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The club meets once a month at 1:00 p.m. from October through April to discuss the book selected for that month in classroom D108 on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. Discussion includes the theme of the book and background information about the author.
The Club votes for the following year’s selections in April from a list suggested by members. Book selections may be fiction or non-fiction.
THE BOOK LISTS FOR 2017-2018
October 9, 2017 - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Fawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that qualify of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortalasserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
November 13, 2017 - Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance Memoir of a family and culture in crisis is an account of the struggles of white working class Americans in the post-industrial United States. To tell his personal story, he introduces you to his world and its inhabitants: the deeply poverty-stricken, tough-as-nails but uncompromisingly loving Hillbillies of Appalachia. As a product of this culture, Vance is also a part of the small minority who got out and found a better life. It offers a compassionate, discerning sociological analysis of the white underclass that has helped drive the politics of rebellion as we have seen this year.
December 11, 2217 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 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.
January 8, 2018 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Noa's only solace -- and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
February 12, 2018 - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one. Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I was raised with a chimpanzee," she explains. "I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion . . . . she was my twin, my fun-house mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister." As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence. In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date -- a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.
March 12, 2018 - The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Dorothy's story takes the reader from pre-WWII England through the blitz, to the '60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds -- Dorothy, Viven, and Jimmy -- who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeperexplores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometime bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told -- in Morton's signature style -- against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
April 9, 2018 - Benediction by KentHaruf This is a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. Despite the travails that each of the story's families faces, together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating,Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. Here Ken Haruf gives us his most indelible portrait yet of this small town and reveals, with grace and insight, the compassion, the suffering and, above all, the humanity of its inhabitants.