Monthly Archives: October 2010

November and December Meetings

At the October 18th meeting, we discussed The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The subVERSEive readers agreed that this was a good mystery and a real page-turner. The Gothic elements of the book made it an appropriate read as we approach Hallowe’en. All four subVERSEive members in attendance gave the book a glowing rating of 4 out of 5 stars. If you were unable to attend the meeting, but would like to tell us what you thought of the book, please comment on this blog post. Please be sure to return your copy of The Shadow of the Wind to the Adult Information Desk by Monday, November 1st.

Book cover of Spanish Fly

The book that we will be discussing at the meeting on Monday, November 15th (7pm) is Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson. Here is the synopsis from the Penguin Canada paperback edition:

Meet Jack McGreary, a young man growing up in the faded boomtown of Paradise Flats, amid the dust storms and broken dreams of the Great Depression. Raised by his eccentric and increasingly erratic father, Jack has learned to live by his wits. He outplays the local businessmen, out-argues the local priest, and even outsmarts a gang of hardened carnies at a seedy fairground. So when a pair of fast-talking swindlers blow through town, Jack joins them. Virgil Ray and Miss Rose are more than happy to lead a young boy astray, and together they go on a raucous crime spree across the American Southwest. It’s a wild ride, one of jazz clubs and easy money. But when the three of them find themselves caught up in a murder ploy, Jack begins to suspect that he is being set up as a patsy. Are Virgil and Miss Rose playing Jack? Or is Jack playing them?

You can sign out your copy from the book club kit at the Adult Information Desk.

We have decided that the December meeting will take place on Monday, December 13th at 7pm (the second week of the month) to avoid conflicts with people’s holiday plans. For December’s meeting, we will not have a designated book to discuss; instead, each member can bring in a book that they have enjoyed reading to promote to the other book club members. We also thought it would be fun to do a white elephant gift exchange of used books – please bring in a wrapped, used book if you would like to participate in the exchange. I will bring in some baked treats and drinks (tea, coffee, & juice) for the meeting, and if you wish to bring in snacks to share, we can make it a little more festive.

I look forward to seeing you all at the November and December meetings!

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