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:

Summer Break–Will Return in the Fall

In Closing:
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

Innocent man
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

Meeting on the 6th of May

Hello All!
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.