THE WORTH A READ BOOK CLUB
The Worth A Read Book Club meets in the Studio on the fourth Thursday of each month.
September’s 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.
During October the book club read 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.
Upcoming books are Five Little Indians by Michelle Good in November, a timely novel that recounts the heart-rending stories of residential school survivors, and Capital by John Lancashire in January, a luxuriously long novel to lose yourself in over stormy winter evenings. Capital captures the angst of our world, depicting the intertwining lives led by a group of characters in a South London neighbourhood.
The Worth a Read Book club takes a break from reading in December and instead has a holiday social event. The format of our group is for each member present to 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. At the present time the book club has a brief hiatus on membership as we integrate four new members into the group. If you would like to be put on our waitlist, please contact Sue Jergens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan Grewar (email@example.com).
Enjoying Chinese Tea and discussing the book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.