Category Archives: ◊Past◊

Reading for a past meeting.

Shoe Dog / Susan & Howard / July 27

While jogging, Mr. Knight had a Crazy Idea. This is his account of what happened next. Nadja will add insights from her time as a babysitter for “Phil the Pill”.

Tidbits: His fastest mile was 4:10. His original storefront was the trunk of his green Pylmouth Valiant. He has a personal hanger at the Hillsboro airport.

Remembering Babylon / Ida & Roger / May 23

David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. Amazon reviewers characterized this book as imaginative, challenging, and compelling.

A Farewell to Arms / Nicky & Ron / April 13


We read it in school. Now we will understand what it is really about. And how the events of war and culture since 1929 influence our interpretation.

Wikipedia: Hemingway.
Closer Look: useful maps.
Cliff Notes: list of characters.

Just Mercy / Kacey & Bruce / January 26

A powerful memoir about American justice.

“Searing, moving and infuriating. ” – Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times.

“As moving as To Kill a Mockingbird.” – David Cole, The New York Review of Books.

Available at Amazon and WCCLS

Abide With Me / Ida & Roger / December 6

Abide With Me

Time for some leisurely character fiction: cold war, New England, young minister, gossipy parish, many secrets.

Ms. Strout received the Pulitzer Prize for her book Olive Kitteridge and has been honored for other novels.

Hero of the Empire / Nadja & David / Oct 17

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. — Sir Winston Churchill

This and other events from young Winston’s search for glory during the Boer War.

The Wikipedia summary of his life will be useful to review during your read.

We can discuss how leaders have changed.

📚 Amazon

Mad Enchantment / Julie & Geff / July 25

When Claude Monet was 73, he had lost his wife, son, health, eyesight, and confidence. The horrors of World War I approached. He decided to create  a masterpiece. Water Lilies is the result and this is the story.

Ross King is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. His previous histories were well received.

(Start reading soon; this book is 416 pages)