July Book Club

posted Jul 4, 2013, 5:10 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 6:29 PM ]
Our next book club meeting is on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.  We'll be discussing The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu. 
From the highly praised author of Spilling Clarence, a luminous novel about the joy of family and the perils of loving.

The Woodrow family is going to the circus to celebrate Greta's seventh birthday. When five-year-old brother James eagerly volunteers to join the magic act, his parents watch with pride as he climbs onto the stage alongside the clown. The trick is spectacular and applause rings through the crowd as James disappears -- vanishing before their very eyes. The trouble is, James really did disappear . . . into thin air.

It will be Annette's turn to bring book suggestions and yummies.   We currently have one copy of it available at the library.
August's book will be Dog Stars by Peter Heller.  I've interlibrary loan requested this one, but we'll see how many we actually receive.  Here is a description from the author off of Amazon (sorry, Annette).  I simply had to include this because of the Heeler pic.  :)

Amazon Exclusive: Author Peter Heller on the Star of The Dog Stars

The inspiration for Jasper, a Blue Heeler mix, who is an integral part of this novel.



Our Hero, Hig, lives at a little country airstrip which he shares with his beloved blue heeler Jasper, and a mean gun nut named Bangley. It's nine years after a super-flu has killed 99.7% of the people on the planet. Hig sleeps out under the open sky at night with Jasper. He does it because he loves to see the stars, and because it's safer: if marauders come he won't be trapped in one of the nearby houses.

He used to have a book of the stars, but now he doesn't, so when he's lying out at night he makes up constellations. Mostly they are animals, and he makes one for his best friend Jasper. The Dog Stars. It's Hig's way of reinventing the lost world, and keeping in touch with the things he loves.

Jasper, to me, is the star of the book. He is fiercely loyal, and he gives Hig something to live for when there is not much else to hold on to.

Read on,