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 –  sjergens@hotmail.com

Jan Grewar –  jangrewar@gmail.com

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).

Upcoming Books — Subject to change

January

Fresh Water for Flowers

A number one bestseller in France.  “Adulterous romance, bad marriages, mysterious death.”

Author: Valerie Perrin

Jointly led by Elinor Mix & Caroline Van Slyke

February

The Personal Librarian

The personal librarian of JP Morgan, Belle Da Costa Greene, is one of the most powerful women in New York, and she’s hiding a secret.  Historical fiction.

Authors: Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Led by Pat Bancroft

March

Ragged Company

Four homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre.

Author: Richard Waganese

Led by Holly Holt

April

American Dirt

The ordeal of a woman who escapes Mexico with her son as undocumented migrants to the US.

Author: Jeanine Cummins

Led by Jan Grewar

May

Killer in King’s Cove

Set in King’s Cove, BC, a smart & enchanting postwar mystery

Author: Iona Wishaw

Led by Deidre Simmons

June

The Petroleum Papers (If this title is difficult to obtain, Freezing Order by Bill Browder will be substituted.)

How the tar sands oil companies ignored the climate catastrophe as early as 1959.

Author: Geoff Dembicki

Led by Sue Jergens

July

Hamnet  & Judith

Set in the 1500s, historical fiction, portrait of a family ravaged by grief and loss.

Author: Maggie O’Farrell

Led by Caroline Van Slyke

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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.