Newly organized group by a 2016 newcomer, Christie Zuk, this group meets at Christie’s house to discuss a new book each month. Meetings are first Monday of the month. Meet some new villagers, enjoy lively discussions, and discover books you might not otherwise read. Contact Christie for more information.
What a great evening for discussing books, movies, the community, your holidays and all the comings and goings this past winter. We missed you Marie but from your pictures you did not miss us too much!
Thank you MaryAnn and Nora for the goodies to nibble on while we chatted away.
Our book club book, 15 dogs certainly drew some diverse insights and opinions and I think it really led us to explore some great options for the next books for our club. I hope my dogs are happy and feel loved!
Our next meeting is Sunday June June 4th here at my house. Weather permitting is would be lovely to have our meeting outside or on the porch. Our next three books have been chosen so we can get a head start on our reading list.
June: Unflinching, the Making of a Canadian Sniper by Jody Mitic. This books gets 5 star reviews and already has us discussing everything from heroes to ethics:
Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.
Afghanistan, 2007. I was a Master Corporal, part of an elite sniper team sent on a mission to flush out Taliban in an Afghan village. I had just turned thirty, after three tours of duty overseas. I’d been shot at by mortars, eyed the enemy through my scope, survived through stealth and stamina. I’d been training for war my entire adult life. But nothing prepared me for what happened next.
A twenty-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Jody Mitic served as a Master Corporal and Sniper Team Leader on three active tours of duty over the course of seven years. Known for his deadly marksmanship, his fearlessness in the face of danger, and his “never quit” attitude, he was a key player on the front in Afghanistan. As a sniper, he secured strongholds from rooftops, engaged in perilous ground combat, and joined classified night operations to sniff out the enemy.
One day in 2007, when he was on a mission in a small Afghan village, he stepped on a landmine and the course of his life was forever changed. After losing both of his legs below the knees, Jody was forced to confront the loss of the only identity he had ever known—that of a soldier.
Determined to be of service to his family and to his country, he refused to let injury defeat him. Within three years after the explosion, he was not only walking again, he was running. By 2013, he was a star on the blockbuster reality TV show Amazing Race. In 2014, Jody reinvented himself yet again, winning a seat as a city councillor for Ottawa.
Unflinching is a powerful chronicle of the honour and sacrifice of an ordinary Canadian fighting for his country, and an authentic portrait of military life. It’s also an inspirational memoir about living your dreams, even in the face of overwhelming adversity, and having the courage to soldier on.
July: The HandMaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, despite being a mandatory read in school years ago it is once again a relevant read. This book gets 4.5 Stars
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.
August: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathanial Philbrick. This book gets 4.5 stars (but gets 5 stars by me!)
In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whale-ship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.
In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.
In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the book delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature, drawing on a remarkable range of archival and modern sources, including a long-lost account by the ship’s cabin boy. At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man’s relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.
I look forward to our next meeting, and hope to see everyone at the Artists festival in two weeks. It will be especially poignant for me as I came to this festival one year ago in anticipation of my move to Eden Mills in hopes of making new friends here. I may not have met anyone at the festival last year but sure have found great new friends in this wonderful community.