July Book Selection

July 2, 2011

And the winner is…

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp!

Come back for the book discussion on Saturday, July 30th!

Bloggy Book Club Updates:

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June Book Selection

May 30, 2011

And the winner is…

 

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

 

The June book club discussion will be July 2!  Happy reading!

March Book Discussion

April 2, 2011

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett

What did you think of The Help?
Share your opinions in the comments section and answer any of the discussion questions that you want to answer. Check back for more comments, and join the conversation!

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. Hilly and Mother are stuck in a pre-civil rights mindset, and others, though they don’t necessarily agree, follow their lead. This is one obvious barrier to equality. What other barriers do you see in the story? How did the characters push those barriers?

2. How do you think Skeeter grew throughout the book?  Think about her emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. 

3. Dialect can be a controversial topic in literature. Do you think the dialect used in this novel adds to or distracts from the story? Make a case for your opinion.

4.  Can a white author truly tell such personal stories for African American women? Or would the book be skewed?

5. Which character did you relate to the most and why?

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Happy reading!

February Book Discussion

March 5, 2011

Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. To what extent do the chapters concerning the elderly Jacob enhance the chapters recounting the young Jacob’s experiences with the Benzini Brothers circus? In what ways do the chapters about the young Jacob contribute to a deeper understanding of the elderly Jacob’s life?*

2. Who did you, upon reading the prologue, think murdered August? What effect did that opening scene of chaos and murder have on your reception of the story that follows?*

3. Some of the scenes were really graphic. Did this add to or distract from your reading experience? How so?

4. Marlena’s image as an abused woman is a common one. How did reading about her experiences connect to you on a personal or universal level? Think about personal or current events in the news.

5. Loyalty, abuse, redemption, and aging – These are all themes prevalent in the book. How did you see these themes play out from young Jacob to elderly Jacob? What other themes did you find as you read?

*The first two questions are quoted from the Book Goup Discussion Questions by Hal Hager of Hal Hager & Associates.