We’ll be having TWO more #CannonBookClub discussions this year, both two day periods, Friday through Saturday: June 8-9 and November 2-3. Make sure to consider price and library availability before you cast your vote. Vote in both of the polls on this page by March 31, 2018.
As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
“…’Cause I headed West to grow up with the country / Across those prairies with those waves of grain / And I saw my devil, and I saw my deep blue sea / And I thought about a calico bonnet from Cheyenne to Tennessee.” — Gram Parsons’ “Return of the Grievous Angel” The singer/songwriter had the ability to draw from the well of his past and experiences to inform his writing. Some authors painted a picture so aching, vivid and funny you felt yourself knocked back into a chair, mysteriously pulled up directly beside them so you wouldn’t miss a […]
3.5 stars I read this book for the first time back in October 2012. My review from back then can be found here. Back then, I rated the book 4 stars and from my write-up, I really appeared to enjoy it. The first Cannonball Read Book Club of the year was a discussion of this book, since the star-studded movie version, directed by Ava DuVernay will be in cinemas any day now. From the trailers and promotional material, the movie looks like it’s going to be visually stunning, and DuVernay has also chosen to make Meg bi-racial, played by newcomer Storm Reid, with […]
Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give has made a lot of lists since it was published last year, so it was already on my to read list when the book club I’m trying out picked it for February. We just met last night to talk about it so I admit those discussion points might have muddied the waters for me. The Hate U Give is the story of Starr Carter, a young African-American woman from a town called Garden Heights attending a private school in a neighboring town. One evening, having left a party early due to some gunshots, she […]
Here we go, time to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle! For many of you, this was a reread of a childhood book. For others, it was your first time delving into L’Engle’s worlds; but we’ve all heard the title over the years, and it’s been a bastion of Science Fiction since the sixties. Science fiction has often been used as a way to explore “otherness” as a theme. Alien beings and distant worlds offer us a way to think about different cultures we are aware of, but don’t feel familiar or comfortable with. L’Engle explicitly uses this […]
So I first read A Wrinkle in Time around 20 years ago. That’s my best guess. I remembered nothing about it, except that I did not like it at all, on a fairly strong level. So when I heard they were making a new movie I shrugged, but then it was directed by Ava DuVernay (yes), staring a diverse cast (YES), and then the trailer dropped. All in. Alllllll in. And it’s our bookclub book today! Reread commencing. I’m going to skip the plot synopsis on this one, as it’s pretty darn well known, and go into why, yet again, […]
I still love this. The last time I read A Wrinkle in Time was ten years ago. I hadn’t read the book in years before that, and barely remembered it, except for a few images that had burned into my subconscious (the man with the red eyes, for example; the Murry’s vegetable garden and their laboratory; Charles Wallace; and I remembered that I thought it was terrifying). It’s basically impossible for me to read or review it now without my childhood impressions coloring it. Because I think this may be one of those cases where a book is best first […]