There is no fee to join the Book Club, however, FRIENDS membership is required. Call or email the LLI office to join and then start reading and learning -- just for the fun of it!
The club meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. from October through April to discuss the book selected for that month in one of the classrooms 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 LIST FOR 2018-2019
October 8, 2018 - Autumn by Ali Smith The extraordinary friendship of an elderly songwriter and the precocious child of his single-parent neighbor is at the heart of this novel that darts back and forth through the decades, from the 1960s to the era of Brexit. The first in a projected four-volume series, it’s a moving exploration of the intricacies of the imagination, a sly teasing-out of a host of big ideas and small revelations, all hovering around a timeless quandary: how to observe, how to be.
November 12, 2018 - Somebody Else's Children by John Hubner and Jill Wolfson It is a powerful examination of the Courts, the kids, and the struggle to save America's troubled families. Authors chose Santa Clara County, CA in which to dissect the juvenile justice system as it is a microcosm of the problems.
December 10, 2018 - Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall “A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery, an upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel, and a gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.” Two people from opposite ends of the spectrum are brought together to share their journeys along the path of life.
January 14, 2019 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward In her follow-up to Salvage the Bones, Ward returns to the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and the stories of ordinary people who would be easy to classify dismissively into categories like “rural poor,” “drug dependent,” “products of the criminal justice system.” Instead, Ward gives us Jojo, a 13 year old, and a road trip that he and his little sister take with his drug-addicted black mother to pick up their white father from prison. Their story feels mythic, both encompassing the ghosts of the past and touching on all the racial and social dynamics of the South as they course through this one fractured family.
February 11, 2019 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Lee’s stunning novel, her second, chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea, in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before WWII to the late 1980s. Exploring central concerns of identity, homeland and belonging, the book announces its ambitions right from the opening sentence: “History has failed us, but no matter.” Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen.
March 11, 2019 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng There are the simmering racial tensions and incendiary family dynamics beneath the surface of a quiet Ohio town. There are the appeal and impossibility of assimilation, the all-consuming force of motherhood and the secret lives of teenagers and their parents, each unknowable to the other.
April 8, 2019 - The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena It all started at a dinner party. . . A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.