April 23, 2011
“The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
Amid the media fizz, the novel of the year is a brilliant but strangely old-fashioned story of an intensely real family facing the perils of life in America.
AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR FAMILY WAS BAD……….
The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new centurya comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson’s disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married manor so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
February 22, 2011
Please join us at Marci’s house for her brothers’s book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The potluck theme is FRENCH food.
“William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, Africa, a country plagued by AIDS and poverty. Like most people in his village, his family subsisted on the meager crops they could grow, living without the luxuries—consider necessities in the West—of electricity or running water. Already living on the edge, the situation became dire when, in 2002, Malawi experienced the worst famine in 50 years. Struggling to survive, 14-year-old William was forced to drop out of school because his family could not afford the $80-a-year tuition.
Though he was not in a classroom, William continued to think, learn—and dream. Armed with curiosity, determination, and a library book he discovered in a nearby library, he embarked on a daring plan—to build a windmill that could bring his family the electricity only two percent of Malawians could afford. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and blue-gum trees, William forged a crude yet working windmill, an unlikely hand-built contraption that would successfully power four light bulbs and two radios in his family’s compound. Soon, news of his invention spread, attracting interest and offers of help from around the world. Not only did William return to school but he and was offered the opportunity to visit wind farms in the United States, much like the ones he hopes to build across Africa.
A moving tale of one boy’s struggle to create a better life, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is William’s amazing story—a journey that offers hope for the lives of other Africans—and the whole world, irrefutably demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.”
For more information visit the website @ http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/williamkamkwamba/2009/04/my-book-the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind.html
February 9, 2011
If you missed last night Book Club, IT IS OK….. Just make sure to pick up the next two books.
In March, Marci will be hosting and has chosen The Boy Who Has Harrenessed the Wind, which will be followed by April’s pick Room hosted by Lori. Hope to see you there!
If you are interested in hosting shoot me an email!
Thanks Tabbetha greco
January 12, 2011
No worries if you missed last night’s book club gathering….. Join us February 8th at Lisa DeArmond’s home for the award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
Mark Haddon’s bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts–one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child’s quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.
Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington’s owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves–against the objection of his father and neighbors–to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result–quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number–is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Haddon’s novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is original, clever, and genuinely moving: this one is a must-read. –Jack Illingworth, Amazon.ca
January 3, 2011
Still haven’t made your New Years resolution? Do something for yourself this year and join book club!
Stroller Strides Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Each month we have a different host who gets to pick the book and the potluck theme. Want to give it a try? Come to our January meeting one week from today hosted by Lisa DeArmond- featuring culinary indulgences. Have a love affair with Chocolate? Peanut Butter? Cheese? Whip up your favorite over the top dish and bring it along with this months book, Loving Frank. See you there!
August 9, 2010
In honor of it’s 50th anniversary, our September book will be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. So go find your high school copy and get ready for a classic American novel. Of course our theme will be good ol’ Southern food, and Amy B. will be our hostess. In addition to book club we will also be doing a book exchange. If you have some old books you’re finished with, bring them and trade for something new! (this is for fun and not required to attend the meeting!)
I know there are many new members of Stroller Strides and we would love to have some new faces join our book club.
September 8th at 6:30PM, Visit MeetUp for more details.
May 13, 2010
Our book this month is East of the Sun. A story of warm, steamy, conflicted India through the eyes of three young Englishwomen. In 1928, Viva, Rose and Tor journey from England aboard a P&O steamer as what was colloquially known as the “Fishing Fleet.” Our theme for dinner will be Indian and English.