Our Hawthorne Book Club met Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Hawthorne Branch Library from 5:30 PM to about 6:55 PM wth Barbara leading a discussion of The Whip by Karen Kondazian. Eleven of us enjoyed Barbara’s delicious apple pie with cheese (Recall the part of the book about the apple harvest.) and joined in the lively discussion. Most who read the book liked the story very much but found the writing and presentation a bit lacking. Charlotte brought up the question of whether there was a a female version of the word “emasculate”. None came to mind speaking volumes about our culture and gender differences even in language.
Recall that the following programs are set for the rest of 2017:
Nov 2 Literary Pot Luck (decide on a name for club)
Dec 7 The Dark Flood Rise by Margaret Drabble Jo Ann
After some discussion and consulting the library holdings, the following selections were made for Jan-Apr of 2018:
Jan 4 The Widow by Fiona Barton Judy
Feb 1 A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrick Backman Pat
Mar 1 H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald Joyce
Apr 5 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf Ginger
Keep thinking about a descriptive name for our group. As we eat at the November meeting, we will discuss this issue. Recall that the Literary Pot Luck involves selecting a food from some book you have read (It could be a cookbook.), bring the food for us to sample, and bring the quote related to the food.
As always we had a good discussion, enjoyable companionship, and interesting refreshments. Invite others to join us if you wish. We understand we have some “virtual members” who are interested in our reading list but live too far away to attend. We are happy to have you with us. Please make reading suggestions if you wish. For other friends in the area for whom life has gotten in the way of attending, we miss you and welcome you back anytime. Our updated Master Read List is attached to this blog.
If you would like some title ideas you might want to try browsing NoveList, an eSource offered by the library. Using NoveList's new list, Book Club Best Bets under the Recommended Reads tab, you can find aid in selecting titles for groups. Go to ACLD's research page and select eSources then select Novelist. Log in using your library card number and PIN (4 digit birth year). There are Book Discussion Guides found under Quick Links inside NoveList. They also offer great book club resources for Connecting to Readers Through Book Clubs.