Book Club Selections for this month – October 2017
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The Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10 is a suspenseful and haunting novel, set at sea. Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given an assignment on a luxury cruise. At first, the voyage is pleasant: the sky clear, the waters calm, the cabins plush, the dinner parties sparkling and the guests elegant. But soon the weather changes, it becomes very windy and the skies turn gray. Then Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. All passengers are, however, accounted for — and so, the ship sails on as if nothing happened despite Lo’s attempts to convey that something has gone wrong…
FROM THE AUTHOR OF IN A DARK, DARK WOOD
Featured in TheSkimm
An Entertainment Weekly “Summer Must List” Pick
A New York Post “Summer Must-Read” Pick
Included in Summer Book Guides from Bustle, Oprah.com, PureWow, and USA TODAY
Discussion Questions | The Woman in Cabin 10
Hiking the Holy Mountain | John McKinney
As the Los Angeles Times hiking columnist, John McKinney had a professional purpose for his trip: to hike around the Holy Mountain and write about Mt. Athos as a hiking destination, a spiritual adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. What he encountered there instead was an epiphany that changed his life and a colorful collection of wise Greek monks, who taught him that on this amazing path we call life, we’re often compelled to change direction. This is a powerful one-of-a-kind story of saints and icons, ancient traditions and modern-day faith and family.
As the Los Angeles Times hiking columnist, John McKinney had a professional purpose for his trip: to hike around the Holy Mountain and write about Mt. Athos as a hiking destination, a spiritual adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. What he encountered there instead was an epiphany that changed his life and a colorful collection of wise Greek monks, who taught him that on this amazing path we call life, we’re often compelled to change direction.
His friend Spiro joined him on the journey and they were truly the hiking odd couple. Spiro was a tenderfoot, John an expert hiker. Spiro was a devout Greek Orthodox Christian and fluent in Greek, whereas John’s faith was shaky and his Greek was terrible. Spiro believed in the wonder-working powers of the saints and icons, while John was a skeptic who doubted all miracles.
Discussion Questions | Hiking the Holy Mountain
Just for Fun Selection
My Italian Bulldozer | Alexander McCall Smith
When writer Paul Stewart heads to Italy to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative: a bulldozer. And so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series returns with an irresistible new novel about one man’s adventures in the Italian countryside.
Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery (plus the occasional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for both heartache and writer’s block. But upon Paul’s arrival, things don’t quite go as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer.
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