What we're about

This is a group for those who love to read and share their ideas and discuss what they have read. We read one "Big Book" each year, usually in the first couple of months and then regular length books for the remainder of the year. Last year we began reading two or three books by one author over the course of the year. This author is our "Author of the Year".

Everyone is encouraged to submit books to read. Those books are then put into a poll and members vote for what they are most interested in reading. We read mostly historical or contemporary fiction. However, we do read lighter things on occasion, nonfiction on occasion, science fiction and fantasy on occasion, classics on occasion. We try to mix things up. An average year would include one or two of each of the other genres, a big book, and the two or three books by one author spread over the year. We try to not read books that have just been released so it is easier for everyone to get a copy of the book. If you go to the message board (under More), it will show you what we have read in the group. We meet the first and third Saturday each month.

Thank you for your interest - Nan

Upcoming events (5+)

Longmont Book Club - The Woman in the Window - AJ Finn

Barbed Wire Books

A popular suspense novel in 2018, The Woman in the Window will hopefully be an intriguing read for all that join us. Here is a brief synopsis. Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Longmont Book Club - The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Barbed Wire Books

The Sheltering Sky is a story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II. It explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

Longmont Book Club - The Tsar of Love and Techno by Marra

Jean will introduce us to this book of short stories by Anthony Marra. This book was read a few year ago by a couple members who loved it. Please join us. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Longmont Book Club - The Lizard Cage by Connelly

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Imprisoned in a mid-'90s Rangoon gulag, dissident singer/songwriter Teza stalks and eats the acrobatic lizards that venture across his cell's ceiling at sundown. Senior jailer Nyunt Wai Oo angles for a promotion by scheming to plant contraband writing materials inside the celebrated Teza's cage. The plot backfires when Teza inadvertently passes the proscribed ballpoint to the illiterate, resourceful serving boy, Nyi Lay, who hoards the pen for dear life. As the entire prison is shaken down and Teza and Nyi Lay are tortured nearly to death, a bond of brotherhood develops between the lowly Nyi Lay and Teza. The gangster inmate on the ward, Tan-see Tiger, who oversees an in-house smuggling operation, completes the triangle; he and Teza realize that the only measure of liberation left to them lies in making sure Nyi Lay leaves the prison camp alive. A brutal exposé with harrowing descriptions of prison life and heavily spiritual overtones, Connelly's novel combines a thrillerlike pace with finely etched portraits that show how each character takes control of his own freedom. The Lizard Cage has been a book on the to-read list of the book club for a few years. I am glad we are finally reading it. I expect a fantastic discussion to ensue.

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