Labour Day Book Pick

We’ve chosen our book… We made a collective decision to read ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ by Tanya Talaga… without bothering with a Pick List.

Even more radical, we settled on our book for Thanksgiving as well… A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Each of these titles has been bandied about – indeed a few of us have already read one or the other, or both – and we decided that it’s high time we just get on with it and read and discuss them.

 

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And the title is…

For our August Civic Holiday 2018 Book Club get together… The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Feminist Fiction)

 

  • Published April 3rd, 2018
  • ‘The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times’ (Kirkus)

 

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Trevor Noah: Born a Crime… Follow Up

Connections which came up in the course of our conversation…

Listen and watch Trevor Noah

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Steven Pinker’s new book

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Biko by Donald Woods

Nelson Mandela

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

  • YA novel

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Posthumously published (April 23rd, 2018)
  • Her interview with the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade
  • Devastating

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Rabbit Proof Fence

 

August Civic Holiday: Pick List

Hot Picks for Summer 2018

Stay tuned next Sunday, July 8th… to see which title we’ve chosen.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Thriller/Mystery)

  • North American Release: June 5th, 2018
    Kirkus Starred Review
    The Guardian’s ‘Thriller of the Year’

Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.
One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor – enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service.  Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home.
Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz.
Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.
A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

 

There There by Tommy Orange (Contemporary Indigenous Fiction)

Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. That’s why she is there.
Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle’s death. Edwin is looking for his true father. Opal came to watch her boy Orvil dance. All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand. All of them are there for the celebration of culture that is the Big Oakland Powwow. But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.

 

Circe by Madeline Miller (Fantasy)

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Feminist Fiction)

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.


The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Contemporary Fiction)

The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story, a sprawling and deeply felt portrait of a Mexican-American family occasioned by the impending loss of its patriarch, from one of the country’s most beloved authors.

Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story and his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, The House of Broken Angels is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel. The novel gathers together the entire De La Cruz clan, as they meet for the final birthday party Big Angel is throwing for himself, at home in San Diego, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer and reflects on his long and full life.
But when Big Angel’s mother, Mama America, approaching one hundred, dies herself as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well. There will be two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his half-brother and namesake, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not, as the weekend proceeds to remind him, a life.
This story of the De La Cruzes is the story of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border. It is a tale of the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. Above all, this finely wrought portrait of a deeply complex family and the America they have come to call home is Urrea at his purest and best. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

 

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand (Fiction – Mystery/Romance)

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love…if they don’t kill us first.
It’s wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people–an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that’s not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin–with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucke
As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield–and no couple is perfect.

 

Want to join us?

And the title is…

For our July 2018 Long Weekend get together….

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Released: November 15th, 2016, 304 pages

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Bequeath a Butterfly

On Sunday, July 8, 2018, starting at 12:30 pm at Memorial Park, Downtown Bracebridge, Hospice Muskoka will be hosting our 6th Butterfly Release.

For a donation of $30 you will get one butterfly and 4 butterflies for a donation of $100.00. The butterflies will be given out the day of the Event. The name of your loved one will be in our Program and read out during the ceremony.

Butterflies must be ordered by June 9th.

July long weekend: Pick List

We are choosing from among the following Memoirs for our July long weekend book choice:

Stay tuned to learn which title is chosen…

Bass Lake Book Club: The 2018 Season has begun…

The longest winter has definitely ended!  The sun is shining and life is good.

Since a number of our members are off gallivanting about this weekend, we chose just to have a light brunch yesterday morning and catch up with happenings.

We have decided that we are going to read a Memoir for our July long weekend get-together.

New members are always welcome to join us.