Book Club – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

At the turn of the century, in rural Washington, William Talmadge tends to his orchard. One day two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit. The story continues with the slow building of the relationship between the run–aways and Talmadge, and following the progress of the characters over the next few decades.   Lynne: I enjoyed […]

Book Club – The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode

“The Dirty Parts of the Bible” is described as a coming of age story, and supposedly if you like “Like Water for Elephants” or “Oh God, Where Art Thou” you will like this book. Set in 1936 at the start, Tobias, a nineteen year old son of a Baptist minister is hitch hiking to his […]

February Book Club – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner is about two couples who meet during the Depression on a college campus in Madison, Wisconsin, where both men – one a wealthy but middling would-be poet, the other a dirt-poor but highly talented aspiring novelist – are happy to have landed hard-to-come-by academic jobs as instructors in the […]

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

“Bernadette Fox has vanished. A frightfully intelligent wife and mother whose intense allergy to Seattle specifically and people in general, has driven her to hire a virtual assistant in India to execute even her most basic tasks. Then her daughter, Bee, insists on a family trip to Antarctica as her reward for getting perfect grades […]

Book Club update

Here are the books for January and February. Please join in with the discussion!   January – Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple February – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Book Club – Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes us into the dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a labyrinthian tale of love, literature, passion and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.   Robin: Well . . . umm . . . […]

October Book Club – Body and Bread by Nan Cuba

Years after her brother Sam’s suicide, Sarah Pelton remains unable to fully occupy her world without him. Now, while her surviving brothers prepare to sell the family’s tenant farm and a young woman’s life hangs in the balance, Sarah is forced to confront the life Sam lived and the secrets he left behind. As she […]

Book Club – Seduction by M.J. Rose

I went to a workshop which described the difference between mystery, suspense and thriller. On the cover of Seduction by MJ Rose is printed “A Novel of Suspense” but don’t be fooled. There is a mystery. This is another of those back and forth stories. The reader is taken from the life and writing of […]

Read along with Book Club

Everyone is invited to join the Book Club discussions   September: Seduction by MJ Rose October: Body and Bread by Nan Cuba November: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Note, this book is the third in the series. If you start now you can read them all!) January: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by […]

Book Club is Back! The Thirteenth Tale

Book club on-line has returned from our summer break. I hope you had a chance to read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This is the “other” twin story I was listening to, while reading Her Fearful Symmetry (see July book reviews). I have to say it got rather confusing for awhile! On audio this […]