2016 Walking Book Club Calendar and List of Books
o Book Title: The Rosie Project
o Book Author: Graeme Simsion
o Number of Pages: 305
o Discussion leader: Julie
o Proposed Month: January 2016
o Short Description: A quirky light-hearted romantic comedy about love with obsessive compulsive behavior. Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor who, in an orderly, evidence-based manner, designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey. Then Don meets Rosie.
o Book Title: The Submission
o Book Author: Amy Waldman
o Number of Pages: 352
o Discussion leader: Joan Berler
o Short Description: A architect is chosen to build a 911 Memorial by a jury of architects/artists/socialites and families of victims. When the identity of the winner is chosen, it creates a huge ethical controversy.
o Book: All the Light We Cannot See
o Author: Anthony Doerr
o Pages: 531 pages
o Leader: Nydia B
o Short Description: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
o Book Title: House Girl
o Book Author: Tara Conklin
o Number of Pages: 370
o Discussion leader: TBD
o Short Description: A woven story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, Lina Sparrow, who seeking legal compensation for families of slaves. In her research, Sparrow learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave.
o Book Title: My Beloved World
o Book Author: Sonia Sotomayor
o Number of Pages: 353
o Discussion leader: Julie Bickford
o Short Description: The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. With a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her early life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench up to her nomination to the Supreme Court, the difficulties of having an alcoholic father, and living with diabetes.
(Note: We have had requests to have at least one biography and some non-fiction in our list. Because women in politics seem to get more negative attention than men, I think it is good for us to discuss the struggles and successes we observe in other women.)
o Book Title: The Awakening
o Book Author: Kaye Chopin
o Number of Pages: 183 pages
o Discussion leader: Terri W
o Short Description: The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century (1900s) readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle-and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel. As Kaye Gibbons points out in her Introduction, Chopin "was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it."
o Book: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
o Author: Alice Hoffman
o Pages: 381 pages
o Discussion Leader: Molly Meeker
o Proposed Month: July
o Short Description: A love story of sorts between a freak show performer and an Orthodox Jew escaping his family. The story takes place in the early 1900's. Written by the author of Practical Magic and The Green Heart.
o Book Title: Big Little Lies
o Book Author: Liane Moriarity
o Number of Pages: o Discussion leader: Sue
o Proposed Month: Aug
o Short Description: Is it a murder or an accident? The book is a smart take on family relations and friends/neighbors. Involves a funny schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves.
o Book: The Japanese Lover
o Author: by Isobel Allende
o Pages: 322
o Discussion Leader: TBD
o Description: Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the impact of fate. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom.
o Book Title: The Kitchen House
o Book Author: Kathleen Grissom
o Number of Pages: 385
o Discussion leader: TBD
o Short Description: Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. In time, Lavinia attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. (As many as 20%-50% of all immigrants arrived to the colonies in the eighteen hundreds as indentured servants.)
o Book Title: Orphan Train
o Book Author: Christina Baker Kline
o Number of Pages: 278
o Discussion leader: Volunteer?
o Proposed Month: November 2016
o Short Description: Between 1854 and 1929, 200,000 children were "shipped" from large cities in the East to the Midwest and placed in homes, farms, and businesses. In this fictional book, Kline helps us imagine the fate of one child who is now in her 90s, contrasting her life experiences with that of a current-day foster care child who is helping her clean out her attic.
o Activity: Book List Selection for 2016… Please use the template in “About Us” button on the Home Page
o Book: Zeitouin
o Author: Dave Eggers
o Pages: 325 pp
O Discussion leader: Jan Nisewaner
o Description: "When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and business. in the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on Sept. 6, 2005, he disappeared.
Eggers explores Zeitouon's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy-an American who converted to Islam-and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Zeitoun was possible. " This book seems like one with many discussion possibilities.
=*=*=*=WALKING BOOK CLUB: HOW WE WORK=*=*=*=
* VOLUNTEER EFFORT: The Walking Book Club is an entirely volunteer activity organized by women who like to walk, like to read, and enjoy the perspectives of other women who enjoy the same. We have no sponsors or paid endorsers.
* BOOK LIST: Book titles are suggested by members and we periodically update the calendar and book list with members proposing, voting and agreeing on the books we will read and discuss. We usually come up with the book list in December for the following year. We ask that members proposing a book read the book (recently) before making a recommendation to the group. The template for book proposals is noted below. (We've had problems with books that people want to read --but have not read yet -- or read 15 years ago -- but don't really remember very well -- and then everyone complains.) *
MEMBERSHIP & MEET-UP: We use Meetup.com to notify members of meetings, gather RSVP, send out questions for the books we read, gather lists of future books, etc. Meetup charges us $12-$15/month. We are currently asking members to pay $1/month as $12/year to pay for the website fee. Please pay your $12 to Jan at the January meeting. Some members kindly bring treats (fruit, coffee, etc.) to share for our meetings, unless we meet at the East/West Cafe, where everyone makes a nominal purchase or orders breakfast.
* DISCUSSION LEADERS: Any member can lead the monthly discussion. Questions are often found on the internet and can be posted on the website before the meeting. Members can solicit questions and/or ask other members to lead the discussion on specific questions for the book. List of questions can be handed out at the meetings so no one person has to lead the discussion.
* CO-ORGANIZERS: Co-organizers back each other up for meetings in the event that the organizer of meeting has an emergency, etc. Anyone can volunteer to be a co-organizer, we just need to add your name as a Co-organizer on the Meet-up website. * WHERE WE MEET: In the warmer, drier months, we prefer to park near the little Howarth Park train and meet by the boat dock/picnic bench area at Spring Lake Park near the beginning of the trail, then we walk directly (and promptly) from there. If it is raining, we often meet in the back room of the East/West Cafe.
* WHEN WE MEET: Due to summer parking struggles at the park during warmer months, we typically meet earlier in the morning (8 or 8:30am). During winter months, we typically meet later (9AM), unless otherwise posted by that month's organizer. Our members prefer to walk early so that they still have time to do something with their Saturday.
* HOW TO PAY WHEN WE MEET AT EAST/WEST CAFE: When we meet at East/West Cafe, we ask that members note the cost of the item(s) they order, multiple it by 1.3 (and round up to cover both the tax and a tip), and pay with cash (ideally, right when they order so they do not forget). This payment method has worked really well, everyone left happy, the restaurant welcomes us back, and no one gets stuck with a bill.
Happy Reading! =======================
========BOOK LIST CREATION: ==========
PLEASE USE THE TEMPLATE BELOW AND POST YOUR SUGGESTION TO THE WEBSITE AS A COMMENT, so all members can see and review. We will vote with thumbs up' for the most popular books to read.
Note: Please only recommend books that *YOU* have *ALREADY* read and you are able to host the discussion. (We've had problems with books that people want to read, but have not read yet, and then everyone complains.)
BOOK PROPOSAL TEMPLATE:
o Book Title
o Book Author: o Number of Pages:
o Discussion leader: (Will you volunteer to lead the discussion?)
o Proposed Month:
o Short Description:
LOCATION: If our drought continues, we'll meet at the park, but if we have FORECASTED RAIN... we will meet at the EAST/WEST CAFE AT 9AM. Please remember: When we meet at East/West Cafe , we ask that members note the cost of the item(s) they order, multiple it by 1.3 (to cover both tax and a tip), and pay with cash (only) when you place your order. This payment method has worked really well, everyone left happy, the restaurant welcomes us back, and no one gets stuck with a bill.