Book Club Ideas
Elizabeth Gilbert was in her 30s when she realized the life she had made for herself was not the life she wanted. Dealing with divorce, depression and an unhealthy love affair, she plans a year long voyage to find those things that were missing in her life. She heads to Rome to experience the pleasures in life, India to learn about meditation and devotion and Bali to experience balance.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides centers around the lives of three 1982 Brown University graduates, as they attempt to make sense of their lives following graduation.
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.
In The Elegance of the Hedgehog, you get a glimpse into the musings of both a secretly intelligent 54 year old woman who is playing the role of the “old, ugly and sour” concierge of a well-to-do residence in Paris and an overprivileged suicidal 12 year old tenant. These two kindred souls are trying to find art and beauty in the world.
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.
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.
Books are hidden away in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and protected in this mysterious place until their rediscovery. Young Daniel is drawn to a particular book. “The Shadow of the Wind’ by Julian Carax.
Daniel chooses this book, or does this book choose Daniel?
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. He later takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress. In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.
Cooking the Books