A series of notes, drawings and journal entries by Esther Grace Earl, a teenager who died of thyroid cancer. A complicated work, about the ordinariness of people who are ill, and the extra-ordinariness of people.
You’re reading the Odyssey for your book club? Congratulations. It’s a tricky and tangled work. I hope these questions help you to pick through some of its features. Please be aware that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers! The narrative structure of the book is odd. Why is that? We start with Telemachus, and […]
This month I thought we’d get into the spirit of the great dystopian novel with one of the greatest – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four follows the life of Winston Smith. Winston lives in Oceania where the former United Kingdom existed. The state is controlled by a Dictatorship that includes ‘Thought Police’ and […]
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is available through Gold Coast Libraries. **Please be aware that book discussions may contain spoilers** This novel explores the nature of love across space and time, ageing, physical decay and the power of first-time love despite all of these earthly limitations. While certainly clever in […]
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Hurt and humiliated, when her fiancé runs off with another woman, highly accomplished quilter Honor Bright accompanies her sister Grace to America. Grace is to be married to […]
New York Times bestselling author John Green presents a star-crossed love story that begins when Hazel meets Augustus in a group for teen cancer survivors. The book’s beginning, a sweet romantic storyline, draws the reader into deeper reflection on what defines a well-lived life.
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** This book was marred by a great deal of controversy because it wasn’t purely fictional and was pegged as a memoir. This only came to light […]
The One-Hundred-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Jonas Jonasson’s debut novel The One hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is a rollicking comedy of errors. […]