3rd Wednesday Book Club – July 2013 – Indigireads

Aboriginal Youths Here are the 3rd Wednesday Book Club reads from last month, Indigireads! As always we had a wide range of authors and genres to choose from, as well as some fabulous Indigireads from all around the world, too.

July Reads

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Great Australian Loneliness by Ernestine Hill
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
People of the Whale by Linda Hogan
Roads to Quoz : an American Mosey by William Least Heat-Moon
Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
The Son by Philipp Meyer
Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
An Open House by David Boyd
A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre
Waging Peace: Reflections on Peace and War From an Unconventional Woman by Anne Deveson
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Conditions of Faith by Alex Miller
The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee
My Driver by Maggie Gee

Most Talked About Reads


Inferno by Dan Brown

“In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.” (from Goodreads.com)

“This novel has all the ear-marks of Brown’s other novels.  Yet, what makes the story more impressive is the underlying theme of global problems due to carbon pollution, diminishing fresh water supplies and overpopulation.  All the previous signs are symptoms of a disease or plague that will eventually destroy humanity in the not-too-distant future.  It is a topic that is foremost in today’s media.  For this reason, Inferno is an interesting and thought provoking work.

Quote from the book:  “If you could throw a switch and randomly kill half the population on earth, would you do it?  OK, but what if you were told that if you didn’t throw that switch right now the human race would be extinct in the next 100 years?  […]  Would you throw it then?  Even if it meant you might murder friends, family and possibly even yourself?  Would you kill half the population today in order to save our species from extinction?”” – Elaine, from 3rd Wednesday Book Club.

Reserve a copy of Inferno at Shoalhaven Libraries today.

Solar by Ian McEwan

“Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. 

When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity?” (from Goodreads.com

This novel made our most talked about list because it features THE most disliked character of nearly all time (as voted by the 3rd Wednesday Book Club). Elaine, one of our long-time members, says: “Must admit that the underlying story of solar energy is admirable, but found the main character totally offensive.”

Interested? Reserve a copy of Solar by Ian McEwan at Shoalhaven Libraries today.

Qissat : Short Stories by Palestinian Women by Jo Glanville

“These fascinating and diverse stories reflect the everyday concerns of Palestinians living under occupation. Writers who were children during the first Intifada appear alongside those who remember the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war.

In this volume, Palestinian women offer compassionate, often critical, insight into their society in times of hardship and turmoil, yet look beyond to the warmth of human relations and the hope that better times will come.

These twelve stories are diverse in every way but one: they are all by women whose lives have been distorted by the loss of a homeland they can call their own.” (from Goodreads.com). Reserve a copy of Qissat at Shoalhaven Libraries today.

Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving

This book was read by one of our book club members, Barbara, whilst travelling in this very same region of Spain many years ago. Reserve a copy here.

Am I Black Enough For You by Anita Heiss

“What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal – however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don’t ask her to camp in the desert.

After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too ‘fair-skinned’ to be an Australian Aboriginal. Such accusations led to Anita’s involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue.

In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness.

Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?”

”This is a warm, funny, but also achingly sad book.” Lyn – 3rd Wednesday Book Club

Reserve a copy of Am I Black Enough For You? at Shoalhaven Libraries today.

The Local Wildlife by Robert Drewe

Welcome to the Northern Rivers, where the ‘local wildlife’ can refer to more than just the exotic native fauna. After a decade spent in this picturesque corner of Australia, home of chocolate-coated women, pythons in the ceiling, online Russian brides, deadly paralysis ticks, and the mysterious Mullumbimby Monster, Robert Drewe wiped the green zinc cream from his face and set down some of the unusual wildlife experiences that the far north coast of New South Wales – home of the world’s greatest variety of ants – has to offer.

Drewe’s trademark gentle wit, acute observational powers and mastery of the English language are all on display in this collection of sketches and anecdotes based on the quirkiness of daily life. His sharp eye for human foibles – including his own – is tempered with a generosity of spirit.

Tall tales from Australia’s master of the short story – but this time these short, short stories are true.” (from Goodreads.com)

”This book of true short stories is delightful, full of deliciously quirky characters – both animal and human…” – Lyn, 3rd Wednesday Book Club.

Reserve a copy of The Local Wildlife at Shoalhaven Libraries today.