Book Club


The Worth A Read Book Club has embraced Zoom for its first post-COVID-19 meeting in May 2020.  While we usually meet in the Studio at the CB 55+ Centre on the fourth Tuesday of each month, we were glad to see some friendly faces–if only on our computer screens.  If you would like to join us on Zoom for some good reading and interesting discussion, contact Sue Jergens ( or Jan Grewar (   


During our February meeting, members enjoyed a discussion of Jonathan Manthorpe’s Claws of the Panda:  Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada.   Members thought the book was quite timely, in light of the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanszhou.  Little did we know the novel coronavirus was around the corner!  Although members found it a challenging read, and some couldn’t finish it, others considered it a ‘must read’ and ‘relevant’.  The first chapters were a tough slog, but were well researched and provided the necessary background for those of us not current on our Chinese history.  Overall, members gave Claws of the Panda 3.9 stars.

Upcoming book club selections are as follows:

Meeting Date
 Title  Author
June 23, 2020  The Elegance of the Hedgehog  Muriel Barbery
July 28, 2020 Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA Brenda Maddox
August 25, 2020 Where The Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
September 22, 2020 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died under Nazi Occupation Anne Sebba
If you’re looking for some summer reading, 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”
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear   “book one in a series about a female investigator”
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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