Lakeland Book Club

Reading good books with good friends in North Idaho

Shogun | June, 2014 April 19, 2014

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Shogun by James Clavell

Selected by Group Pick



A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power…

This book was selected because:

It’s a book we could all agree on!


The Little Prince | May, 2014

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Selected by Group Pick

The Little Prince


No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike than this wise, enchanting fable. There are few stories that in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers. This is one.

This book was selected because:

It is a quick, easy read, but it is such a great book.  Even though it is short and sweet, we could talk about it for hours.


The Seamstress | April, 2014 April 1, 2014

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The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Selected by Joni Borg

The Seamstress



As seamstresses, the young sisters Emília and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal—useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire. Emília, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city. Quick-tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life. But when Luzia is abducted by cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk and Emília stumbles into a marriage with the son of a wealthy and politically powerful doctor, the sisters’ quiet lives diverge in ways they never would have imagined.

This book was selected because:

Joni highly recommended this book. She said that even though it is a bit long it is an easy read.



I Am Malala | March, 2014 March 1, 2014

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Selected by Monique Stevens

I Am Malala


When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

This book was selected because:

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The Winter Sea | February, 2014 February 1, 2014

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The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Selected by Donna Minter


History has all but forgotten…In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

This book was selected because:

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The Book Thief | January, 2014 January 1, 2014

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Selected by Peggy Reynolds

The Book Thief


It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

This book was selected because:

It is a book everyone was interested in reading.


Christmas Exchange 2013 December 6, 2013

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Gift Books

Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Winter Reading  Magical Books