Here’s our reading list for the coming year:
Sept. 15 Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Oct. 20 My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Nov. 17 Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton
Jan. 19 The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin
Feb. 16 The Dove’s Necklace, by Raja Alem
Mar. 16 Crusoe’s Daughter, by Jane Gardam
April 20 The Door, by Magda Szabo
May 18 Suspended Sentences:Three Novellas, by Patrick Modiano
See the Branch Calendar to find out how to join us!
Here are the books we will read and discuss in the coming year:
Oct 4: Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire
Nov 1: Blood, Bones and Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton
Dec 6: Still Life, by Louise Penny
Jan 3: Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Feb 7: Winter Men, by Jesper Bugge Kold
Mar 7: Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
April 4: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 2: Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen
See the Branch Calendar for meeting details.
The Paperback/Morning book group met last Thursday. There was an excellent, scholarly review of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch by Helen. She reviewed it as a picaresque novel, with great character development, superb storytelling, and compared it to the work of Dickens. Members generally had enjoyed the book, and shared their favorite, aspects, episodes, and characters. There was speculation about the sources and motivation behind the negative reviews.
Meanwhile, a number of us are reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Described by British reviewers as, “a real weepy,” it combines a love story with a redeeming coming of age tale. Seems like it might be a good book group discussion candidate….
Barbara hosted 13 of us beautifully. She even had a case full of pre-war Japanese art items to add to the milieu. The discussion of The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng led by Kathy was wonderful, ranging from contemplative to rambunctious. We look forward to Carol’s review of Mona Simpson’s Off Keck Road in November.
The Evening Book Lady
Our two book groups start meeting soon: Sept. 19: Evening book group. Jan will discuss “Mudbound” at Kathy’s home. Oct. 1 – Afternoon book group. Lorraine will discuss “The Light Between Oceans” at Gladys’ home. (See our Calendar for details.) (Barnes & Noble in Camp Hill has a pile on the central table of “The Light Between Oceans” for the group.)
Also, the National Book Festival in Washington, DC is coming up September 21 and 22. The Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill is running a bus to the festival on September 21. Many of our book lovers go to this and space is still available.
AAUW Paperback Book Group 2013-14
This group meets on Thursday evenings, September through May (except December). Books are usually recent fiction. We plan each year at a picnic in June. Here’s the line up for the coming year:
September Mudbound by Hilary Jordan
October Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
November The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
January Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolfe
February Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime by Ben Fountain
March Off Keck Road by Mona Simpson
April Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
May The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya