Book Club Ideas
Native American decorations, recipes for Native American frybread tacos and banana bread, discussion questions and more for a book club party for The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
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….
A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor—these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his ‘great expectations’.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a philosophical, television-watching dog named Enzo, who dreams of the day he becomes a man. He gives us his wise (and comedic) observations of the world as he helps his owner, a race car driver who faces a series of heart-wrenching experiences, along the right path. Whether you have a dog or not, this book will make you laugh and touch your heart.
A teacher travels back in time to try to stop the assassination of JFK, and in doing so alters the futures of those he meets in ways he had not anticipated.
Celebrate southern women with Beth Hoffman’s debut novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. CeeCee is a young girl who had an unhappy childhood in an unstable home until she moved to Savannah to live with her Aunt Tootie. She notes “I had been plunked into a strange, perfumed world that, as far as I could tell, seemed to be run entirely by women.” It was these women who taught her the gifts she possessed and what it meant to be loved.
The morning after Julia’s graduation from law school, her Burmese-born father, a prominent Wall Street attorney, disappears. Weeks later Tin Win’s passport is found near the Bangkok airport.
Four years have passed since Tin Win’s disappearance and Julia is practicing law in New York City when she discovers a shocking letter among her father’s papers.
As a young child raised in a Catholic Orphanage in New York City, Cora was placed on one of the infamous adoptions trains that departed New York City for the Midwest.
Cora eventually married and settled into her role in society as wife of a successful attorney. But as Cora neared middle age, an opportunity arose for Cora to escort the very young Louise Brooks to New York City to continue her dance training with the prestigious Denishawn Dance Company. Cora, eager to get to New York City to perhaps learn more about her origins, jumped at the opportunity.
This is the story of Wang Lung’s life through feast and famine in his small Chinese village of Anhwei. He reaped the riches the land brought him during times of feast and he suffered devastating poverty during times of famine but he would never sell his land.
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