Book Club Schedule

Zonta Book Club 2017/2018

Contac Judy Brisson if  you would like to join this group.

 

Book/ Activity Meeting Date Location Champion
Activity/ Movie Sept 7
Brief Wondrous LIfe Of Oscar Wao Oct 5
Activity/ Movie Nov 2
Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Dec 7 Arlene Christy
Activity/ Movie Jan 4
Wenjack Feb 1 Pat
Activity/ Movie Mar 1
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand April 5 Cathy
Activity/ Movie May 3
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto June 7 Birgit

Every “Book” meeting we will decide on an activity for the next date or a movie to watch during the month for discussion at the next meeting.  On activity dates the next book set will be available ready for pick up.

Books:

 Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don’t visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukoe – the curse that has haunted the Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.

 The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Prestos gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect peoples lives.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simpson

When retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper, he is drawn out of his regimented world and forced to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century. Brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship on the cusp of blossoming into something more. But although the Major was actually born in Lahore, and Mrs. Ali was born in Cambridge, village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as a permanent foreigner. The Major has always taken special pride in the village, but will he be forced to choose between the place he calls home and a future with Mrs. Ali?

Wenjack

An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far away home is. Along the way he’s followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from. Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Kent Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.