- Readin' Vegans--"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine"
At our online book club July 28 we'll discuss the novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman (Viking, 2017). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation. The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. We'll be available from 6:45 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect. If you can't get on, call us at[masked]. We hope to "see" you there! If you'd like to read ahead: for our August 25 meeting, we'll discuss MAYFLOWER: A STORY OF COURAGE, COMMUNITY, AND WAR, by Nathaniel Philbrick. --------------------------------------------- Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all. Smart, warm, uplifting, #1 New York Times Bestseller ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes: the only way to survive is to open your heart. “A charmer. . . satisfyingly quirky.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving.” —People "Eleanor Oliphant is endearing, [a] whip-smart read. . . a fascinating story about loneliness, hope, tragedy and humanity. Honeyman’s delivery is wickedly good, and Eleanor won’t leave you anytime soon.” –Associated Press "Debut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to love and be loved. Eleanor’s story will move readers." --Publishers Weekly