Novel Reads Book Club
The Novel Reads Book Club meets at Apache Junction Public Library during the fall and winter months. There is a discussion prior to viewing the movie based on each book. Check the book covers below for the date we will be discussing each book and showing the movies.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (Discussion March 10th, movie March 24th)
About a Boy by Nick Hornby | Will is thirty-six, comfortable and child-free. And he's discovered a brilliant new way of meeting women - through single-parent groups. Marcus is twelve and a little bitnerdish: he's got the kind of mother who made him listen to Joni Mitchell rather than Nirvana. Perhaps they can help each other out a little bit, and both can start to act their age Worth Reading, Book Worth, Nick Hornby, Boys, Single Parents, Reading Lists, Single Mothers, Fiction Book, The Roller Coasters
About a Boy - Nick Hornby: A comedy on a bachelor in London who specializes in affairs with single mothers. To improve his chances, he joins a single parents' association and gets a boy to pretend he is his son. (Discussion February 10th, movie February 24th)
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death. F COL Worth Reading, The Hunger Games, Book Worth, Hunger Games Trilogy, Hunger Games Series, Movie, Favorite Book, Thehungergames, Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. (Discussion January 13th, movie January 27th)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky: A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends. (Discussion December 9th, movie December 23rd)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen: Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters. (Discussion October 14th, movie October 28th) Worth Reading, Book Worth, Pride And Prejudice, Covers Design, Jane Austen, Favorite Book, Book Covers, Covers Art, Sara Singh
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen: Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters. (Discussion October 14th, movie October 28th)
Movie February 11th; discussion February 25th: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.
Movie January 14th; discussion January 28th: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.
Movie December 10th; discussion December 24th: Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
The color purple is a commonly challenged or banned classic, according to: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics, but we proudly carry it at Queens Library. Worth Reading, African American, Book Worth, The Colors Purple, Movie, Favorite Book, Dust Covers, Book Jackets, Alice Walker
Movie October 8th; discussion October 22nd: The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is the powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is both family saga and a modern retelling of the book of Genesis. Book Club, Worth Reading, Twentieth Century, Eden Penguins, Book Worth, John Steinbeck, Penguins Twentieth, Favorite Book, East Of Eden
MARCH 26, 2013 @ 1:30 PM. East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
FEBRUARY 26, 2013 @ 1:30 PM. A biographical novel traces the story of Valentino Achak Deng, who as a boy was separated from his family when his village in southern Sudan was attacked, and became one of the estimated 17,000 "lost boys of Sudan" before relocating from a Kenyan refugee camp to Atlanta in 2001. Worth Reading, Invisible Children, Dave Eggers, Book Worth, Covers Design, Animal Crosses, Favorite Book, Lost Boys, True Stories
FEBRUARY 26, 2013 @ 1:30 PM. A biographical novel traces the story of Valentino Achak Deng, who as a boy was separated from his family when his village in southern Sudan was attacked, and became one of the estimated 17,000 "lost boys of Sudan" before relocating from a Kenyan refugee camp to Atlanta in 2001.
From punk-rock San Francisco to a future that seems not too far-fetched, this book follows two people through a series of chapters almost more like linked short stories. Great discussion of this book in March 2012. http://sclends.lib.sc.us/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=1505762 Book Club, Worth Reading, Goon Squad, Book Worth, Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prizes, Visit, Reading Lists, The Roller Coasters
JANUARY 22, 2013 @ 1:30 PM. Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.
DECEMBER 11, 2012 @ 1:30 PM. An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth.
#10 most frequently challenged book from 1990-1999. Click for top 100. Young Holden, favorite child of the censor. Frequently removed from classrooms and school libraries because it is “unacceptable,” “obscene,” “blasphemous,” “negative,” “foul,” “filthy,” and “undermines morality.” And to think Holden always thought “people never notice anything.” Reading, Jd Salinger, Holden Caulfield, New York Cities, Catchers, Schools Libraries, Book, Covers Art, Rye
OCTOBER 23, 2012 @ 1:30 PM. In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in New York City.