Books ‘n Bites

Join us each month for a fun and lively book club experience!

If you like to exercise your physical as well as your literary muscles, the Walking Book Club explores the trails of Vail and the themes of the book of the month.  Every second Friday of the month. When the snow starts to fall, the Walking Book Club transforms into Skiing Book Club, with members meeting to discuss the book and then take to the slopes!

If you’d rather enjoy the beauty of nature through a window, and join in a discussion of the book of the month over light refreshments, please join us for Books ‘n’ Bites.  Once a month this group meets in the Community Room to share conversation and sample foods inspired by the book of the month.


Titles for the 2019 year

May 2019… “The lovely bones: a novel” by Alice Sebold

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book — a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world. “My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her — her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

 

June 2019… “The stars are fire” by Anita Shreve

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath–based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens–and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.

July 2019: The Martian: A Novel

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


The book for April 2019…“All grown up” by Jami Attenberg

Andrea is a single, childless 39-year-old woman who tries to navigate family, sexuality, friendships and a career she never wanted, but battles with thoughts and desires that few people would want to face up to. Told in gut-wrenchingly honest language that shimmers with rage and intimacy, All Grown Up poses such questions as: – What if I don’t want to hold your baby?- Can I date you without ever hearing about your divorce?- What can I demand of my mother now that I am an adult?- Is therapy pointless?- At what point does drinking a lot become a drinking problem?- Why does everyone keep asking me why I am not married? Powerfully intelligent and wickedly funny, All Grown Up delves into the psyche of a flawed but mesmerising character. Readers will recognise themselves in Jami Attenberg’s truthful account of what it means to be a 21st century woman, though they might not always want to admit it.


Past Books Include:

March 2019: ” The Last of the Menu Girls” by Denise Chavez (OBOV 2019 Title)

February 2019: “Everybody’s son” by Thrity Umrigar

January 2019: “The Dinner ” by Herman Koch

December 2018: No Book Club

November 2018: “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen

October 2018: “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls

September 2018: “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George

August 2018: “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn

July 2018: ” Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

June 2018: ” Bemeath a Scarlet Sky” by Marl Sullivan

May 2018: “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

April 2018: ” The Spy” by Paulo Coelho

       

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