The book club focuses on contemporary fiction and non-fiction books selected by members

When:

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, year-round

Note:  Currently taking a Wait List

Where:

Studio

Contacts:

Sue Jergens

Jan Grewar

Contact Information

Each month  members in attendance at the Book Club give a brief synopsis of their reaction to that month’s book, along with a star rating out of a total five stars.  Often, we are given an opportunity at the end of the meeting to change our rating if we wish!  We take turns each month acting as the leader of the discussion, using a list of questions circulated in advance as a guideline.  It’s a friendly group with a great variety of backgrounds.  If you would like further information,  please contact Sue Jergens (sjergens@hotmail.com) or Jan Grewar (jangrewar@gmail.com).

Books for 2024 — Subject to change

January 23

My Promised Land:

The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Author: Ari Sharif

Led by Tricia Rea

February 27

The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that changed America

Author:  Erik Larson

Led by Karen Allan

March 26

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Author:  Madeleine Thien

Led by Chris Greenwood

April 23

The Winemaker’s Wife

Author:  Kristin Harmel

Led by Pat Bancroft

May 28

The Last Day’s of the Dinosaurs

An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of our World

Author:  Riley Black

Led by Jan Grewar

June 25

Small Things Like These

Author:  Claire Keegan

Led by Suzanne Beauchamp

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Previous Great Reads

One memorable book for the club was The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.  Our members gave this ‘disturbing, dark’ book a rating of 4.0 Stars; many found they couldn’t put it down.    This novel tells the story of the Duplessis Orphans–20,000 Canadian children who were wrongly certified as mentally ill by the provincial government of Quebec and confined to psychiatric institutions in the 1940s and 50s.  Parallels to today’s revelations about the residential school survivors echoed throughout the novel.  Some members found the book difficult emotionally, particularly those raised in the Catholic church.

Another favourite was Erik Larson’s book The Splendid & the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz.  Despite the hundreds of books that have been written about Churchill and his role in the Second World War, this book still brought fresh insights.  It focused on stories and journal excerpts from those closest to Churchill:    wife Clementine, children Mary & Randall,  his private secretary John Colville, etc., and showed the human side of the Blitz.  Our members said the book was ‘written like a thriller…readable…drew you in’ and gave it 4.7 Stars, one of our highest ratings.