Saturday, September 23, 2006

Are you part of a book club?

Did you know the Roseville Library has a collection of 47 book club kits for adults and 18 for kids? These kits contain multiple copies of one title with questions and author information included. Each kit checks out for six weeks.

Here's a sampling of your choices.

Ingrid Hill
Ursula Under
Hill's enchanting debut novel spans more than 2,000 years and is brimming with an engaging cast of characters. Annie and Justin Wong, who live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, are on a day trip exploring the area where Annie's Finnish great-grandfather died in a mine collapse in 1926. Suddenly their only child, Ursula, disappears down an abandoned shaft, setting off a monumental rescue attempt and accompanying media frenzy.

Jeffrey Eugenides
Spanning three generations and two continents, the story winds from the small Greek village of Smyrna to the smoggy, crime-riddled streets of Detroit, past historical events, and through family secrets. The author's eloquent writing captures the essence of Cal, a hermaphrodite, who sets out to discover himself by tracing the story of his family back to his grandparents. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon is a powerful, sensual, and poetic exploration of four generations of a family mistakenly named Dead. Told through the eyes of "Milkman," a rare male protagonist in Morrison's wonderful catalog of unforgettable characters, we discover a century's worth of secrets, ghosts, and troubles.

Mark Haddon
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
The hero of Haddon's debut novel is 15-year-old Christopher Boone, an autistic math genius who has just discovered the dead body of his neighbor's poodle, Wellington. Wellington was killed with a garden fork, and Christopher decides that, like his idol Sherlock Holmes, he's going to find the killer. Wellington's owner, Mrs. Shears, refuses to speak to Christopher about the matter, and his father tells him to stop investigating.

Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway
As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.

Isabel Allende
Eva Luna
Born in the back room of the mansion where her mother toils, and herself in service from an early age, the enchanting and ever-enchanted Eva Luna escapes oppression through story telling. Rolf Carle flees Germany for South America, and ultimately works as a documentary film maker, to escape childhood memories of burying the concentration camp dead. The two are brought together by guerrilla Huberto Naranjo, Eva's lover and a subject for Rolf's camera in this dense, opulent novel that serves as a metaphor for redemption through creative effort.

E.B. White
Charlotte's Web
The timeless story of friendship and good writing.

Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
Three children travel through space to find their father.

Neil Gaiman
A house with a dark alternate reality forces Coraline to rescue her parents.

Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord
Two runaways flee to Venice and become part of the Thief Lord's band but who is he really?

Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting
The Tuck family discovers a spring which grants eternal life, decides to protect it for the sake of humanity, and finally meets challenges to their goals in the form of a ten-year-old's inquisitive mind and a greedy stranger who suspects their secret.

C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The classic adventure of four children fighting evil in Narnia.

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