THE WORTH A READ BOOK CLUB
The Worth A Read Book Club meets in the afternoon on the fourth Thursday of each month. For the summer months we hope to meet at Beaver Lake Park, weather permitting.
Our upcoming book for June is Anxious People by one of the club’s favourite authors: Fredrik Backman, who also wrote A Man Called Ove and Beartown. Backman’s writing is always humorous, wry, and insightful. His character portrayals reveal the quirks that make us all such interesting creatures.
In May we looked at The Education of an Idealist—A Memoir by Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Barack Obama’s administration. Her accomplishments are impressive, particularly for a young woman in the midst of raising a family. She has a charming, self-deprecating style of writing that gives her personal stories an honest, real power. Our members rated the book 4.8 Stars.
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. If you would like to participate in one of our future meetings, please contact Sue Jergens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan Grewar (email@example.com).
Since the beginning of the year, we have also read Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love & Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast, edited by Lou Allison with Jane Wilde (Caitlin Press). The book touched on themes such as the counterculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s, sexual independence brought about by the birth control pill and the changing role of women in society. Although our members just gave it a rating of 2.8 stars overall, the book gave rise to spirited discussion!
Next up was Anna Like Thunder by Peggy Herring, the tale of survival of a Russian shipwreck on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Members rated the book as 3.8 stars and respected the tremendous amount of research done by the author. Some said the book was a particularly good read that well documented the aboriginal way of life.
The first novel by Canada’s former chief justice Beverly McLaughlin, Full Disclosure, received a rating of 4.0 stars. The courtroom action didn’t disappoint but some of the characters were unidimensional. It was a real page turner and would make great summer reading!
Giller nominee and Victorian Steven Price’s novel, Lampedusa, was given a rating of 4.1 stars by our members. Some felt that the writing was great, but others found it was a little difficult to follow all the different characters. The book, set in Italy, was described as poetic with a sense of place in history.
Enjoying Chinese Tea and discussing the book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.