Love to read? Join the club!
Ever wanted to join a Book Club?
Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) hosts a Book Club on the last Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm.
Each month we choose a different theme or genre to read, although you can still attend Book Club and talk about anything you have been reading, listening to or even watching!
Our theme for March is award winning or nominated books.
There's lots to choose from so see below for some of our recommendations.
The next meeting of Marlborough Library's Book Club is Thursday 26 March, 6:30 pm at the District Library (Arthur Street, Blenheim), See you there!
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.
Crossing by Pajtim Statovci
Bujar’s world is collapsing. His father is dying and his homeland, Albania, bristles with hunger and unrest. When his fearless friend Agim is discovered wearing his mother’s red dress and beaten with his father’s belt, he persuades Bujar that there is no place for them in their country. Desperate for a chance to shape their own lives, they flee. This is the beginning of a journey across cities, borders and identities, from the bazaars of Tirana to the monuments of Rome and the drag bars of New York. It is also a search through shifting gender and social personae, for acceptance and love. But faced with marginalisation at home and only precarious means of escape and survival, what chance do the young pair have of forging a new life? Pursued by memories of home and echoes of folk tales, they risk losing themselves in the struggle to leave their pasts behind.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say
exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance
(scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means
that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a
loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social
interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone
chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the
bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond
together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the
three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of
isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will
ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Sexton
Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over - until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away - and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.
Necessary Secrets by Greg McGee
Spanning the four seasons of a year, Necessary Secrets tells the story of Dennis (Den) Sparks and his three adult children. Starting with Den contemplating his mortality on the day of his 70th birthday, the year ahead is told from four different points of view. A searing picture of New Zealand society today, the family deals with love, loss, financial struggles, drugs, domestic violence, and all the issues that Kiwis deal with daily.