3rd Wednesday Book Club- September 2012

The National Year of Reading theme for September was Grow. Here at Nowra Library we explored HSC English texts that are currently under study. We also read:

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Disquiet by Julia Leigh
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Fishing for Tigers by Emily Maquire
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
Hannah & Emile by Belinda Castles
The Figtree by Arnold Zable
The Interrogator by Glen Carr
All My Enemies by Barry Maitland
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
London by Edward Rutherford
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi
Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
Sibyl’s Cave by Catherine Padmore
What Makes Us Tick: The Ten Desires That Drive Us by Hugh Mackay
Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

Most Talked About Reads

Fishing for Tigers by Emily Maquire
‘Mischa Reese flees a destructive, violent marriage and goes to live in Vietnam, working as a translator in Hanoi. At 35 Mischa is cynical and although she has a group of friends, she feels alone and not involved with Vietnamese society. Then she meets Cal, the Vietnamese-Australian son of one of her friends who is visiting his father. Her relationship with Cal develops into a full blown affair that is both wonderful and destructive. There were also a lot of interesting stories about Vietnam and its culture and myths. ’ – Lynne

The Interrogator: A CIA Agent’s True Story by Glen Carle
‘A difficult book to read, because so much of it has been blacked out by the CIA! This book is about Carle’s role in the interrogation of CAPTUS, a man the CIA suspected of being involved with Osama Bin Laden. The book also gives insights into the way the CIA operates. A real eye opener!’ – Lynne 

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
‘Chip Linton, a former airline pilot, his wife and twin daughters relocate to an old Victorian house in New Hampshire after a tragic plane crash in which Chip had been the pilot. His PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), the old house and the
new community combine to create even more horrors. This is a ghost story with a difference. Chilling!’ – Elaine  

Author Love-In: Alex Miller

Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 New South Wales Premier’s Awards. In 2011 he won this award a second time with his most recent novel Lovesong. Lovesong also won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Awards, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation. Autumn Laing is his tenth novel. (Biography sourced from Allen & Unwin).

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