Columbine: the book that takes us on a journey through the minds of the killers and survivors of the Columbine High School tragedy received much appreciation from readers when it was published in 2009. The book with its “before” and “after” structure compels us to assess a baffling and horrific chapter of contemporary history. What is perhaps even more distressing is that we continue to live in a labyrinth of such recurring nightmares. To understand and to use the past as a tool to face the shifting sands of the future, we should reach for this book. It may be haunting and enlightening at the same time.
We meet on the 14th October, 2014 at 1:30 pm to discuss Dave Cullen’s Columbine.
The venue is Room 305 in the new wing of the college that is close to the Student’s Center.
So we meet again: this time at room 101 E behind the administrative offices at 1:30 pm. And Then There Were None, the suspenseful novel by Agatha Christie provokes us to ask the question: Why does this book have such staying power? Let us find out when we meet next Tuesday……
Welcome to Books 101. I am excited to offer you a new set of books for this semester that I think each of us will read and appreciate for different reasons. So we have fictional and non-fictional selections that are all interesting. They have been chosen by students in the past semester and therefore these books are truly from you, for you!
Our first meeting will be on the 9th of September and the first book is And Then there Were None. This book by Agatha Christie has the distinction of being one of the largest selling books of all time. So let us read it in Aug-Sep and meet to talk about it on the 9th of Sept. at 1:30 pm in room 101E (Behind Administrative Offices)
Meanwhile for all book lovers you cannot bear to be distanced from books for long, here is a great podcast link for you: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/wbc
Thanks to all my students and friends who made it to Books 101 this year. The faculty and administration have enjoyed sponsoring the club and hope to continue doing so in the following years. Meanwhile, to keep up the interest in the book club, and to give advance notice to students to participate, the list for 2014-2015 is given below. Please keep on reading. I look forward to seeing new participants. Have a great summer!
Books 101 Calhoun Community College READING LIST for 2014-15
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
9th September, 2014
by Dave Cullen
14th October, 2014
by G.K. Chesterton
12th November, 2014
by John Grisham
9th December, 2014
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
10th February, 2015
Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search
by Martin Sixsmith
10th March, 2015
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Paperback
by Stephen Chbosky
14th April, 2015
The Club of Queer Trades
by G.K. Chesterton
5th May, 2015
The spring semester is coming to a close and on the 6th we are choosing our fall and spring book selections for next year.
Everyone is welcome to the food and fun we shall have today with a concluding session of the book club. We also look forward to discussing Dan Brown’s exciting book The Lost Symbol.
Thank you, dear students, for the well attended book club meeting yesterday. Each of you presented pertinent observations of this Steinbeck classic (Cannery Row) sincerely. Your earnestness provoked each of us to ponder over the immeasurable literary value of the novel. Cannery Row though slim in volume is condensed in theme and contains a cornucopia of meaning.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Carolyn Terrill has been selected president of the club for this semester. Mrs. Terrill, a student at Calhoun, has been devoted to the book club for two years now. She can always be reached via First Class.
Next month, on the 8th of April, we meet at the same place (101 E) at 1:30 pm. It is the second Tuesday. Please come join us after reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Also, try to compile a short list of five of the best books you have read recently.
Thanks to all the participants of the book club for their contribution to the first meeting on the 25th of February. We had an interesting session with discussion and slideshow of online pictures of the PCT about the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
On the 11th of March, we meet to discuss another illuminating and descriptive work : Cannery Rowby Steinbeck. Please join us for an hour’s discourse with instructors and students. All are welcome!