Our Online Book Club is off to a great start this year. For the month of January we have been reading and discussing “The Girls” by Lori Lansens.
“The girls, Rose and Ruby, were born joined at the head (craniopagus twins) in a rural community in 1974. Abandoned by their mother, they were adopted by an eccentric nurse who attended their birth. Now almost thirty-years-old, Rose has developed a passion for writing, and THE GIRLS is her version of life as a craniopagus twin, but because their lives have been so closely shared, Ruby insists on writing the occasional chapter, with surprising, humorous and poignant results.” More info…
This book, with it’s lovable and unique characters, has left us with no shortage of material for discussion. It made us laugh, it made us cry, it shocked us and it inspired us. Overall, we give this locally set fictional memoir a unanimous two thumbs up.
“A competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story. The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.” More info…
What Should We Read Next?
For March we’ve decided to go with a non-fiction theme, and we’ve narrowed it down to two choices. You can cast a vote by visiting our Online Book Club Poll.
(1) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson
“Their fates were linked by the magical Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed the “White City” for its majestic beauty. Architect Daniel Burnham built it; serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes used it to lure victims to his World’s Fair Hotel, designed for murder. Both men left behind them a powerful legacy, one of brilliance and energy, the other of sorrow and darkness.” (Description from Random House).
(2) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed
“A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe–and built her back up again.” See more…
Do you have any suggestions for future Book Club reads? We would love to hear them!