2023 book club

january book(s)

choose your own book month!

In January, we're did things "Guernsey Literary Society" style. The rules: 1) Choose any book you like, except those on our suggestion list. 2) Keep your book a secret till our meeting. 3) Prepare a brief presentation with a summary of the book and your opinion on it. Slide shows encouraged.


club meeting date: January 27 @ 7:30pm

the books we chose

The Tunnel King by Barbara Hehner

The Great Escape was the most daring and meticulously planned prisoner-of-war breakout of the Second World War. Yet not many Canadians know the heroic story of Wally Floody, a Canadian airman imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, who was a key figure in digging a set of sophisticated tunnels. Now acclaimed children’s writer Barbara Hehner has penned a gripping action-adventure that tells Floody’s incredible story, and how he eventually became the consultant for the movie The Great Escape.

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Flung back in time by a mysterious accident, Sam Vimes has to start all over again. He must get a new name and a job, and there's only one job he's good at: cop in the Watch. Brutal murder Carcer is on the loose, he has to teach his young self everything he knows, the city is about to erupt in revolution...and back in the present, his wife's having a baby, and he wants to go home.

Alicia's slides (Canva)

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

Kayla's slides PDF

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Sarah's slides (Google Slides)

Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke

Humans have a complicated relationship with butts. It is a body part unique to humans, critical to our evolution and survival, and yet it has come to signify so much more: sex, desire, comedy, shame. A woman’s butt, in particular, is forever being assessed, criticized, and objectified. But why? Reporter, essayist, and RadioLab contributing editor Heather Radke is determined to find out.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide.

Sharmaine's slides (PDF)