Lakeland Book Club

Reading good books with good friends in North Idaho

The Seamstress | April, 2014 April 1, 2014

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The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Selected by Joni Borg

The Seamstress

 

From Amazon.com:

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.

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

 

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A Moveable Feast | June, 2013 June 1, 2013

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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Selected by Joni Borg

A Moveable Feast

From Amazon.com:

A Moveable Feast is a set of memoirs by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years in Paris as part of the American expatriate circle of writers in the 1920s. The book describes Hemingway’s apprenticeship as a young writer in Europe (especially in Paris) during the 1920s with his first wife, Hadley. Some of the later prominent people who are featured in his memoirs include Aleister Crowley, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, Hilaire Belloc, Pascin, John Dos Passos, Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce and Gertrude Stein.

The memoir consists of Hemingway’s personal accounts, observations, and stories of his experience in 1920s Paris. He provides specific addresses of cafes, bars, hotels, and apartments, some of which can be found in modern-day Paris—“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

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The Wednesday Wars | September, 2012 September 1, 2012

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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Selected by Joni Borg

From Amazon.com:

Gary D. Schmidt was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2008 for The Wednesday Wars, the story of the seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood from suburban Long Island in 1967 who is stuck spending his Wednesday afternoons with his teacher Mrs. Baker . . . who is clearly trying to kill him with Shakespeare. As time rolls on, Shakespeare starts to grow on Holling, and even when he’s not playing the yellow-tighted role of the fairy Ariel, he can’t help but hurl the occasional Elizabethan insult. Laugh-out-loud scenes involving overfed escaped classroom rats and chalk-dusted cream puffs mix seamlessly with more poignant moments, some related to the Vietnam War. Holling is courageous, funny, and unique, and readers will love seeing him evolve beyond the expectations of others to become his own fabulous self.
Awards: 2008 Newbery Honor Book, 2008 ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2007 National Parenting Publications Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2007 Book Sense Award Finalist

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I chose it because it is a quick read and shouldn’t be stressful to finish in our short amount of time between meetings.  It is a Newberry Award winner.  It will make you laugh and maybe shed a tear.  It is a great book.  Can’t wait to see all of you next week at my house on Sept. 6 at 7:30!  Enjoy your last week of summer!    -joni

Edit:

Hey, I just noticed that The Wednesday Wars is only a Newberry Honor book, not the winner for 2007.  Oh well, I think you will find it is an exceptional book anyway.

 

Romeo and Juliet / Juliet / The Wednesday Wars | March, 2012 March 1, 2012

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Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare, Juliet by Anne Fortier and The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Selected by Joni Borg

          

From Amazon.com (Romeo and Juliet):

“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,”

With these first lines, Shakespeare’s timeless play of young love and untimely death begins; as in life, it is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, always poignantly beautiful. While our emotions are moved by the imagery and rhythms of Shakespeare’s verse, our minds are delighted by the sharpness of his insights into life, death, and the human condition.

Written in the mid-1590s, the play is regarded as one of the Bard’s earliest masterpieces. To make Romeo and Juliet more accessible for the modern reader, our Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary of the more difficult words, as well as convenient sidebar notes to enlighten the reader on aspects that may be confusing or overlooked. In doing this, it is our intention that the reader may more fully enjoy the beauty of the verse, the wisdom of the insights, and the impact of the drama.

From Amazon.com (Juliet):

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?

From Amazon.com (The Wednesday Wars):

Gary D. Schmidt was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2008 for The Wednesday Wars, the story of the seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood from suburban Long Island in 1967 who is stuck spending his Wednesday afternoons with his teacher Mrs. Baker . . . who is clearly trying to kill him with Shakespeare. As time rolls on, Shakespeare starts to grow on Holling, and even when he’s not playing the yellow-tighted role of the fairy Ariel, he can’t help but hurl the occasional Elizabethan insult. Laugh-out-loud scenes involving overfed escaped classroom rats and chalk-dusted cream puffs mix seamlessly with more poignant moments, some related to the Vietnam War. Holling is courageous, funny, and unique, and readers will love seeing him evolve beyond the expectations of others to become his own fabulous self.
Awards: 2008 Newbery Honor Book, 2008 ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2007 National Parenting Publications Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2007 Book Sense Award Finalist

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Romeo and Juliet                Juliet                                 The Wednesday Wars

 

I Capture the Castle | February, 2011 February 1, 2011

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Selected by Joni Borg

From Amazon.com:

I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle”–and the heart of the reader–in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.

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A Tale of Two Cities | December, 2009 December 1, 2009

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Selected by Joni Borg

From Amazon.com:

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!’ Set before and during the French Revolution in the cities of Paris and London, A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of Dr Manette’s release from imprisonment in the Bastille and his reunion with daughter, Lucie. A French aristocrat Darnay and English lawyer Carton compete in their love for Lucie and the ensuing tale plays out against the menacing backdrop of the French Revolution and the shadow of the guillotine.

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A Year in Provence | July, 2008 July 1, 2008

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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Selected by Joni Borg

From Amazon.com:

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

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