Nanton Book Lovers Book Club Picks!
The Nanton Book Club casually known as "the Book Lovers Book Club." has been a group of 8 - 11 members since its inception in February 2008. This group, five of which are founding members, meet monthly with the exception of December, July and August. Each member takes a turn to host an evening meeting in their home.
Books for the following year and who hosts each meeting is decided at our November meeting. Each member submits one or two books for the group to choose from.
Once a year we have a special event often taking the form of a "pot luck supper" and whenever possible supper is combined with an author's night. The authors have been from our local community which adds interest to the read.
Our group enjoys rather casual gatherings, where socializing is just as important as the books we read and discuss.
Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood
Noah, Trevor, 1984- author
"Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he gleefully provides America with its nightly dose of serrated satire. He is a light-footed but cutting observer of the relentless absurdities of politics, nationalism and race--and in particular the craziness of his own young life, which he's lived at the intersections of culture and history. In his first book, Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed. Noah was born illegal--the son of a white, Dutch father and a black Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father's servant in the brief moments when the family came together. His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life--a comically zealous Christian (they went to church six days a week and three times on Sunday), a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times, and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom. The stories Noah tells are sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious--whether he's subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty or making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world; whether's he's being thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit or being thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters."-- Provided by publisher.
The brideship wife : a novel
Howard, Leslie, 1953- author
"Inspired by the history of the British "brideships," this captivating historical debut tells the story of one woman's coming-of-age and search for independence. Tomorrow we would dock in Victoria on the northwest coast of British North America, about as far away from my home as I could imagine. Like pebbles tossed upon the beach, we would scatter, trying to make our way as best we could. Most of us would marry, some would not. All of us hoped for a better life than we could ever have found in England. From the rigid social circles of Victorian England to the lawless lands bursting with gold in British Columbia's Cariboo, The Brideship Wife takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through a time of great historic change. Based on a forgotten chapter in history, this is a sparkling debut about the pricelessness of freedom and the courage it takes to follow your heart."-- Provided by publisher.
A gentleman in Moscow
Towles, Amor, author
When, in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he's sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Lessons in chemistry
Garmus, Bonnie, author
Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. As events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years after meeting Calvin, a legend and Nobel nominee, Elizabeth is an unwed, single mother and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo.
The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women
Moore, Kate (Writer and editor), author
Sisters in the wilderness : the lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
Gray, Charlotte, 1948-