Book Club Ideas
The tyrannical Nathan Price, a World War II veteran and evangelical Baptist missionary, takes his family into the Belgian Congo in 1959 to run a mission in the small village of Kilanga. Nathan and his family are ill-prepared for dealing with the indigenous culture, and are caught in the political firestorm of an African nation seeking independence from white rule.
“The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.”
Infidel is the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s upbringing in an abusive Islamic family/society and the events that led to her losing her faith.
In Stalin’s Soviet Union, a murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Officer Leo Demidov has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.
While Emerald, her brother Clovis, her beautiful and haughty mother Charlotte, and youngest sister Imogene prepare for Emerald’s 20th birthday party, step-father Edward Swift leaves early that morning in an attempt to save his wife’s house. The invited guests, brother and sister Ernest and Patience Sutton, and wealthy neighbor and bachelor John Buchcanan, soon arrive at Sterne. However, things take an interesting and unexpected turn when the Torrington’s are charged with taking in the survivors of a horrible train wreck until the railroad can make arrangements for their displaced passengers.
December 12, 1930
Trinity College, Oxford
My dear and unfortunate successor:
It is with regret that I imagine you, whoever you are, reading the account I must put down here. The regret is partly for myself — because I will surely be at least in trouble, maybe dead, or perhaps worse, if this is in your hands. But my regret is also for you, my yet-unknown friend, because only by someone who needs such vile information will this letter someday be read. If you are not my successor in some other sense, you will soon be my heir-and I feel sorrow at bequeathing to another human being my own, perhaps unbelievable, experience of evil. Why I myself inherited it I don’t know, but I hope to discover that fact, eventually-perhaps in the course of writing to you or perhaps in the course of further events.
American twins Julia and Valentina have inherited the estate of their mother’s twin sister, which includes a flat. However, a condition is attached to this inheritance. The twins’ parents, Edie and Jack, are forbidden from entering the flat.
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life.
“The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen…”
The setting is a grim and spooky 1920’s Barcelona. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a mystery filled with secrets, betrayal, obsessions and possession. David Martin is commissioned to write a great book for which “people will live and die.” He moves into a decrepit house in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and finds his book eerily connected to the old house.
Cooking the Books