Book Club Ideas
When her parents die on the ship from Ireland, young Lavinia is taken in as an indentured servant at the plantation of the captain. The slaves become her family. When she is taken to the city, she wants nothing more than to return to the plantation and her family. However, when she does, everything has changed.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease changes her life.
Christy is an eleven year old Irish traveller, a Pavee, in the 1950’s. He travels with his dad, his grandda and granny, Uncle Finty and Aunt Bridget and his cousins. This is his family. Wherever they “camp” is his home. He never knew his mam. He only shared seven minutes of breath with her.
The Weird Sisters is about three sisters who were each named after famous Shakespearean women by their fanatical dad. They reunite at their parent’s home after their mother is diagnosed with cancer.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee tells the story of cancer from the first documented cases to the hopeful news that targeted therapy is on the horizon. Interspersed in the scientific data are personal stories of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s experiences as a clinician and researcher.
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran tells the story of sisters, Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, who flee Iran on the eve of the Islamic Revolution, settle in a little Irish village, and set up a Persian café against the bitter opposition of the town bully.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian’s life took a turn into tragedy.
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.
Lev and his cellmate Kolya are sent on a mission to find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of a powerful colonel’s daughter in a harsh Soviet winter during WWII.
Cooking the Books