Page tUUrners meets the second Friday of the month, September to June, in the afternoon, and rotates locations. Our book selections are eclectic recommendations from our members. We like a challenging read, stories of immigration, feminism, and moral dilemmas. We attempt to choose titles available from our wonderful public library system. We welcome readers who are attracted to a specific book but are not sure if they want to commit to the ten book challenge and those who are looking for an on-going discussion group.
Our Current Line Up
Sep: Educated by Tara Westover hosted in Ocean Park
Date: Sep 13 Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm Contact: [email protected]
Note: Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers.
Oct: Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood hosted in Ocean Park
Date: Oct 11 Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm Contact: [email protected]
Note: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read.
She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
Nov: How to Give up Plastics by Will McCallum hosted in Crescent Beach
Date: Nov 15 Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm Contact: [email protected]
Note: Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight.
Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age, but how can YOU make a difference? This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park or beach. Contact Surrey Public Library
Dec: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Steward hosted in White Rock
Date: Dec 13 Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm Contact: [email protected]
Note: Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago.
One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
January 2019: Home Fires By Kamila Shamsie
February 2019: A Gentleman of Moscow By Amor Towles
March 2019: Enemy Woman By Pauline Jiles
April 2019: Washington Black By Esi Edugyan
May 2019: The Wonder by Emma Donahue
June 2019: Devotions by Mary Oliver
January 2018: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
February 2018: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
March 2018: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
April 2018: April: Sweetland by Michael Crummy
May 2018: The Boat People by Sharon Bala
June 2018: Devotions by Mary Oliver
September 2018: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
October 2018: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
November 2018: Little Bee by Chris Cleeve
December 2018: The Tears of Dark Waters by Corban Addison
September 2017: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein
October 2017: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
November 2017: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
News of the World by Paulette Jiles