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Ashe County Reading Challenge Book Club Guide: May 2023 Meeting Notes

May 2023


RCBC May 2023 Meeting Notes

Books Discussed (Click on the titles below to link to our Cardinal website.)

Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper 

  • A book so wonderful we have talked about it three times now!!! Nonfiction.  

Forbidden Fruit by Annie Murphy 

  • True, authorized account of the woman who had an affair with an Irish catholic bishop. Scandal!

Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon by Douglas Glover 

  • A book of rather offbeat short stories.

Shelby’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

  • A first “person” account of a dog on her way to becoming a movie star!

A New Day by Anita Bryant

  • Ms. Bryant talks about the turmoil in her life following the break up of her twenty-year marriage.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

  • A graphic novel rendition adapted by Loic Dauvillier.

The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

  • A short story chronicling the author’s experience surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

  • A “bizarre” story about phantom settlements in map making. A little bit science. A little bit fiction. A little bit academic. A little bit magic. A book that stands apart.

The Wishbook Christmas by Lynn Austin 

  • A feel good read for any time of the year. Two best friends in postwar America encouraging their young ones to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

The Accidental Veterinarian by Philipp Schott 

  • True stories from a veterinarian about the pets, and people, he treats. Tears and laughter abound.

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones 

  • A reframing of American history through the lens of slavery. A book that could change your thinking. The book is composed of essays, poems, and works of fiction that explore the legacy of slavery.

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen 

  • A Reese’s Book Club pick that tells the story of two college roommates involved in a counterfeit handbag ring.

Call the Nurse by Mary MacLeod

  • A true account of the adventures of a nurse in a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Heart warming.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi; translated by Geoffre Trousselot 

  • Book 1 in a series. A small coffee shop in Tokyo offers patrons a chance to move back, and sometimes forward, in time. What would you change if you could go back??

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan 

  • The book outlines the friendship of one Arab and one Jewish family amid a fraught history. The book grew from a radio documentary that the author did for Fresh Air by NPR.

Go As a River by Shelley Read 

  • A novel set in Colorado outlining the life of a woman who flees to the mountains after tragedy. The story outlines her struggles to survive in the harsh beauty of nature and how it teaches her to move forward and become stronger.

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

  • The fourth novel in a mystery series, this book continues to delve into the lives of folks near the Canadian community of Three Pines. Is something unnatural looming??

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

  • A story following three college friends as they build a highly successful gaming company. A beautiful tale of love, in all its forms and mutations, throughout shared lives.