People don’t really do book clubs anymore. Not the kind that get together on a Saturday afternoon, drink tea in someone’s living room and read excerpts from novels aloud in any case. This (sort of) saddens me- if that were still the way, I’d be joining up. Especially if there was cake involved. I imagine there to be cake in my book-club-fantasy.
I’m always looking for a good book recommendation. Always. Do you have one for me?
Oprah does. I joined her online book club (here) and was immediately pleased when I received my Summer reading list. Here are a select few from the list:
Kingdom of Strangers is the third in a series of crime novels by Zoe Ferraris. A secret grave in the desert of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is unearthed revealing the mutilated bodies of nineteen women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected for over a decade.
In The Red House, Mark Haddon tells the story of a week-long vacation through the alternating viewpoints of the different family members involved. Set in the English countryside, it is a story about disconnection, resentment, secrets, inappropriate desires, fading dreams and rising hopes- a true portrait of contemporary family life.
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay is a sobering novel set in 19th century New York. It tells the story of Moth, a 12-year-old girl growing up in the tenements of Lower East Side Manhattan. Sold as a servant by her mother, Moth escapes to the streets and ends up in a brothel of certified virgins whose purity would be taken by men seeking the "virgin cure" for syphilis.
Cathi Hanauer’s novel Gone is a story centred on 42-year old working mother, Eve. After 14 years of marriage, her husband Eric leaves one night to drop the babysitter home- and simply doesn’t return.
I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to my homework (and I don’t need a real book club for there to be cake involved…)
P.s. It’s not on the list, but I’m curious about the controversial 50 Shades of Grey. Will you be reading it?
€5 has been donated to the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) for the completion of this ‘thing’. Click here if you would like to donate online.