Mom’s Book Nook – November 2015

by Meghan

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Happy November, y’all!  Did you miss me last month?  On the first Monday of October, I was busy in Labor and Delivery, so missed my monthly Mom’s Book Nook post.  But fortunately my co-host Laura at Sunny Day Family got the word out to everyone!  If this is your first time joining us, Mom’s Book Nook is a virtual book club for busy moms who still crave great reads, awesome book discussion and recommendations, but don’t quite have time to make it to an in-person book club anymore.  All you have to do to join us is read the monthly selection.  We announce a new book on the 1st Monday of every month, and host a discussion via Facebook event on the last Monday of the month at 9PM ET.

Mom's Book Nook - A Virtual Book Club November 2015

Mom’s Book Nook – A Virtual Book Club

After a few months of heavier reading with Orphan Train in August and The Nightingale in September, we opted for an easier read and mystery for October, with Girl on a Train.  It did not disappoint.  I started reading it while I was in the hospital with Baby M, and finished it within the first week I was home with a newborn… that’s how much of a page turner it was!

The story of Rachel, an alcoholic, unemployed divorcee, who fantasizes about the life of a young couple she sees from the train everyday, takes a dark turn when the wife of the young couple goes missing.  Turns out the young couple also lives a few doors down from where Rachel once lived, and her ex-husband still lives with his new wife and toddler.  All a little too convenient and coincidental, and as our discussion uncovered, the more you talk about the book the crazier it and the characters all seem.

November 2015 Book

We got lots of great book recommendations at the end of last week’s discussion.  Our November selection has been on Laura and my list for awhile, but we wanted to wait for it to be out a little longer for those of our followers who check their books out from the library.  Go Set a Watchman is an old manuscript just published in July 2015 by Harper Lee, and serves as a sequel to her classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  It is one of the those books I was assigned to read in middle school that fueled my passion for reading, and made me pursue an English double major in college, when my Finance books left me wanting more!

About the Book

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

It should also be noted, the publication of this ‘sequel’, which is alleged to have been the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird before an editor encouraged Lee to take a different approach, has not been without it’s fair share of controversy.  Despite all the hoopla, I have been dying to read it and judge for myself.

About the Author

Nelle Harper Lee is known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, her only major work. In 1999, it was voted “Best Novel of the Century” in a poll by Library Journal. Ms. Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007. Her father was a lawyer who served in the Alabama state legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and enjoyed the friendship of her schoolmate, Truman Capote. After completing To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas, to assist him in researching his bestselling book, In Cold Blood. Since publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee has granted very few requests for interviews or public appearances.

Monthly Mom’s Book Nook Discussion and Giveaway

To join Mom’s Book Nook, all you have to do is read with us each month! We announce our book for the month on the first Monday of the month and host a virtual book club discussion via Facebook event on the last Monday of the month at 9PM ET.  All discussion participants can enter to win a $10 gift card to their choice of Barnes & Noble or Amazon to get next month’s book selection FREE!  We hope you all will join us for another month of great discussion, and your chance to give your best book recommendations for December!

We are also now on Goodreads!  See all the books we’ve already read, what we thought, and invite your friends to join us.  You can also find all our past selections on our Mom’s Book Nook landing page, as well as our Mom’s Book Nook board on Pinterest!

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