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December Booktalks & January’s Book

With lots of snow outside, what better way is there to spend your time than curled up with a good book?

subVERSEive’s experimental December party format was very successful, with 8 book club members showing up to share a booktalk for one of their favourite books. The baked goodies that people contributed and the used book exchange helped to make it a lovely social evening. It was a great way for us to get to know one another.

Here is a list of titles and authors for the booktalks on Monday. I have linked each title to the book’s St. Albert Public Library catalogue record so that you can read a description and check its availability:

The Best Kind of Different: our family’s journey with Asperger’s Syndrome by Shonda Schilling (2010)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (2008)

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (2008)

The Secret River by Kate Grenville (2005)

The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin (2004)

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (1950)

Under the Dome by Stephen King (2009)

I hope that everyone enjoyed the meeting as much as I did!

Book cover of "The Other Side of the Bridge."

Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 17 at 7 pm, when we will be discussing The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson. Here is the synopsis from the cover of the Vintage Canada 2007 paperback edition:

The Other Side of the Bridge is an unforgettable story of jealousy, rivalry, and the power of obsession played out over the course of a half century. Two brothers, the sons of a farmer living in the fictional Northern Ontario community of Struan and whose lives are overshadowed by the looming threat of World War II, are polar opposites. Arthur is shy, dependable and dutiful, set to inherit the family farm, while Jake, his younger brother, is handsome, moody and dangerous to know. When a beautiful young woman arrives in Straun,the fragile balance of the brothers’ rivalry is pushed to the very edge of catastophe. Taut with apprehension, surprising us with moments of tenderness and humour, this is a compelling and humane novel with a shocking climax.”

All of the library’s book club kit copies are currently in use, but I have left other library copies of the book at the second floor information desk for subVERSEive members to check out.

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