There is no fee to join the Book Club, however, FRIENDS membership is required. Call or email the LLI office to join and start reading and learning -- just for the fun of it!
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
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.