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. Starting July 11 at 11:30am – 12:30pm When the snow starts to fall, the Walking Book Club transforms into the Ski and Read 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.
The book for October is .. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.
An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart–an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist, but when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.
Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
The book for September.. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Past Books Include:
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
March 2018: ” Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters
February 2018: “The Thirteen Tale” by Diane Setterfield
January 2018 : “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts
December 2017: “Holiday Cookie Exchange”; bring a favorite title to share with the group
November 2017: “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen
October 2017: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
September 2017: “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
August 2017: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal