November/December Book Discussion

Hi Everyone,

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, our next book discussion is on December 2nd. 

We will be reading The Cowards Tale by Vanessa Gebbie.  Here is a brief summary...

When nine-year old Laddy Merridew goes to live with his grandmother in a small Welsh town, he befriends the town beggar-storyteller, Ianto and learns about the Kindly Lights coal mine collapse that had a profound effect on the lives of subsequent generations of townspeople.

Also, just a reminder, if you are interested in coordinating the book discussion for 2013, please let me know. 

Thanks and I hope that you enjoy the book!


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  • Tracy M.

    Fortunately there are a lot of other book groups in the Boston area, both through Meetup and libraries that members here can join if this group goes kaput. I teach four nights a week except in December/early Jan. and August, and so can't usually attend book groups unless they meet weekends. But I'm always hunting for ones I can fit into my schedule that are reading books that interest me. Here at Meetup, Literature and Libations (very active, with long waiting lists for meetings) meets Monday night in Brookline. Reading Books by International Writers (a smaller group) also meets in Brookline, Sunday afternoon (I recommend their book for Jan. 20, Chronicle in Stone - I'll be at that meeting). Also through Meetup, there's The RedLine Book Club,That Other Book Club and Classic Books.

    Plus there are book clubs at most libraries (I've been to Lexington and Arlington library book clubs), as well as some bookstores like Porter Square books and Concord Books.

    January 3, 2013

    • Nancy

      Tracy, thanks and how thoughtful of you to pass along that list - especially since I am newer to the area and haven't found the book "pulse"yet. I will look into those.

      January 3, 2013

  • helene d.

    i, too, paula, hope the group continues: an ailing father in pa prevents me from fully participating but i am wondering if two members might consider co-sharing group leadership: for starters: how about you and tracy?

    January 3, 2013

  • Mary

    Hi Everyone,
    Just following up on a few e-mails regarding the status of our book club.

    I organized the book discussions in 2012. Unfortunately, I am unable to continue in this role for 2013. In hopes that another member of our group would be interested, I kept the Meetup open for an additional month (until January 4th).

    If anyone is interested or has any questions, please post a response.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!


    January 1, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    I enjoyed my first meeting with your group. The book and discussion were great.

    December 26, 2012

  • helene d.

    gebbie is writing a sequel to the coward's tale titled kit: also learned she greatly admires w.g. sebald's austerlitz: i'll bet it's a wonderful read! i'll miss your leading the group!

    December 3, 2012

  • Tracy M.

    I really enjoyed attending for the first time (and hope I didn't talk too much). Since I read and review a lot of books for Amazon each I thought I'd recommend some of my favorite novels (*****)from the past year that I think most readers would like (or love, as I did) and that would be great for discussions. Admittedly I'm a romantic, and favor books that are rich in characterization, beautifully written in regard to language, and touch the heart.

    TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt
    THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey
    SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
    IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner
    THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS by Jan-Philipp Sendker
    THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker All of the above are now available in paperback.

    December 2, 2012

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