Oldstone Crossing Book Club 2015

Now entering its 8th year, we will continue to meet the Second Thursday of each month.  For 2015, we will begin at 7:00pm, at a home in the neighborhood.

January 8, 2015The Glass Door, Reggie Richardson. 90 pages

Adam knew at a very young age to hide in his room when his parents started to fight. He would watch his dad drive up the street and spend hours at that glass door hoping his dad would return. Adam’s mother got sick and died. While at the funeral the dad Adam had not seen in ten years showed up wanting him back. John, Adam’s dad would go to court and gain custody as Adam was entering high school, trying to rebuild a relationship with his father who was dating the high schools head cheerleader and had way more anger than Adam remembered.

February 12, 2015. The Essay by Robin Yocum.   256 pages

Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up along Red Dog Road, a dead-end strip of gravel and mud buried deep in the bowels of Appalachian Ohio. It is the poorest road, in the poorest county, in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Jimmy Lee hails from a heathen mix of thieves, moonshiners, drunkards, and general anti-socials that for decades have clung to both the hardscrabble hills and the iron bars of every jail cell in the region. This life, Jimmy Lee believes, is his destiny, someday working with his drunkard father at the sawmill, or sitting next to his arsonist brother in the penitentiary. There aren’t many options if your last name is Hickam.

March 12, 2015.  The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen.  576 pages.

After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson’s disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

April 9, 2015, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Jeffrey Archer,  320 pages.

The conned: an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life’s fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe. A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.  With nothing left to lose four strangers come together-each expert in their own field. Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and penny-for-penny, destroy him.

May 14, 2015,     Small Blessings, Martha Woodroof. 300 pages.

An inspiring tale of a small-town college professor, Tom Putnam, he spends his days browsing the Shakespeare shelves at the campus bookstore, managing the oddball faculty in his department and caring for his wife Marjory, a fragile shut-in with unrelenting neuroses.  Then, it becomes clear change is coming whether Tom’s ready or not.  A heartwarming story that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.

 

June 11,2015. All the Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, 545 pages.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
July 9, 2015  The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. 402 pages

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years.
August 13, 2015, Looking for Alaska, John Green. 221 pages.

Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
September 10, 2015, Bossypants, Tina Fey.  272 pages.

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

 

October 8, 2015  Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman,   181 pages

Sussex England. Middle aged man returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He’s drawn into a farm at the end of the lane, a trio of surreally strange female neighbors, and a mystery that we too cannot ignore. An evocative, lyrical fantasy by a master of the craft.

November 12, 2015Stories I Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe.   306 pages
 Pleasure.  A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.  A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

December 10, 2015… Christmas Party & 2016 book list planning..