Book Club Ideas
Jane Eyre is the story of a young woman’s struggles to uphold her convictions despite her painful upbringing and the strictures of society and religion. Jane does not compromise, even at risk to her own happiness and health, that which she holds as truths. She is an ageless heroine for all young girls today.
Penned by Charlotte Brontë under a pseudonym in 1847, Jane Eyre, at the time, was criticized as having an anti-Christian slant. Today this semi-autobiographical novel is considered one of the top literary classics of all-time.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is about the resourceful William Kamkwamba, who, at fourteen years old, built a series of windmills from junkyard finds that brought electricity to his impoverished town in Malawi.
That Old Cape Magic is a story about a man’s journey to lay his father, and then his mother, to rest while reflecting on his upbringing. His fondest memories include that one month of happiness his family would have when they crossed the Sagamore Bridge into Cape Cod. To commemorate the event, they would sing That Old Black Magic, substituting Cape for Black.
Joy, Griffin’s separated wife, sums up the story well when she says “out of sight isn’t out of mind. You think you don’t let your mother into your life-into our lives-but you blame her when a bird craps on you.”
A lonely young American soldier comes upon a litter of pups on a WWI battlefield in France. The dogs are rescued and the young soldier chooses two of the pups for himself. He names them after two popular French dolls considered lucky talismans, Rin Tin Tin and Nanette. Little does Lee Duncan know just how truly special his find really is.
Mom and Dad have traveled to Seoul to visit their children and grandchildren and on their return trip home, Mom is lost. With plenty of blame and guilt to go around, the story unfolds as the children and Dad reflect on their relationship with Mom and make surprising discoveries about her and themselves.
“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.
Glory Solomon is a widow who is not sure where her life is going to take her. Juniper McGuire is a teenager who has suffered a great tragedy and is trying to figure out where she fits in. Joseph Vigil is an ex-crime lab photographer whose dream is to photograph California’s giant trees. One day their paths meet at Solomon’s Oak and their lives will forever change.
In The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Truly Plaice has a huge girth, but feelings of insignificance. Tiffany Baker’s folksy Truly keeps her feelings in check to buffer her heart from the indignities she has suffered. When Truly solves an age old family mystery she gains a sense of empowerment.
In a series of compelling and introspective letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, Eva Khatchadourian dissects her married life and her mothering of her son Kevin and daughter Celia in the aftermath of Kevin’s Columbine-like school slaying of seven classmates, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher.
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