Sunday, May 15, 2011
A few days ago, my book club met for our May meeting and we discussed BLOODROOT by Amy Greene. I actually hosted the meeting and was the one who chose this novel because I had read so many amazing reviews. I appreciated the novel, but I didn't love it like I had hoped. Maybe my expectations were too high? I think most of our group agreed with me though -- the book was good and the story was interesting, but it didn't blow away any of us.
Having said that, I loved our discussion of the novel -- it was a very interesting book to dissect. I found it intriguing how the various members of our group interpreted things in the story differently when I was pretty sure that the events were obvious (I realized they weren't at all obvious after further analysis!) I can honestly say that after our discussion, I realized that BLOODROOT was a pretty darn good novel. I definitely appreciated it much more and talking about it for a few hours with my friends.
STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova. I have been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now so I'm glad that I now have the excuse I need to "make" me read it. I have heard such wonderful things about this book; however, I have a feeling that it won't be an easy read for me because of the subject matter. Regardless, I am looking forward to reading and discussing this novel.
Have any of you read STILL ALICE? What did you think? Is it a good discussion book?
Summary: She didn't want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna's baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighbourhood she realises that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease. She is only 50 years old.
While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.
Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.
Still Alice is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as powerful as Ordinary People. You will gain an understanding of those affected by early-onset Alzheimer's and remain moved and inspired long after you have put it down. -- Gallery