Book Club


Plans were in place for a combined in person / Zoom meeting for November, but our book club members did a quick pivot to Zoom only when the Centre hit the pause button once again. Despite some technical difficulties we welcomed two new members and had a good discussion.
Under consideration was a dense non-fiction book, Les Parisennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba. Taken from the women’s point of view as they kept the home fires burning while the men were off fighting, the book looks at both the collaborationists and resistance. Women took on work outside the home for the first time and earned new liberties as the war progressed. Members agreed that it was a challenging read! Phenomenal research and detail. Overall, members gave the book 4.0 stars.
Traditionally we take a month off from our reading during the busy month of December; instead, we usually gather for a seasonal lunch and plan our reading for the coming year. This year we will do the same planning but by way of a virtual wine & cheese one afternoon before the holiday. Feel free to join us!
Our book for January will be Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love & Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast, edited by Lou Allison with Jane Wilde. (Caitlin Press) It is a back-to-nature story of young women who move from a comfortable city life to the rugged north coast.
If you would like to participate in our meetings and enjoy some good reading and interesting discussions, contact Sue Jergens ( or Jan Grewar (
If you are looking for reading ideas, here are some suggestions from our members:
Lost on Planet China  by J. Maarten Troost    “funny”
Outline   by Rachel Cusk  “a writing teacher goes to Greece”
The Violinist’s Thumb  by Sam Kean   “non-fiction, about DNA”
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan    “a quirky mystery”
The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See   “a tale of female friendship set in South Korea”
The Pale Rider by Laura Spinney  “the story of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918”
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith   ‘light”
The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker  “set in France”
Truth be Told: The story of my Life & My Fight for Equality by Beverley McLachlan  “Autobiography”

Enjoying Chinese Tea and discussing the book, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane”

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