Book Club Ideas
Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.
In 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Tengo and Aomame were grade school classmates who experienced a moment of mystical union when Aomame suddenly seized Tengo’s hand. Their paths diverged shortly after Aomame’s gesture, but each was left profoundly changed by it.
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.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent is set in the 17th century and deals that period of mass hysteria and religious extremism which resulted in accusations of witchcraft, the resulting imprisonment of about 150 people, including children, and the hanging deaths of fourteen women and five men. The Heretic’s Daughter is told through the knowing eyes of ten year old Sarah, daughter of accused witch, Martha Carrier.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is the first book in The Century Trilogy. The series begins with an introduction to five families of different classes and origins – America, England, Germany, Russia and Wales during the First World War and the Russian Revolution.
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.
In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie two young boys, the narrator age 17, and his best friend, Luo, age 18, are sent to a remote village in the mountainous Szechuan region of China in the 1970’s as part of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution of China vilified intellectuals. Schools were closed and many of the educated-class were imprisioned or sent to live in the country for hard manual labor and re-education by the peasant-class. The two exiled friends meet the Little Seamstress, a young illiterate peasant girl, and, ironically, discover a secret cache of Western literature, which has a profound affect on both boys and the Little Seamstress.
In 1918, after serving in WWI, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his quiet job as lighthouse keeper on Australia’s remote Janus Rock, as does his loving new wife. But three years later, a childless Isabel is bereft after suffering her third miscarriage. Tending the new grave, Isabel hears the cry of a baby; a boat has washed ashore with a dead man—and a living infant….
Tina Cocolina by Pablo Cartaya and Martin Howard is about a cupcake girl trying to find her topping so she can enter the Cream of the Top Cupcake contest. The book includes cupcake and icing recipes by award-winning pastry chef Martin Howard.
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