I go down the stairs quiet like I am something without any weight. I open the door in the dark and the cold sucks my skin towards it. It is the morning but there is no sun yet, just white light around the edges. It is the time to get the eggs. Time for my best thing. The eggs they shine with their white and I do not need the light to find them. The foxes need no light either. I am a little like the fox, he is a little like me.
Lucy is a young woman with an uncommon voice and an unusual way of looking at the world. She doesn’t understand why her mother has sent her to live with old Mister and Missus on their farm, but she knows she must never leave or her mother won’t be able to find her again.
Also living at the farm is a pregnant teenager named Samantha who tells conflicting stories about her past and quickly becomes Lucy’s only friend. When Samantha gives birth and her baby disappears, Lucy arms herself with Samantha’s diary—as well as a pet chicken named Jennifer—and embarks on a dangerous and exhilarating journey to reunite mother and child. With Dear Lucy, Julie Sarkissian has created an unforgettable new heroine of contemporary fiction whose original voice, exuberance, and bravery linger long after the final page.
The End of Your Life Book Club:
Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between. We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.
Where We Belong:
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that
ght she had locked away forever.
From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting
As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that wherememories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood,
forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.
we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.
I know what the next three months books are for book club – we plan ahead – we plan even further ahead than that – but it’s a secret. We want to give you enough time to read them of course, and appreciate some people read faster than others, we also appreciate that if I tell you what the next month’s book is today it’s not necessarily that you’ll go out buy it and start reading it within the next 48 hours. You may well click onto Amazon.co.uk and check it out, you might read an online review or ask a colleague about it. You might have read it. We’re hoping you haven’t. We’re hoping it grabs hold of you and even if you may not normally pick it up – we hope you do because it’s a book club book and you should get involved. Be involved. We think it’s going to be the next big thing – we know a thing or two about these types of things… it’s taken us years and we have a lot of help … but we think we’re heading in the right direction… but we still need your help – found a hidden GEM? We want to know about it, we need to know about it! There are some criteria, as there always is with things like these. For one it has to be available in paperback worldwide – if it’s not we still want to know about it – we can wait. Second it has to be a new book! We too liked Bridgette’s Jones Diary and To Kill a Hummingbird but we’d rather leave those best sellers in the past – we recommend you read them but probably not with us!
“Hey, so I think we need a logo… what do you think?”
This was the start of a fairly innocuous phone call to a friend of mine in Canada. Graphic designer extraordinaire. We’d known each other for most of our lives and I let him live at my cottage for multiple summers when we were in University so in my eyes, he was forever in my debt. He’s obsessed with Apple Computers and I don’t think he’s ever said NO to anything I’ve ever asked. It took a few weeks to get a reply – and perhaps a few friendly reminders .. but sure enough a couple weeks later he sent me a plethora of logos to choose from. This was years ago now, but I predictably chose the pink flowery one to go with my “girly book club”. And that’s how we got to where we are today. I didn’t really ever think must about it much. A complete volunteer pet project. He would update the logo as the group grew, adding Toronto, then some US cities to the logo and eventually Wellington in New Zealand and even Hong Kong. My happy pink logo was in its element.
It still is I guess you could say.
But, it’s time to think broader and bolder. When you log onto our website and see our logo there is a fairly BIG risk you’ll think you’ve landed on a young Girls book club, and that not so much the image we’re going for these days. Everyone has an opinion – so we put it to a poll and amazingly over 50% of those who voted – and MANY voted were in agreement. So here we go, listening to our public and although some of you have said you really were drawn in to our old logo it’s time for change! I’ll miss the old logo but after a few months of painstaking effort on the part of quite a few people – here we go! New Logo to be SHORTLY released … stay tuned!
I can’t count how many times I’ve heard “but with sooooo many women, how does it all work”… my initial response to this is
always something like “well come check it out and see… ” Because work – I assure you it does. It more than works – and this isn’t just coming from the Founder who is trying to subliminally sell you on the idea.. I’ve got pages and pages of testimonials from women who have come and experienced the reinvented Book Club phenomenon and of course, if you happen to have a chuck of unplanned time – I am happy to share them with you.
The problem, and I call it a problem very loosely – it’s not really a problem to those of us who are open minded, the “problem” is that when you hear the word book club -you may well envision a group of only women but there is likely only 8 -10 of them. It’s highly unlikely that you see over 100 women sat together discussing a book. So I think that us – here at the Girly Book Club are challenging you to let go of your pre-conceived idea of what a book club looks like – and instead take the best bits of it: The social aspect, the change the introduce the way you perceive a character or a story line, the fact that you’ll likely walk away with a few new friends, and of course the copious amounts of wine you’ll consume on the evening … and expect to be surprised by the fact that these common threads still exist – even when you do it on a BIG scale. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised