Library Book Club

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 13:00

Dear Readers,

We have begun our next season of the Library Book Club. Our title is: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. The books have arrived and can be checked out at the Library circulation desk. The discussion will be Sunday, October 8th at 1pm. 

I have not yet begun reading this book, but I was advised by a reader who liked the book to not read reviews ahead, but just charge right in without knowing where it will take one. I am looking forward to the experience! Here is the description from the publisher:

"From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. 

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister." 

Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she's managed to block a lot of memories. She's smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, "Rosemary" truly is for remembrance."

 See you in October, Debbie