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Welcome and a Poll

November 1, 2010

Welcome to the Highland Book Club! We hope you’ll join us on this reading adventure. This website will serve as the club’s headquarters, so please browse about for important information. In particular, the About page contains contact information and the book selection and meeting policies. And the Meetings and History pages are, well, rather self-explanatory.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the site, please do the following three things:
1. Mark your calendar for our first meeting on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
2. Review the book choices below and VOTE in the poll
3. Leave a comment on this post, so your email address can be added to the list of those interested in the book club.

Mark your calendars, because our first meeting will be Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

But before we get to the meeting, we need to select a book to discuss. And what better way to accomplish that than through a vote? The poll below will be open through Friday, December 10, 2010, and the winning selection will be announced on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Before you vote, please read the following blurb from each of the books:

Peace Like a RiverPeace Like a River, by Leif Enger
Leif Enger’s best-selling debut is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, and a love story, in which “what could be unbelievable becomes extraordinary” (Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald). Enger brings us eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy in the Midwest who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey unfolds like a revelation, and its conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates.

RebeccaRebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten – a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife – the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

I Capture the CastleI Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the caste” – and the heart of the reader – in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.

After considering the above, please vote in the poll below:

After you vote in the poll, please leave a comment on this post, so your email address can be added to the list of those interested in the book club.

  1. Cyndie permalink
    November 18, 2010 8:35 pm

    Thanks for setting this up Jessica. I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Lorraine permalink
    November 21, 2010 5:09 pm

    Thanks, Jessica. I am really excited to be part of this.

  3. JaNea permalink
    November 21, 2010 7:27 pm

    I can’t wait to see which book is selected.

  4. Jamie permalink
    November 21, 2010 10:10 pm

    Hooray! I am so excited to have a book club again! I can’t wait.

  5. Kerry Thompson permalink
    November 22, 2010 7:10 am

    I’ve read this book and it is excellent.

  6. Kerry Thompson permalink
    November 22, 2010 7:12 am

    (The Book Thief)

  7. Stephanie Thacker permalink
    November 22, 2010 9:45 pm

    Sounds fun Jessica! Thanks for your work to get this going!

  8. Lynette Lawson permalink
    November 23, 2010 6:54 am

    Thanks Jessica, I am excited to join a book club. These books all look like good reads!

  9. Amy permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:52 pm

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for all your hard work!

  10. Barbara permalink
    December 24, 2010 9:05 am

    The blog looks great Jessica, thank you.

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