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"

January 26th meeting notes

The book group meet on January 26, 2015 to discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and all the members reporting in LOVED this book!  Why did we like it so much?  It was a variety of things--the characters, the location, the idea of a complete life, the quirky and clever ways the author catered to the reader--everything.  This may be our favorite for the year and it's only January!  For refreshments, we had gluten-free brownies and fresh fruit. 

Next Month we will be reading Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo a biography by Tom Reiss.  Discussion will take place on February 23 at 3pm in the Turner Room. All are welcome! Copies of the book are available at the LME Library circulation desk and the discussion sheets can be viewed online.

Summary:
Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The three musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The count of Monte Cristo.

December 15--Coffee Chat

We had our Coffee Chat yesterday and many of our regular members attended.  Some of our favorites from the 2014 book selections included:
Jacobs, A.J.
Fowler, Therese Anne
Hannah, Kristin
VanLiere, Donna
Strayed, Cheryl
Giffin, Emily

Some of the books we didn't read for book group but were recommended by members included:
Zusak, Markus
Follett, Ken
McVeigh, Jennifer
Lei Crime series (on order @ LME Library)
Neal, Toby
Weir, Andy

Our next book group meeting will be January 26, 2015 at 3pm in the Turner Room.  All are welcome! We will be discussing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  
Summary: When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. Books are available at the LME Library desk.  Discussion sheets can be picked up from the library or are avialable online

November 24th meeting

At our November 24th meeting, we discussed Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.  Refreshments included pecan pie, iced pumpkin coffee cake, and cream cheese filled pumpkin snickerdoodles.  We also choose the rest of our books for next year (please see 2015 Titles post).

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