We will be choosing additional book selections for June through August during our April meeting as time allows.
In April we will be reading three selections that fit the theme “New Beginnings”: Orphan Train: A Novel by, Christina Baker Kline, The Lion Seeker: A Novel, by Kenneth Bonert, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by, Roald Dahl.
Orphan Train: A Novel, by, Christina Baker Kline
I was astonished to learn that between 1854 and 1929, thousands of homeless New York City children were essentially kidnapped by the authorities and taken west by rail to start new, not necessarily wonderful lives. Christina Baker Kline takes this often brutal historical reality and raises it into a restorative tale of emotional survival against the odds. The author did considerable research with the few remaining orphan train survivors. That groundwork gives Orphan Train its sharp sense of authenticity.
The Lion Seeker: A Novel, by Kenneth Bonert
Roughly three-quarters of South Africa's Jewish population are descendants of Lithuanian immigrants. Of these peasants, townspeople, tradesmen, shopkeepers and intellectuals who fled centuries of persecution and embarked on a passage to Africa, many dreamed of a new land and the promise of new beginnings. Kenneth Bonert's ancestors were part of this diaspora. In his debut novel, written in language as dense and varied as the South African landscape he describes, Bonert delivers a taut, visceral account of a young Jewish boy's African life.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by, Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!
But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
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Reminder: We usually choose 2-3 books per month. You're welcome at our meeting whether you read all or none of the books. We read fiction, nonfiction, and plays, and usually try to cover 1 piece of classic literature monthly. We read books reviewed or mentioned on NPR, and try to mirror NPR's tone at our meetings: thoughtful, polite discussion & commentary, with no arguing or posturing, and no sacred cows or unmentioned elephants in the room.
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