The Book Thief Tabled!

What a good showing that was yesterday! Thanks to all the students who turned up yesterday for the book club at the Huntsville campus. Obviously, The Book Thief is still a popular book on campus. The book club looks forward to a repeat performance with the same number or even more students in March on the 9th at the same place, same time (101 E, 12:30 pm). If you do not mind a used book, Philomena is available via Amazon for a good deal. So please check it out as a possible source for all the books that we read at Books 101 Calhoun HSV.


Welcome Back!

Hello Everyone–
The book club is back with a bang this semester with even more gusto than the fall. For the spring, we have an awesome selection of books. Books that you will find irresistible. So come along…join us for sheer fun of reading…..
Here are the details.

Books 101 Calhoun Community College
101 E 12:30 PM Behind Administrative Office

The Book Thief: set in holocaust Germany, this story enlightens on living in a society governed by a tight regimen. However, books provide a form of solace. Let us find out how the world of letters has shone light on the darkness of horror and grief.
by Markus Zusak
9th February 2015

Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search. A heartbreaking true story of a mother whose son was taken away from her by chicanery! How do moribund social values destroy lives? Have a long look at what it meant to be a mother and woman in a society that is oblivious to human misery.
by Martin Sixsmith
9th March 2015

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Coming of age novel set in a high school. Perhaps that it was banned, during the initial years of its publication, is sufficient to titillate your interest.
by Stephen Chbosky
13th April 2015

The Club of Queer Trades: the best for last. From a taste of Chesterton last year, we know what to expect, don’t we? A collection of stories published at the turn of the 20th century, meant to stir the unconventional in the reader. No spoilers for this one!
by G.K. Chesterton
4th May 2015

December 9th, 2014

Hello, friends!
We meet on the 9th to converse about Innocent Man by John Grisham. The time and place is the same: R. 305 at 1:30 pm.
We also have an unusual item on the agenda–a presentation about South Korea by Ms. Chun Campbell.
I hope to see the regulars and a few more on Tuesday.
Look forward to seeing you all.
Books 101

October Session!

Thanks to all the students who participated enthusiastically in yesterday’s Books 101. It was great to be a part of your animated discussion. Columbine seemed to awaken student interest in the book and event. I hope all the books chosen for this semester will do the same to the members of the book club. We cannot meet the second Tuesday of November (Veteran’s Day), but we will meet the following Wednesday 12th of November, 1:30 pm room 305. Manalive by G.K. Chesterton (book for November) is a lighthearted book that ponders the unanswerable questions of life. Please continue to participate in the book club like you did yesterday. Cheers!

An additional note: click on this link for free access to an e-copy of Manalive!

Looking toward October 14th

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.

September 9th

Hello, Booklovers!
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……

A New Medley for the Fall Semester!

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: