Gemini - July 27

Our next "Talk About a Good Book" Book Club discussion will be on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3pm in the Turner Room.  The book is Gemini by Carol Cassella.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk and the discussion sheets are available in the library or online.  All adults are welcome to attend and join us for refreshments!

Summary: Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself fighting to keep an unconscious ICU patient stable while also unwrapping the mystery of the unconscious woman, the victim of a hit-and-run. Consumed by questions about the woman’s identity, Charlotte enlists Eric, her journalist boyfriend, to investigate. Their search for answers brings them to heartrending truths about Jane Doe―and themselves. In beautiful interwoven storytelling, master of medical drama Carol Cassella presents two women—lifetimes apart—who face the inescapable forces shaping their lives. Filled with stunning medical detail and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a vivid novel of moral complexity and emotional depth.

Rosie Project - June 29th

We read the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion for our June 29th meeting.  It was a very popular book, and we even had to put more copies on hold.  The discussion guide was available online.  Simsion's second book, Rosie Effect has also been popular with our group.  For refreshments, we had an ice cream sundae bar.  Overall, the group really enjoyed the book and we had 9 members attend.  The book was engaging and was a great summer read.

Sumary: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

Boys in the Boat - May 2015

At our April 27th meeting, we discussed A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  This book was one of our favorites--everyone loved Ove! Refreshments consisted of potica and fresh fruit.  

Our next meeting will be a week earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday.  We will meet on Monday, May 18 at 3pm in the Library's Turner Room.  The book is Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.  Copies are available at LME Library and the discussion sheet is available at the library or online

Summary: This book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

A Man Called Ove - April 2015

At our bookgroup meeting on March 30th, we had 10 members present.  Now that the weather is nicer, it was great seeing so many of regular members again.  We also had a couple of new faces, and we'd like to welcome new members to our group anytime!

Our March book was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and it was thoroughly enjoyed by most members.  Refreshments were Huguenot Torte (pecans were used optionally as topping) and fresh fruit. 

Our next book group meeting will be Monday, April 27th at 3pm in the LME Library's Turner Room.  The April book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Books are available at the library desk and the discussion sheet can be picked up or is available online. All are welcome--please join us!

Summary: Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. (From the publisher.)

Next Month--The Invention of Wings

At our February 23 book group, we discussed Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.  Even though the author did a lot of research, we felt that the book lacked rhythm, the dates and history were confusing at times, and the exploits of the Black Count were mired in too much historical detail.  This book was not well liked by the group.  Our refreshments were cheese & crackers and fresh fruit.

Our next book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd on March 30th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  Books are available at the library desk and the discussion sheet can be picked up or is avialable online.  All are welcome--please join us! 

Summary: "The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"

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