The Eclectic Book Group

Eclectic Book Club meets once a month, please check the events calendar. We read a varied mix of fiction and non-fiction and are always looking for new members.

Joe & Annie's Eclectic Book Club - June - "The Watch"

Read The Watch and join the discussion. Open to all. New members always welcome.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to spend about 15 minutes of our discussion on speaker phone with the author, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.  He has visited Lift Bridge twice and did a previous speaker phone visit with our book group last year when we discussed his book Storyteller Of Marrakesh.  This is a rare opportunity to talk with one of the premier novelists of our time.
Event date: 
Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 7:00pm
The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307955913
Availability: Not Currently on our Shelf. Backordered from Publisher
Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic? Or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? Single-minded in her mission, she refuses to move from her spot on the field in full view of every soldier in the stark outpost. Her presence quickly proves dangerous as the camp’s tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when the men begin arguing about what to do next.
Told from various points of view, including those of the U.S. soldiers, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, and their families, and especially one sister. The result is the most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war.

The Storyteller of Marrakesh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393340617
Availability: Special Order - Price Subject to Change
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2012

The first in an ambitious cycle of novels set in the Islamic world, "The Storyteller of Marrakesh" is an elegant exploration of the nature of reality and our shifting perceptions of truth.

Annie & Joe's Eclectic Book Club - May - "The Fault in Our Stars"

Event date: 
Thursday, 23 May 2013 - 7:00pm
The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525478812
Availability: Not Currently on our Shelf.
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!
The Fault in Our Stars is
a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent
American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous
intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a
few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter
inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus
Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is
about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is
award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work
yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of
being alive and in love.

Annie & Joe's Eclectic Book Club - April - "Butter"

Join the Eclectic Book Club on April 25th at 7PM.  The group will be discussing Anne Panning's first published novel, ButterAnne is a member of the English department faculty at SUNY Brockport.  Free and open to the public.
Event date: 
Thursday, 25 April 2013 - 7:00pm
Butter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875806815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Northern Illinois University Press - October 15th, 2012

Anne Panning's fiction has been described as warm and original by
"Publishers Weekly," intelligent and humorous by the "Boston Globe,"
graceful and wry by "Booklist," and infectious and enchanting by the
"New York Times." In fact, Panning's last collection of short stories,
"Super America," was a "New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice.
Enter this exciting new novel, the best work yet from a writer whose
astute observations of American life are as honest as they are
engaging."Butter" is a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of
small-town Minnesota during the 1970s and told from the perspective of
an eleven-year-old girl, Iris, who learns from her parents that she is
adopted. The story of Iris's childhood is at first beguiling and
innocent: hers is a world filled with bell-bottoms and Barbie dolls,
Shrinky Dinks and Shaun Cassidy records, TV dinners and trips to
grandma's. But as her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Iris grows
more and more observant of disintegration all around her, and the simple
cadences of her story quickly attain an unnerving tension as she wavers
precariously between girlhood and adolescence. In the end, Iris's story
represents a profound meditation on growing up estranged in small town
America--on being an outsider in a world increasingly averse to them.
Passionate, lyrical, and disquieting, this intensely moving novel is a
rich exploration of a crucial theme in American literature that will
confirm Anne Panning's place as a major figure in the world of
contemporary fiction.

Annie & Joe's Eclectic Book Club - February - "Persepolis"

Annie & Joe's Eclectic Book Club will be discussing Persepolis Volume 1 at their February 7th meeting, but you are encouraged to read The Complete Persepolis. Read the book and join the discussion. Open to All!
Event date: 
Thursday, 7 February 2013 - 7:00pm
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714573
Availability: Not Currently on our Shelf.
Published: Pantheon - June 2004

The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714832
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - October 30th, 2007

Annie & Joe's Eclectic Book Club - January - "The Scarlet Letter"

Read the book and join the discussion. Open to All!
Event date: 
Thursday, 10 January 2013 - 7:00pm
The Scarlet Letter Cover Image
By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nina Baym (Introduction by), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780142437261
Availability: Hard to Find, Potentialy out of Print, Call for Pricing and availibilty
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

All Rochester Reads 2013 book discussion--" Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Lift Bridge Book Shop will be hosting a book discussion of the "All Rochester Reads 2013" book, Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.  Three book clubs that meet regularly at Lift Bridge will merge on March 13th, 2013 to form a mega-discussion.  Anyone else interested is encouraged to join in.  Free and open to the public.  Into the Beautiful North is available for purchase at Lift bridge Book Shop.
Event date: 
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 7:00pm
Into the Beautiful North: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316025263
Availability: Not Currently on our Shelf.
Published: Back Bay Books - June 16th, 2010

Annie And Joe's Eclectic Book Group - September - "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

Read the book and join the discussion. Open to All.
Event date: 
Thursday, 13 September 2012 - 6:30pm
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Mark Twain, George Saunders (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780375757372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - August 14th, 2001