group that combines good books, food, drink and conversation in a laid back atmosphere. October 13th the group will be discussing When you are engulfed in flames by David Sedaris. Not a beer drinker? Come anyway - there'll be snacks & other beverages to choose from.
The Help is Kathryn Stockett's New York Times bestselling debut, taking place in 1962 Mississippi where 22-year-old Skeeter has just graduated from college and returned home. She takes a job at the local newspaper writing an advice column for homemakers, but she knows she is cut out for more. Her mother, however, would just as soon Skeeter get married and settle down.
Recently I read, or rather listened to, Dennis Lehane's new novel, The Given Day, an engrossing, gritty story set in Boston following WWI. This is best-selling author Lehane's long-awaited 8th novel, filled with a cast of unforgettable character.
The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announce the 2009 One Book, One Community (OBOC) selection, “The Soloist,” by author Steve Lopez.
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times best seller and newly released major motion picture, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, tells the true story of the friendship between two gifted men, one a homeless mentally ill musician, and the other, an award-winning journalist and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.