Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? September 2012

Congratulations to Lois and the JCC 39ers for winning the random drawings for this month’s Discussible Book Choice!

We read The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. We were thrilled to learn and discuss the use of the zoo and the role of animal lovers in saving Jews in Poland during WW2. We discussed the role of Nazi leaders in redeveloping animal breeds that had become extinct. Such a love for animals and a disregard for humasn life.

Lois, JCC 39ers, Maitland, FL

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More Discussible Book Choices

The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal was a sheer delight.  Everyone in group liked it.  This rarely happens.  Even the men in our group enjoyed reading about the Indian culture and how it fits into an American lifestyle. Recommended!

—Cecelia, Pearl Chapter One Book Club, Pearl, MS

We recently read State of Wonder by Anne Patchett.  Nobody LOVED it, but we all liked it.  The important thing about it is that it provided for a GREAT discussion - one of the best ever.  And that is the point of book clubs - to discuss books.  When everyone feels the same way about the characters and their decisions, there's just a lot of head-nodding and agreement.  But real discussion comes about when the characters and their decisions are complex.  An excellent book club choice.

—Lizabeth, La Mesa Ladies Book Club, San Diego, CA

We just had a wonderful Midwestern tropical experience by reading Moloka'i by Alan Brennert and sampling a few dishes of Hawaiian food. We learned about leprosy and the leper colony on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i in this fascinating historical fiction. The characters were spunky and endearing, the setting was exotic, the story was compelling and the discussion was lively. I love it when an entertaining book generates an exciting discussion and I highly recommend Moloka'i for your book club to read.

—Marla, BBC, Washington, IL

We recently discussed Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan.  We enjoyed learning about the war between Ireland and Britain in the 1920's and how drastic the differences in lifestyles were between rural Ireland and urban New York City.

—AnnaLee, Monday Afternoon Book Club, Findlay, OH

We just finished reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. We had a very good discussion on time travel books and why they are so appealing. This is not King's usual horror story; the protagonist was a teacher who you could easily identify with. The book is long, but a page turner.

—Linda, Wednesday Night Reading Group, Meridian, ID

Our group enjoyed The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain.  Readers said they couldn't put it down--the end of every chapter was a cliff hanger except the end.

—Evelyn, Basset, NE