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Our Kite Tales Book Club meets 6 times a year and we use this opportunity to conduct Chapter business as well as discuss the book of the month. Theta's of any age are welcome to attend! Feel free to attend the meeting even if you haven't read the book.
September 11, 2016 - Heidi's House @ 2pm
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestselling novel—now an acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s.
“One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
October 16, 2016 - Lisz's House TBA @ 2pm
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel by Nadia Hasimi
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
February 12, 2017 - Cyndy's House @ 2pm
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antaractic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue.
Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively. Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton's inspiring leadership.
The survival of Hurley's remarkable images is scarcely less miraculous: The original glass plate negatives, from which most of the book's illustrations are superbly reproduced, were stored in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months on the ice floes, a week in an open boat on the polar seas, and several more months buried in the snows of a rocky outcrop called Elephant Island. Finally Hurley was forced to abandon his professional equipment; he captured some of the most unforgettable images of the struggle with a pocket camera and three rolls of Kodak film..
March 12, 2016 - Janelle's House @ 2pm
The Guest Room: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.
In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers..
Books from the 2015-2016 Season:
September 20, 2015 - Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
October 18, 2015 - Mom and Me and Mom, by Maya Angelou
November 15, 2015 - The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel, by TaraShea Nesbit
January 10, 2016 - Still Life, Louise Penny
February 7, 2016 - The Cuckoo's Calling, by JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith
March 6, 2016 - Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, by Carol Wall
Books from the 2014-2015 Season:
September 14, 2014 - The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
October 12, 2014 - An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for Civil Rights Act of 1964, by Todd S. Purdum. **City of Burlington's Community Book Choice.
November 9, 2014 - Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
January 11, 2015 - Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bojalian
February 8, 2015 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
March 8, 2015 - Alice Paul: Claiming Power, by J. D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry
Books from the 2013-2014 Season:
September 15, 2013 - Arcadia, by Lauren Groff
October 2013 - The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian
November 10, 2013 - The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
December 8, 2013 - The Dinner, by Herman Koch
January 12, 2014 - Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (Vermont Reads 2014 selection)
February 9, 2014 - The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
March 9, 2014 - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
Books from the 2012-2013 Season:
February 2013 - The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
May 5, 2013 - The Round House, by Louise Erdrich