*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Far from the Tree, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!
Thus far in the history of this site, there have been no YA books featured. This isn’t because I haven’t read any young adult fiction, but mainly because most book clubs lean towards adult fiction.
Some YA books just aren’t what many book clubs are going to choose to read and that’s okay, but before you click away, read a little more about why I chose this book.
Far from the Tree is a young adult book that I think you will love, especially if you have teenagers at home or you have been adopted or have adopted a child.
This brilliant novel addresses many heavy topics with grace and care including teen pregnancy, alcoholism, adoption, foster care, divorce, discrimination, and more. And it does it while still maintaining the complex mix of innocence and wisdom through which teenagers process the world.
Beyond my personal vote of confidence, Far from the Tree won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, so you can trust that it’s complex and well-written enough for book clubs.Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Paris Library, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!
If you are a fan of WWII fiction, then you know that in the last few years there has been a boom of great historical novels from the time period that feature unique aspects of the war.
For example, The Nightingale dealt with female Resistance couriers and the French occupation. The Book of Lost Names revolved around a female document forger. And, of course, there was All the Light We Cannot See as well.
The Paris Library is another novel about WWII France from a unique perspective. It follows Odile Souchet, who secures a position at the circulation desk of the American Library in Paris just as the war breaks out. Through her, we see how the war affected citizens of Paris and those who stayed through the Nazi occupation of France.
(Also, can we just stop and appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is?)
The novel is a dual timeline story and the second timeline follows Lily, a young girl in 1980s Montana who is now the neighbor of Odile Souchet. As the older Odile and Lily become friends we learn more about Odile’s regrets from wartime and the vibrant cast of readers and librarians she knew at the American Library in Paris.
If you love reading about WWII or the time period, but have trouble getting through some of the violence and starvation that was rampant during the war, then I think you will like The Paris Library. While the characters deal with their fair share of conflict, the violence and mentions of hunger are kept to a minimum given the subject.Continue reading