3rd Wednesday Book Club- February 2013- Heartreads

photoWe had a lovely meeting yesterday here at Nowra Library with our 3rd Wednesday Book Club members. The theme for February is Heartreads, which is the second of the Read Play Watch themes for 2013. We’ve added our own flavour to each of the Read Play Watch themes this year, and this month, we focused on broken hearts, bad relationships and unhappily ever afters. It was great to hear everyone’s broken heart reads, and nice to see some happy endings in there as well.

February Reads

The Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalek
This is Where I Am by Karen Campbell 
Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Ravenscraig by Sandi Krawchecnko Altner
Klondike House: Memoirs of an Irish Country Childhood by John Dwyer
The Dubar Case by Peter Corris
Murder She Wrote- Domestic Malice (Murder She Wrote #38) by Jessica Fletcher
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is How by MJ Hyland
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Wondrous Times on the Frontier by Dee Brown
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Philida by Andre Brink
The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen
Light Falling on Bamboo by Lawrence Scott
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman
Poet’s Cottage by Josephine Pennicott
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Secrets in the Sands by Sara Sheridan
The Kiss by Kate Chopin
Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Most Talked About Books


The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith. (from www.goodreads.com)

Timbuktu by Paul Auster

‘Magnificent! Outstanding! This is the story of a dog named Mr. Bones and his owner Willy G. Christmas who is dying. Told from the viewpoint of the dog it is a captivating story of love, humour and tragedy that ultimately makes you think about what being human is all about. This book made me laugh and cry all at the same time. It also follows all the ‘rules’ in writing that make up a good book. Put it on your MUST READ list.’ (Elaine, 3rd Wednesday Book Club).

Klondike House: Memoirs of an Irish Country Childhood by John Dwyer

The eldest of six children, John Dwyer recounts his memories of a rural childhood on the remote but beautiful Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland. Complemented by a series of childhood photographs, his stories are told in vivid and colourful prose. He describes the hard but happy work of saving the hay, cutting the turf, shearing the sheep, and digging the potatoes. His humour comes to the fore as he describes a rampaging sheep and an innocent hobby nearly caused a local outcry. His account of his own family connections with America and especially Butte, Montana are a microcosm of all Irish-American stories of immigration. Sprinkled with a selection of fitting works by some of Ireland’s best-known poets such as Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh and Paul Muldoon, this gem of a book is a chronicle of the simple but happy life of an Irish farmer boy (from www.goodreads.com).

The Lovers of Algeria by Alouar Benmalek

Benmalik is Moroccan born, but as an adult writer, he had to flee to France and now lives there, although he holds both French and Algerian citizenships. The Algeria of this book is unbelievably brutal – someone is killed, tortured in the most horrible way every day, no one fares well.  Anna (a Swiss/German woman working in the circus) and Nassreddine, an Algerian are married and the story opens as they travel to a small village to live in 1955.  A hideous crime occurs and Anna and  Nassreddine are separated.  Forty years later, Anna, now a widow, returns to Algeria to search for Nassreddine.  This is a very dangerous enterprise, because foreigners are being murdered every day.  Anna’s search, with flashbacks to the past make this a stomach-turning read about a country that has been in turmoil for years.  The story covers the years 1928-1997, from the country living under French colonialism, to claiming independence, to falling in the hands of ruthless rulers “The Terrorists” i.e. Islamists. However, I am glad I made the effort to read this wonderful book (Lyn, 3rd Wednesday Book Club).


Read, Watch, Play 2013- February is Heartreads, and we’re reading about broken ones.

Gatsby and Daisy. Cathy & Heathcliff. Scarlett and Rhett.

Literature is full of passionate romances which ended rather badly.

Anna Karenina & Count Vronsky. Lancelot (Arthur) & Guinevere.

When you really think about it, there are a lot of broken and lonely hearts on our library shelves.

Othello killed Desdemona. Medea killed Jason. And Romeo and Juliet may as well have killed each other.

Break your heart with us this February.

We have a range of fiction featuring  broken hearts, just for you.

Here at Nowra library, we have a range of fiction featuring broken hearts, just for you.

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies takes out the Costa Book Award for 2012

ImageBring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel has been named 2012 Costa Book of the Year by a panel of nine judges who voted unanimously and in less than an hour. The win has solidified  Mantel’s place in literary history: Bring Up the Bodies is the first book to have been named both Costa Book of the Year and Man Booker Prize winner in the same year, while Mantel is also the only living author to have won the Man Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Yowzers!