RGC Group’s Book 4:
Our RGC group’s book 4 was Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal.
RGC: We all thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the conversations it sparked were so interesting! Everyone is planning to read other books related to the book and ideas, and other books mentioned in the back, which is always great to see! Thanks so much to Claire for answering our questions!
Claire Cameron: I loved this interview, thank you. It’s so much fun to be a part of a conversation.
Little Free Library, a wonderful organization that RGC has partnered with in the past, has just launched a new initiative. Action Book Club (ABC) pairs a love of reading with community service in an effort to strengthen both minds and communities. Any pre-existing book club (or new club!) can sign-up to get involved. Many of the books we recommend here at RGC are also recommendations of ABC so it’s easy to integrate your own group’s reading with an ABC service project. Margret Aldrich of Little Free Library took a few minutes to answer some of our questions about this exciting initiative and provide details about how to sign up.
RGC Group’s Book 3:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Our RGC group’s book 3 was Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Eimear recently published her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians.
For many of our group members this was the first time reading a novel written with a lyric prose style so we discussed writing style as much as the story itself. The book brought up many important and timely issues to discuss: gender, power, trauma, individuality and perception,
RGC Group’s Book 2:
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Our RGC group’s second book was Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. This was our group’s first “young adult” book, and while the setting took us back to middle school memories (some fond, some not so fond), the issues and struggles were ageless. We had a very interesting discussion about grief, individuality, friendship, bullying, and the different actions that can be used in place of words. And Ali kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
Thank you James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me for the wonderful Skype Chat with The Wanderers!
A Note From the Wanderers:
In 2013 our ten members met at the local library and decided to organize the North Versailles Book Club. Even though we have different backgrounds (Artists, Teacher, Salesman, Homemaker, Minister, Business Owner and administrative assistant), we have one thing in common: our love of reading. Our meetings are held the first Friday of the month at a local family restaurant.
RGC Group’s Book 1 is: Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Our first book was Allison Amend’s, Enchanted Islands. We enjoyed following Frances to Chicago, Nebraska, San Francisco, and of course the Galapagos Islands, and we found it especially fitting for the end of the summer. We had a very interesting discussion about chance and circumstance, and Allison kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
RGC Group: Once you decided you were going to write about Frances Conway, and you knew her story on the islands, how did you choose where to start?