Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Book Club titles

August went by so fast, I didn't get our August selection posted.  It was more of a "classic" that I recommended.  It isn't really so classic, just about 15 years old but a wonderful story of strong women, their culture, and bonds during Old Testament times.  The book was The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant, published in 1997.  It's the story of Dinah, only daughter of Jacob, and sister to Joseph.  It's a very powerful and moving story, definitely a "chick" read.  I read it when it was first released and loved rereading every page for book club.

The Red Tent

September's selection is more contemporary and a little wacky sounding.  But we all loved the story summary and I've got it downloaded on my Ipad.  It's also available in paperback which is a prerequisite for our book club.  Here it is:


The book was written in 2011 by Karen Russell.  It's about a family living in Florida, running a gator wrestling theme park.  Here's an excerpt from the review on  The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly #1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava’s father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety-eight gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief.

I can't wait to read it!

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