My dear book clubbers, I’m so happy to report that I have confirmation on our next series of books (June through November 2016! Arden Dimick Library is reopening in June and our next in person meeting is at Arden Dimick Library, in the Community Room, at 10:30AM on June 25th.
Our book for June is All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Book Club copies will be available on June 7th. Just go to the circulation desk at Arden Dimick and ask for a book club copy and they will give you one.
All The Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015. It tells the story of two young people who attempt to survive WWII. Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a blind girl who sends out radio messages on behalf of the French Resistance during the occupation of France. Werner Pfenni is a German soldier who specializes in locating enemy radio signals. They only meet briefly, yet they permanently change each other’s lives.
The book begins by exploring the parallel lives of Marie and Werner in the their prewar childhoods, and explores the confusion and surrealism of war as well as details of survival. It’s a very lyrical book with poetic imagery. While widely praised by critics and by readers, some have criticized its portrayal of Marie as overly helpless and passive. We’ll have more posts about this book on Fridays throughout the month of June.
We usually meet on the fourth Saturday of every month, but please note that in July we are meeting on the fifth Saturday (July 30). Our book for July is The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. This non-fiction book tells the story of how the brothers invented the first airplane, focusing on the invention and aftermath of the brothers’ flights.
Subsequent books are:
August 27: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
September 24: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
October 22: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
November 19: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
Note that the November meeting is early to accommodate for Thanksgiving weekend.
These books were selected by Book Club vote, with the exception of Girl on a Train, which was suggested by the Arden-Dimick head librarian (Goldfinch, one of the vote results, was not available, alas, but we thought this would be a good substitute, and we’ll put Goldfinch on the list at a later time). I can’t wait to see you all again – and if you follow us long distance, be sure to leave comments about the books so you can participate online!