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For nigh thirty years, Donna Tartt has been intriguing her readers and enjoying an ever-growing fervent fanbase. You might recognize her name from her magnum opus of a few years ago, "The Goldfinch"; well, here is her debut novel, the one that started it all and has become what is universally considered a modern-day classic. This literary fiction novel is considered arguably the best means of introduction to her famed, award-winning authorial talent. It's a darker, whydunit mystery set at a Vermont boarding school that may very well produce a lively, prolonged discussion at our meeting!
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last - inexorably - into evil.
A Christmasey historical fiction novel to round out the year! Charles Dickens, a beloved Christmas tale, Victorian London, a book about books--sounds good for the holiday season, doesn't it? Based on real history with real characters, this well-researched shorter book will hopefully delight us during this final leg of our shared 2021 reading journey!
Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. But when his latest book, 'Martin Chuzzlewit', is a flop, his publishers give him an ultimatum. Either he writes a Christmas book in a month or they will call in his debts and he could lose everything. Dickens has no choice but to grudgingly accept ...
With the Holiday Season in full swing, we will be having our 6th annual Holiday Book Grab Bag to stay in tune with holiday spirits! This is our most popular event!
Here's how it works:
1. Select a work of fiction that is under 500 pages that has really meant a lot to you. New or used, it's all good, just as long as we haven't previously read it for the book club.
2. Wrap it up like a Christmas present and bring it with you to our meeting.
3. We'll put all the wrapped books into a big bag.
4. We'll draw lots to see in what order we pick a book; whoever picks 1 will go first and on down the numeric line.
5. Everyone unwraps their picks and chaos ensues, lol, j/k! If you want to swap the book you pulled out (for example, you own it or have already read it), then feel free to.
6. It's yours now, you won it! Read it and bring your prize back to our January meeting to give us your thoughts :-).
This is always a fun time! See you there!!!
***Important note! If we're snowed in, we'll have this meeting on Zoom and I'll email you the invitation.**
This particular gathering, our 6th annual, will be different from our other meetings: Instead of everyone reading and discussing one title, we'll each be reading and discussing our own book with the group!
Whichever book you won at our December Holiday Book Grab-Bag is the one you'll bring to this meeting. Let us know what you thought of it! We'll each take a turn to talk about our book and see what conversation ensues. With your giver having read the book, at least two people will be able to provide insights!
***If you couldn't attend our Holiday Book Grab-Bag, that's fine too. Bring a book for discussion that you've read over the Holiday Season that the book club hasn't had as a previous selection. The more the merrier!***
This is our most popular event after the book grab-bag itself.
See you then!!!