Book Nook | Leaving Time

leavingtime_picoult_bookcoverOctober 25, 7PM
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
2319 7th St. N
Contact: Maureen Camphire, maurcamp@Verizon.net

Goodreads Preview: For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Book Nook | The Perfume Collector

The Perfume CollectorSeptember 27, 7PM
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tusarro
835 26th Avenue N
Contact: Maureen Camphire, maurcamp@Verizon.net

Goodreads Preview: A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility. Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor. Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.

The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.

For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Book Nook | Three Junes

Three Junes Book CoverTuesday May 24th, 7PM
The Three Junes by Julia Glass
Contact: Maureen Camphire
724 23rd Ave N

Goodreads Preview: A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises…In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers.

 For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Book Nook |Room

Room_coverRoom by Emma Donoghue is the April book club election. Following is a Goodreads review:  Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where
Old Nick has held her captive for seven years.  Through her fierce love for her son, determination, and ingenuity Ma has created a life for Jack in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.  Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey rom one world to another.
     April’s book club discussion will be on Tuesday, April 26th from 7-9pm at 835 26th Av N.  For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net.

Book Nook | The Japanese Lover

The_Japanese_Lover_coverBook Club member Dana Mayer picked The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende for our March book and sent in the following review.

Allende’s engrossing narrative spans 70 years of tumultuous world history, but the most powerful message is that love – all kinds of love – will take root and endure under the most harrowing conditions.  And unlike her last few books which tended to ramble, this one harkens back to the magic found in Allende’s early bestsellers like House of the Spirits and Paula.

The Japanese Lover covers a lot of historical and social ground: the European Jewish diaspora, US and European World War II war camps, racism and agism, abortion, and AIDS. And as in all of Allende’s fiction, we find enduring love stories among a large, colorful cast of characters struggling with loss and reconciliation.

The novel swirls around the mysterious octogenarian Alma Belasco who is cared for by Irina Bazili, the young Moldovan immigrant whose past – like Alma’s – casts a shadow on the present. As the story flashes back to the 1930s and romantic highlights between, we meet Alma’s Jewish family in pre-World War II Europe; the American relatives who adopt her; and the Japanese family who lovingly creates and tends their gardens.

We will meet at 486 24th Avenue on Tuesday, March 22 from 7 to 9 PM to discuss this book.

 

Book Nook | All the Light We Cannot See

all-the-light-we-cannot-seeOur January selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

The following review was submitted by book club member Pat Wood who selected this month’s book. A beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris. When she is six, she goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature replica of their neighborhood so she can memorize it and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo. They carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In the same time period in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

The January book club meeting will be held on January 26th at 762 26th Avenue North at 7 pm. Please join us for an interesting, friendly, and fun discussion.

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