Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith is a book filled with adventure, exotic settings, encounters with strange people, grand heroic gestures for love, and cannibals! Does this sound like the set-up for a great romance novel? Maybe, a Jurassic Park style adventure? Would you believe that every word of it is true?!
In October, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed Speak of the Devil by Richard Hawke. Fritz Malone is a New York City P.I. who ends up in the middle of a plot to terrorize the city. There are so many characters, you’re never sure who to trust and who’s behind it all. The story does resolve the conspiracy (the main mystery), but leaves a ton of unanswered questions.
Have you ever wanted to join a book club, but the meeting time didn’t fit your schedule? Well, the Riverside Branch has a book club that meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. We’re a small group, but very welcoming to newcomers.
Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, "American literature begins with Huck Finn." However, Mark Twain wrote other good books before he created the Huck Finn character. Our North Independence Masterpiece Book Club has selected one of those earlier books, The Innocents Abroad, for its next discussion. We’re meeting Monday November 19th at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be kept at the main level circulation desk. All are welcome to participate!
In November, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed Poisoned Tarts by G. A. McKevett. The group was surprised by this cozy mystery. They found this to be a well plotted story because they didn’t see the murderer coming. It’s good to not be able to predict the ending and still have it come together in the end.
The North Independence Masterpiece Book Club has selected Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert for its next book discussion. Madame Bovary is one of the classics of French Literature. It pushed the boundaries of literature for its day and helped expand the scope of the modern novel. Flaubert's work achieved this by creating a plot and characters that took realism to the next level. Flaubert's masterpiece simultaneously attempts to downplay the European Romanticism, a cultural era that was defined by spontaneity, and appeal to emotion.
For the November meeting, the Monday Mystery Book Club read Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva. This book is #8 in the Gabriel Allon Mysteries. Gabriel is an art restorer who was taken into the Israeli secret service and trained as an assassin.
We here in the Information and Reader Services Department are always interested in what you think about your book club selections. We want to know about the books you love, the books you hate, the books that really made your think or cry, and everything in between!