Here is the 2017 Book list. At the bottom are other books that interested us but we ran out of months.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
On Earth by Suzanne Bolner
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a
World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
|June / July – Date TBD
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Rescheduled b/c last Tuesday is the 31st
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
|November / December – Date TBD
My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel
By Elizabeth Stout
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam
This is a wonderful read. Fredrick Backman, a Swedish blogger, columnist, creates a story filled with emotion. In my mind, I saw Paul Newman or Walter Matthau as Ove. A crawchty old man with little in his life until he starts to meet his neighbors. I’m looking forward to having this discussion. Reader’s guide from Simon and Schuester here.
The movie the trailer is here.
Release date is set for September 30, 2016 but that may not be in our fair city; as tends to be the case with foreign films. So if it doesn’t come within our reach soon, we may have to wait for the dvd release December 27,2016. Having a watch party may be a reason for a special edition book club meeting.
Our fellow reader, Tracy, called our attention to this article from Buzz Feed. The number one book listed is written by a San Antonian. If some one has read it, let us know what you think.
Buzzfeed – Spring Reads!
It’s been a while since I read an outright romance novel. I will be picking up
at my next bookstore stop.
We have read several of the books discussed in this interview about books with a trend of “The Girl” in the title.
Girl on the Train
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo series.
Listen to review and thoughts from NPR http://www.npr.org/2016/02/22/467392750/the-girl-in-the-title-more-than-a-marketing-trend
“The deepest satisfaction gained by reading “Furies” after “Fates” lies less in admiring how tidily the puzzle pieces snap together — though they do — than in experiencing one’s own kaleidoscopic shift of emotions and concerns.” New York times review September 2015. Read the entire review here
From Penguin Books Readers guide.
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Fates and Furiesis told in halves. Why do you think the author chose to narrate the story this way? How did the split storytelling affect your reading of the book? Might it be symbolic of the characters’ inner lives?
2. Consider Mathilde’s final decision—to keep her past a secret for so many years. Do you think she should have told Lotto the truth? Think about whether this lie was truly for the best; could they have been happy if Mathilde had told him everything? Why do you think she kept this information to herself?
3. How did the inclusion of Lotto’s writing affect your reading experience? Did Lotto’s plays help you to understand his character?
4. Discuss the way the author presents Lotto’s writing talent. Mathilde has a significant hand in his success, but she is never recognized for it. Should she have taken the credit? Discuss the effect of stardom on Lotto’s understanding of himself and his marriage.
5. Fates and Furies questions male vs. female perceptions of reality. Think about how the author approaches the notion of feminine anger. Mathilde is an incredibly angry character; do the men in her life allow for this anger? Why or why not? Do you think Lotto is a misogynist? And how does your vision of Lotto’s world change after hearing Mathilde’s side of the story?
6. Mathilde’s relationship with Ariel is abusive. What does Ariel’s presence in the story say about Mathilde’s natural impulse toward revenge? Where is her reaction to her experience with Ariel directed at other characters?
7. Think about setting. As the characters grow, they find themselves in ever-changing spaces. How does each setting compel their actions and, eventually, their relationships? Specifically, discuss Mathilde’s life in France, Lotto’s childhood in Florida, and how these geographical differences affect their union in New York.
8. Fates and Furies spans a long period of time. Chronologically, the plot is very complex, though there is a central focus on Lotto and Mathilde. . How do Lotto and Mathilde change over the years, together and apart? Do you think they had a happy marriage?
Dear Fellow Readers,
This group is going into its twentieth year. That is really hard to believe. We have grown and changed in many ways and in other ways we have not changed much at all. We are a group that has been the start of many new friendships. I always feel like we really like each other and are special to each other in a very unique way. Here’s to another great year of new books and new friends. Here is the list of books. Check your emails the week before our standing day of the month for hosts and locations. See you soon!
||Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff
||The Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
||The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty
||When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
||Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins
||A Land More Than Home by Wiley Cash
||All the Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doer
||A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
||Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef – by Gabrielle Hamilton
||The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II By Jan Jarboe Russell
Discussion Questions can be found on the Litlovers site here