Items tagged with Book clubs

When it's cold outside...

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 - 2:10 PM

Melting SnowI don’t know how you’re feeling right now, but I’ve had just about enough winter for the time being.  I think we can all agree that snow is not always beautiful, especially when it keeps you housebound for days at a time.  I have to admit though, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book to read when the snow starts falling.  Just in case we get hit with any more snowstorms this winter, I have a few reading suggestions to help you pass the time.  These books all have a similar theme, but the authors have each used different techniques to tell their stories. I love a good page turner, and each one of these books qualifies.read more


Read any good movies lately?

Posted by SusanM on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Oscar statueThe Golden Globe Awards will be awarded next week and in just a few weeks the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced.  It’s always fun to see what will be nominated for the Best Picture and this year is no exception.  But when I see a film that I really love, I’m often interested to see if it was an original screenplay or if it was adapted from a book.  The movies that get nominated in the Best Picture category often start with a really good novel, short story or sometimes, even a nonfiction book.  Some of the favorites this year would make great choices for book clubs to consider for their groupread more


BOOK CLUB FAVORITES - 2010

Posted by SusanM on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 - 11:24 AM

Book Club FavoritesThe NY Times has just published its’ Notable Books List for 2010 and as we approach the end of the year many other publications will soon follow suit.  Although I haven’t seen a list of the best book club books for this year, it’s fun to come up with a list of favorites based on what book clubs have read all year.  So what were the top choices for this year?read more


The Usual Suspects: The 39 Steps

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buchan-thirty-nine-steps-bo.jpgDiscussion of the mystery The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Adventurer Richard Hannay is thoroughly bored with his life until a murder is committed in his flat. This 1915 thriller inspired many other novelists and filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock.

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PageTurners: Little Bee

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Little Bee coverDiscussion of the book Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave. 304 pages. All you should know going in to Little Bee is that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. For copies of the book, phone 291-4821 or email Sue Madeo at smadeo [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. New participants always welcome.
 

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PageTurners: Father of the Rain

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Father of the Rain coverDiscussion of the book Father of the Rain by Lily King. 384 pages. A story told over some 40 odd years, of a small town family, mostly centered on one woman and her father. It is told through the eyes, and mind of Daley, who was born into a typical uptight, New England family in the 60's, where alcoholism, racism, sexism, and just about any other "is" you could think of was rampant.  We follow Daley from a small child, and her impressions of her life, through teen years, college and post college, into her late 20s, and then into her 40s. For copies of the book, phone 291-4821 or email Sue Madeo at smadeo [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. New participants always welcome.
 

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Father of the Rain
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PageTurners: Ines of My Soul

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Ines of My Soul coverDiscussion of the book Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende. 336 pages. This magisterial work of historical fiction recounts the astonishing life of Ines Suarez, a daring Spanish conquistadora who toiled to build the nation of Chile--and whose vital role has too often been neglected by history.  it is the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when Inez's shiftless husband disappears to the New World, she uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. For copies of the book, phone 291-4821 or email Sue Madeo at smadeo [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. New participants always welcome.
 

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Ines of My Soul
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Pageturners: Ines of My Soul

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Ines of My SoulDiscussion of the book Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende. 336 pages. This magisterial work of historical fiction recounts the astonishing life of Ines Suarez, a daring Spanish conquistadora who toiled to build the nation of Chile--and whose vital role has too often been neglected by history.  it is the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when Inez's shiftless husband disappears to the New World, she uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. For copies of the book, phone 291-4821 or email Sue Madeo at smadeo [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. New participants always welcome.
 

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Ines of My Soul
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PageTurners: The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carelton

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An exquisite portrait of a rural family and the forces that both bind them together and push them apart. Matthew Soames is an armer/schoolteacher who wants to live in more than one world.  His wife Callie is content with the life Matthew has put her in, even content to remain illiterate in the face of his constant studies. They and their four highly individualistic daughters (including one who flies off with an early, amateur aviator) each have a story to tell, and a secret to keep.  Originally published in 1962 and just recently republished. 336 pages.

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Moonflower Vine
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PageTurners: The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carelton

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An exquisite portrait of a rural family and the forces that both bind them together and push them apart. Matthew Soames is an armer/schoolteacher who wants to live in more than one world.  His wife Callie is content with the life Matthew has put her in, even content to remain illiterate in the face of his constant studies. They and their four highly individualistic daughters (including one who flies off with an early, amateur aviator) each have a story to tell, and a secret to keep.  Originally published in 1962 and just recently republished. 336 pages.

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Moonflower Vine
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