Zonta Book Club 2018/2019
Contact Judy Brisson if you would like to join this group.
|Book/ Activity||Meeting Date||Location||Champion|
|Activity/ Movie||Sept 6|
|Back of the Turtle - Thomas King||Oct 3||Pat Mc Home|
|Activity/ Movie||Nov 7||The Bookshelf|
|The House of Unexpected Sisters – Alexander McCall Smith||Dec 5||Member Home TBD|
|Activity/ Movie||Jan 2||The Bookshelf|
|Born a Crime – Trevor Noah||Jan 30||Birgit’sHome|
|Activity/ Movie||Mar 6||The Bookshelf|
|Don’t Say We have Nothing – Madeleine Thien||April 3||Member Home TBD|
|Activity/ Movie||May 1||The Bookshelf|
|The Illegal – Lawrence Hill||June 5||Member Home TBD|
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.
The Back of the Turtle
Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?
The House of Unexpected Sisters
Precious Ramostswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, hs been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.
Born a Crime
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion , Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting.
Don’t Say We Have Nothing
Master storyteller Madeleine Thein takes us inside and extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations – those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the centre of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie tries to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.
Keita Ali is on the run. He is desperate to flee Zantoroland, a mountainous black island that produces the fastest marathoners in the world. Keita signs on with a notorious marathon agent, Anton Hamm, who provides Keita with a chance to run the Boston marathon. But when K|eita fails to place among the top finishers, rather than being sent back to his own country, he goes into hiding.