Books by the Lake

Mitchell Zuckoff’s’s
Lost in Shangri-la
NONFICTION
May 21, 2014
7:30pm in the Lecture Hall.

~ 2014-2015 Ballot results will be announced at this meeting ~

This book discussion group combines the enjoyment of reading a single title and the desire to share insights, observations, and feelings about that one book with others who have read it. So many novels create a need in some readers to share their reactions about the book with others, as well as an opportunity to personally grow from the discussions of related themes and common experiences.

The next discussion will be Mitchell Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La: The Epic True Story of a WorId War II Plane Crash Into the Stone Age. Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea. Drawn from interviews, Army documents, photos, diaries, and original film footage, Lost in Shangri-La recounts this true-life adventure for the first time. Perfect for the reader who enjoys true adventure stories of disaster and rescue.

While reading, please consider: What makes a man or woman a hero, and does that definition change during wartime?

Circulation has multiple copies of the title chosen for the next discussion right before each meeting.

2013-2014 SCHEDULE

  • September 18, 2013 Something About This Generation:
    Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell And Carly Simon–and the Journey of a Generation & Gail Collins’s When Everything Changed:The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Both Nonfiction.
  • Weller, Sheila. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly
    Simon–and the Journey of Generation
    . A portrait of three of the Twentieth century’s most important musical artists offers a female perspective on coming of age during the 1960s as viewed through the lives and careers of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. 2008.
    Collins, Gail. When everything changed: the amazing journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Chronicles the revolution of women’s civil rights throughout the past half century, drawing on oral history and research in a variety of disciplines while celebrating Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential campaign. 2009.

  • October 16, 2013 Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us
  • For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph; a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuumlehrer of Buchenwald. 2004.

  • November 20, 2013 Roland Merullo’s The Talk-Funny Girl
  • Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents’ submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills. MA Must Read 2012. 2011

  • December 18, 2013 Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Nonfiction.
  • Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations. 2012.

    Holiday Potluck (Location to be announced.) begins at 6:30pm.

  • January 15, 2014 Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House
  • When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. 2010.

    Bring your ballot suggestions to the next two meetings.

  • February 19, 2014 Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude
  • “A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. Paris, 1927. Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, this is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.” 2012.

    Bring your suggestions for the 2014-2015 ballot.

  • March 19, 2014 Laura Harrington’s Alice Bliss
  • Follows the experiences of teenage Alice during her father’s deployment to Iraq, an agonizing waiting period during which she gains new independence and falls in love while trying to be strong for her mother and younger sister. Winner 2012 MA Fiction 2012. 2011

  • April 16, 2014 Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins.
  • The award-winning author presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. 2012.

    Ballots due before 12N, May 6, 2014.

  • May 21, 2014 Mitchell Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La: The Epic Story of World War II Plane Crash Into the Stone Age. Nonfiction.
  • Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea. 2011.

    Ballot winners announced for 2014-2015

  • June 18, 2014 M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans
  • A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore. The choice they make as a couple comes to haunt them, their unexpected happiness replaced by guilt and mistrust. Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut. 2012.

    End-of-Year Potluck (Date and location to be announced.) begins at 6:30pm.

Previous Discussions (1998 to 2013)