OFS Book Club – March 2018

Greetings neighbors—

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. for a spirited discussion of Muriel Barbery’s international bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

[The Elegance of the Hedgehog tells] a beautiful story with a large cast of fascinating, complicated characters whose behavior is delightfully unpredictable…No idea is too big or small to find a home in the Parisian apartment building where most of the characters live.  —The Wall Street Journal

The Elegance of the Hedgehog is about love. But not the sappy, head-over-heels variety. Rather, it’s about the love of one’s friends. It’s about the love you can experience when you connect with strangers. And it’s about the possibility—but just that—of romantic love.  —The Huffington Post

OFS Book Club – February 2018

Greetings neighbors—

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. for a spirited discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s Anything is Possible.

For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

When Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book about everyday lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder. —  USA Today

Anything Is Possible keenly draws a portrait of a small town where options are few, where everyone’s business is everyone’s business, and where verdicts rendered while young follow you your whole life. . . . — 
Minneapolis Star Tribune

OFS Book Club – August 2017

Greetings neighbors–

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of Remarkable Creatures  by Tracy Chevalier.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

More fact-based historical fiction from Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Last Runaway, etc.): the vivid, rewarding tale of 19th-century fossil hunter Mary Anning…. Shines a light on women usually excluded from history—and on the simple pleasures of friendship. — Kirkus

Chevalier turns a warming spotlight on a friendship cemented by shared obsession and mutual respect across profound class fissures; a friendship between two women who were indirectly responsible for several male careers and ultimately (partially, very indirectly) for Darwin’s insights.  –The Guardian

OFS Book Club – June

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Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

A gothic novel . . . [that] grabs the reader with its damp, icy fingers and doesn’t let go until the last shocking secret has been revealed. . . . equally suited to a rainy afternoon on the couch or a summer day on the beach.  —Library Journal

Setterfield has crafted an homage to the romantic heroines of du Maurier, Collins and the Brontes … enchanting Goth for the 21st century.  —Kirkus

OFS Book Club – May

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Please join the OFS Book Club on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

This is a charming book, inspired by Hanson’s forays into seed identification and dispersal with his young, seed-obsessed son…. Hanson’s twist of looking at human interactions with plants in their embryonic stage is new…. The Triumph of Seeds will engender thoughtful consideration of our joint future.  —Nature

[T]he genius of Hanson’s fascinating, inspiring and entertaining book stems from the fact that it is not about how all kinds of things grow from seeds; it is about the seeds themselves. Hanson…takes one of the least-impressive-looking natural objects and reveals a life of elegance and wonder…. Although he is a storyteller by nature, he also charms us with an infectious enthusiasm. The reader feels that Hanson cannot wait to tell us what comes next…. Like all good writers, he understands narrative — that a book, at its best, is a story, and that this one is built by spinning stories within stories. They are fun, sometimes they are funny, and they are always fascinating and readable…. [An] engaging book.  —New York Times Book Review

 

OFS Book Club – April 2017

Greetings neighbors–

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of Old Filth by Jane Gardam.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

[Old Filth] …outlines 20th-century British history through the life of Sir Edward Feathers, a barrister whose acronymic nickname provides the title: “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong.” — Publishers Weekly

Excellent and compulsively readable…Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters.  —The New York Times Book Review 

OFS Book Club – March 2017

Greetings neighbors–

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

Think Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alex Haley (Roots); think 12 Years a Slave…An electrifying novel…a great adventure tale, teeming with memorable characters…Tense, graphic, uplifting and informed, this is a story to share and remember.”
People,

The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.  —Publisher

OFS Book Club – January 2017

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Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

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The author of Seabiscuit (2001) returns with another dynamic, well-researched story of guts overcoming odds. — Kirkus

Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.  — People

OFS Book Club Plus! – September

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Please join the OFS Book Club PLUS! on Monday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

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Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic. — The New York Times

Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past? — USA Today

 

OFS Book Club Plus! – August

Greetings neighbors–

Please join the OFS Book Club PLUS! on Monday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. for a social evening – no reading required!  We will share travel photos and travel stories.  Please bring 10 -12 photos on a flash drive or in print.  Plenty of fun and great conversation!  For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.