Thursday, July 30, 2015

AuThursday: A Report from our Book Clubs

Fargo-Moorhead Area Book Club
On a sunny day in May, the Fargo Moorhead Area Book Club met to discuss Geoff Herbach's Stupid Fast. Our group loved that this book was so much more than a sports book. Through Felton's messy efforts to sort through the issues he faces, from evolving relationships to dealing with family trauma, we found a story filled with both humor and hope. Stupid Fast is a great middle school and high school read sure to pull readers in fast! 

As this was our final meeting of the 2014-2015 year, we spent the remainder of our meeting discussing plans and books we wanted to read over the summer. The FM Area Book Club looks forward to starting up again in September! Be on the lookout for our 2015-2016 book list coming to you in August! 

--Dan Dooher, FM Area Book Club Coordinator

Grand Forks Book Club
For book club in July, we read and discussed All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was one of the more contentious titles we've read lately. Some either loved it or weren't thrilled at all by it. The story follows Marie-Laure, a blind girl living with her father in Paris during the Nazi invasion, and Werner, a young German orphan with a knack for radios. Throughout the story, we saw the threads that pulled these two together.  

We also took some time to discuss other books we're enjoying this summer. Pam read Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, the tale of a young Jewish girl growing up in Boston at the beginning of the twentieth century. Andrea read three volumes of a graphic novel series called Young Avengers, which follows the sons and daughters of Marvel's greatest. Katie is re-reading Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series.  

Our book for next month is El Deafo by CeCe Bell.

--Andrea Scherer, GF Book Club Coordinator