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Book Club Hike: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

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Come join our book club. I am now posting the books far in advance so that those of you that want to borrow the book from a library will have plenty of time!   We are a very simple book club as we just walk, talk!  During the hike we will break into small groups to give us all a chance to hear and give input.  We all read the book before the hike and then hike as we discuss it.  We will walk up to the Lake Ilsanjo by way of Canyon Trail where we will stop by the lake for a little way and come back down on Spring Creek trail. This trail does have altitude gain of about 500 ft and some rocky parts on the trail that will require you to watch your footing. The mileage will be around 4-5 miles but it's a nice hike. 

Book: A Man Called Ove

*Starred Review* At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don’t even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he’s gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove’s suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small. Though Ove’s dark mission mitigates any treacly upstaging by animals and small children, readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year, this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down. --Carol Haggas

Product Description

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! 

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? 

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. 

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Driving Directions to Trailhead: -

From Highway 12 East Bound from 101

At the stoplight continue straight onto Hoen Ave.

Take a right at the light onto Summerfield Ave.

Take a left on Parktrail drive (2nd street on left).

Park about a 1/3 of a mile up the road; the trailhead is on the left.

Our book is:

As always:

Give yourself time to find the trailhead so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes that are well broken in.

Bring plenty of water.

No snack stop on this hike.  Eat before you come.  We just keep on walking for this hike.

Bathroom facilities along the hike.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.

Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!

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  • John H.

    Fun discussion with new insights on a book I enjoyed. Thanks Andy for stepping in and wanderers for the sharing.

    2 days ago

  • Kathleen

    Sorry I tweaked my neck yesterday and I think it's best to rest it. I enjoyed the book, it would have been fun to discuss it....

    2 days ago

  • Leigh

    Andy is taking over...I have a last minute issue to address before I can head off to New Zealand. I loved this sweet charming book and I hope you have a great discussion about it!!

    3 days ago

  • Gwen

    Sorry to miss this hike -- if anyone has a copy of Ove, I would love to borrow it. See you next month !

    3 days ago

  • Julie W.

    Conflict this time. See you at the next book club hike in January!

    4 days ago

  • Kathy F

    Dang! I just realized I have my 6 week post-surgical doctor's appointment Friday and the timing conflicts. Next time...

    6 days ago

  • Cathy E.

    Hi Leigh, I have just had meniscus knee surgery so I can't hike yet, but I would love to join you guys for lunch if you are doing lunch afterwards. I have read this book and love it. The first 100 pages slow, but the last 100 make it a keeper. Let me know if you are going to lunch afterwards.

    November 12

    • John H.

      So Cathy how you doing?

      November 16

    • Cathy E.

      Hi John, I feel good, just have to be patient until knee ready for uphills/downhills. Dr. says 4 more weeks + physical therapy. I am still happy and thankful.

      November 26

  • Cathy E.

    It didn't sound like anyone was going to lunch afterwards so I guess I won't be seeing you guys yet. I enjoyed the book, especially the last 50+ pages.

    November 26

  • David W.

    Can't get the book in time, so I'll have to skip the book hike this month.

    November 25

  • David W.

    Anyone have a copy of the book they could loan me? If so, I could get it from you on one of our hikes in the next week or so. I'm # 176 on the library waiting list!

    November 19

  • Pauline D.

    an't get book in time--RATS!

    November 16

  • Linda F.

    Darn it! I just realized I have a nurses meeting that morning. I'm enjoying the book.

    November 13

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