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    Updated JANUARY 13,2011

    A Novel Approach Bookclub – Bridgetown and area, Annapolis County, NS) formed in 2005. Ten members. Host chooses the book to be read and discussed for that month. A different host each month. As a rule, we do not meet in July, August or December though 2009 was an exception.

    We were rating books, but some have opted not to do so. However I try to give you an idea of the popularity of the chosen book by members.

    We shall be starting of 2011 shortly;

    To be Read through 2011:

    A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews; Heave by Christy Ann Conlin; Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay; The Help by Kathryn Stockett,with other books yet to be selected.


    The Piano Teacher Janice Y. K. Lee. Wonderful book, loved by everyone. Excellent discussion novel. Set in Hong Kong.

    Hit & Mrs by Leslie Crewell. A fast paced book that appeals to many. A very modern writer, witty with almost a zany approach to things; however many life lessons built into the storyline.

    The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Excellent novel and I heard the follow-up novel is as good, if not better.

    What I Was by Meg Rosoff. Really a book for young adult readers. Took all the book club members’ interest. Set in England at a English boarding school. A very talented writer.

    Deafening by Frances Itani. Set in Ontario at the commencement of WW1; deals with the Deaf schools at the time, moving to the Front during World War 1. A love story as well. Many of the members found the storyline too slow in places.

    These Four Walls by Susan Cameron. Set in Halifax, Protestant Orphanage and the trials and tribulations of growing up in an orphanage, and life afterwards. Set in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Was enjoyed and specifically to those who grew up in the city at that time.

    The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre. Scored high – a 9.0 or thereabouts. Lots to discuss…very timely topic for sure.

    Water by Bapsi Sidwa. Scored really high – a 9.5; read the movie and then get the movie…the movie is superb as well, but sometimes the dialogue is a little difficult to understand; having read the book, you will totally understand the movie.

    Guersney Literary and Potatoe Peel Society by Mary Doria Russell. Rated a high 9.

    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Rated about an 8.

    The Double Bind by Chris Boyjhalin. Rated about an 8, mainly for the twist at the end. Don’t read the ending first, ruins the book.

    The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. Rated very highly; 9

    Embers by Sandor Marai. Rated an 8.5 and much discussion.

    Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes – score 7

    The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong – score 8

    what they wanted by Donna Morrissey – score 8

    A Short History of Tractors in the Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka – score 7.5

    A Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – score 8.2

    Hornet Flight by Ken Follett – score 8.5

    Unless by Carol Shields – score 7.5

    An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – score 8

    The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery – score 7

    The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart – score 8.5

    An Hour Before Daybreak – Jimmy Carter’s Memoir growing up – score 8

    The Glass House by Jeannette Walls – score 8

    The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick – score 8

    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – score 7.5

    The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman – score 8

    Lambs of God by Marlee Day – score 9

    The Color of Water by James McBride – score 7.5

    No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – score 8

    Rockbound by Frank Parker Day – score 9

    The Cure for Death By Lightning by Gail Anderson Dargatz (no rating)

    Five Quarters of the Orange by Joan Harris – score 8

    Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLellan – score 7.5

    Easter Island</strong) by Jennifer Vanderbes – score 7.5

    <srong>The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – score 9

    Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil – score 7.5

    Multitude of poetry selections – big hit!

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon – score 8.5

    The Farm by Andie Rierden – score 8

    Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – score 8

    The Garrick Years by Margaret Drabble – score 4 (try The Seven Sisters, excellent)

    A Natural Curiosity</strong) by P. D. James – score 4 (try Death in Holy Orders, better choice)

    The Way The Crow Flies by Ann Marie MacDonald – score 7.5

    A Recipe for BeesGail Anderson Dargatz – score 8

    Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing – score 6.5

    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – score 8

    The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe – score 8

    The Girls by Lori Lansens – score 7.5

    Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb – score 7.4

    The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama – score 9

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – score 9

    Cry, My Beloved Country by Allan Patton – score 9.5

    The Confessions of Max Tivioli by Andrew Sean Greet – score 6.5

    Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels – score 7.2

    The Birth House by Ami McKay – score 7.5

    Just One Look by Harlan Corban – score 7.5

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – score 7.5

    All Passion Spent by Vita-Sackville West – score 8

    The Space In between by Thrity Umrigar – score 8

    The Mountain and The Valley by Ernest Buckler – score 7.5

    The Fig Eater by Jody Shields – score 7

    You Remind Me Of Me by Dan Chaon – score 7.5

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