Thursday, August 17, 2017  

Book Club

Books clubs can be an enjoyable way to connect with friends over lively conversations about good books. Here are some reads recommended by several area book clubs. The synopses were provided by author/publisher websites, Wikipedia or Amazon.com.

The Hustle Bas Bleu Book and Dessert Club:  The Hustle Bas Bleu Book and Dessert Club is a small book club made up of good friends who have been meeting and discussing books for more than 17 years.

A Long and Happy Life
Reynolds Price

From its opening page, which announced the appearance of a stylist of the first rank, to its moving close, this brief novel has charmed and captivated millions of readers since its original publication almost fifty years ago. The troubled love story of pretty, headstrong Rosacoke Mustian and the motorcycle-riding, stoic Wesley Beavers, A Long and Happy Life beautifully evokes a rural North Carolina  now long gone.  Ecstatically reviewed and the winner of the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel when it was published in 1962, A Long and Happy Life launched the career of Reynolds Price, a writer considered to be “one of our greatest novelists”.

The Mimosa Book Club:  The Mimosa Book Club has been meeting for over 15 years in King William County.
Each person recommends a book to read over a twelve month period and then leads the discussion over lunch.

State of Wonder
Ann Patchett

This book was recognized as one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of the Month in June 2011. In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. But first she must locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages and beyond. Eccentric and notoriously tough, Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. Yet that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has long tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down.

Reading Between the Wines
: Reading Between the Wines is a group of 17 women from Essex County and the Northern Neck who love good books, good friends, good food and good wine!

Catcher Caught
Sarah Honenberger

Local author, Sarah Honenberger sets her latest book in the town of Tappahannock. A few months after doctors tell him he has only a year  to live, a precocious 15-year-old from a small town in Virginia has an  intense reaction to The Catcher in the Rye. Deriving inspiration from Salinger’s  narrative, Daniel Landon begins to question the intentions and authority of those  around him in his own search for identity as he faces death. Tired of his cramped surroundings and hippie parents’ alternative approaches to his treatment, he follows the footsteps of Holden Caulfield to New York City in search of the same eternal truths, only to discover the importance of home when death looms. A coming of age story, a love story, and a new classic, Catcher, Caught will engage the imagination of more than one generation, searching for lasting values.