Do you enjoy a good story with juicy characters, pathos, and thought-provoking conversations? Then come join the Masterpiece Book Club at the North Independence Branch. On the 14th of this month, we will be sharing ideas on A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.
I've been a Bruce Springsteen fan ever since I saw him in concert when I was a freshman in high school in 1984. So, I was pretty excited to read the exhaustive, new, authorized biography of "The Boss."
Is fact better than fiction? In the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger, this would seem so, as his story is one of sacrifice and the realization of dreams. I grew up watching, and yes, idolizing Arnold on the big screen.
In December, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed Under Orders by Dick Francis. From what I’ve read on Francis, it doesn’t sound like he ever intentionally set out to write a Sid Halley series. If an idea came up for a book that he thought fit Sid, then Sid became the main character. So, if you read the Sid books in order, you’ll find big gaps in his life.
Curl Up With a Cozy Mystery Featuring Granny Apples
I have never really been a fan of mystery books. Sure, an occasional Sherlock Holmes was fine. And if a mystery was contained within a broader story (usually a science fiction one), I could usually get into it. But the contemporary mysteries that a lot of people seem to find enjoyable, I just could never get interested in. However, my resolution this year is to expand my reading horizons. So, I recently picked one up and was pleasantly surprised. I actually loved it!
Snow White & the Huntsman is a well-written, fast-paced read. It's the retelling of Snow White and an excellent young adult book. Snow White has been imprisoned in her castle since Ravenna killed her father on their wedding night. Snow White has no idea that Ravenna is draining young beautiful girls of their life to remain young.
If you’re already a fan of the author Jodi Picoult and her numerous books, or even if you’ve never read anything written by her, you might be pleasantly surprised at her present offering, Between the Lines. Though written for the teen audience, this is a book which will appeal to teens and adults alike. The book is co-authored with none other than Ms. Picoult’s own teenage daughter, Samantha Van Leer. Actually, the idea which grew into this book was originally conceived by "Sam," as she is known to her friends.
Book Club Reads Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Handmaid’s Tale is a strongly feminist dystopian tale. When it first came out in 1986, I was fresh out of college and on my own for the first time. The oppressive future Atwood imagined for America filled me with righteous indignation. I was in my rebel-without-a-clue phase.
Are you stressed, tired, and in need of a getaway? Does One Hundred Years of Solitude sound like the perfect vacation? Then step back from your stress and pick up a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic today. It may not qualify as a genuine vacation, but reading a good book can surely "take you away" from it all!
Even if you’re not old enough to remember Lesley Gore’s mid-sixties classic hit, It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry If I Want to), but are eagerly anticipating your daughter’s wedding, this little book – It’s Her Wedding, But I’ll Cry if I Want To -- might be just the book for you. Aimed at the MOB (that’s short for mother of the bride, for the uninitiated), this book by Leslie Milk will certainly serve as a humorous, though common sense, approach to all the detailed planning required. Ms.