Book Club

 

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month to meet others who enjoy reading, share ideas, have lively conversations and make new friends. Everyone welcome. Coffee and tea provided. 


Date: first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm


Location: Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street.

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BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATIONS

If you're looking for a book recommendation, here's what the Oaklands Community Book Club has read over the last year. To access books, check out the Greater Victoria Public Library's digital collection here, place an order online with one of Victoria's wonderful local bookstores like Russell Books or Bolen Books (pick up and delivery options available), take a walk to your closest Little Library, or send an email to programs@oaklandsca.com and we may be able to connect you with someone who has a copy to share.


Book Selections


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist by Martina Scholten

The Wind in My Hair by Masih Alinejad

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian by Yusra Mardini

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

10:04 by Ben Lerner

Starlight by Richard Wagamese

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Negar's Favourite Read of 2019

Our book club facilitator, Negar's, favourite read of 2019 was Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic by Martina Scholtens.


This easy to read and emotional true story, takes us through a busy urban medical clinic for refugees in Vancouver. The human connection and emotional encounters of doctors and patients despite their vastly different cultures are portrayed beautifully, and it was really eye-opening for me to see what the new immigrants and refugees need to overcome in their new homes.


Feel free to add me on GoodReads to see what I'm reading now and talk about books! 

Book Club

Next Meeting - June 3

June's meeting is happening online! We're hosting the meeting with Zoom, click here to join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm. The meeting password is 512396.


June's book selection is February by Lisa Moore.


 In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns on the rig. It begins in the present-day, more than twenty-five years later, but spirals back again and again to the "February" that persists in Helen's mind and heart.

Writing at the peak of her form, her steadfast refusal to sentimentalize coupled with an almost shocking ability to render the precise details of her characters' physical and emotional worlds, Lisa Moore gives us her strongest work yet. Here is a novel about complex love and cauterizing grief, about past and present and how memory knits them together, about a fiercely close community and its universal struggles, and finally about our need to imagine a future, no matter how fragile, before we truly come home. This is a profound, gorgeous, heart-stopping work from one of our best writers. 

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Upcoming Meeting - July 8

July's book selection is The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.


 The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman—Briseis—watches and waits for the war's outcome. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles's concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis's people but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis's perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker's latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent. 


Please join us for a discussion on Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30-8 pm online via Zoom.

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