February Book of the Month

Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007.

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Lunchtime Wednesday

Now reading ” The suspicions of Mr Whicher”

December 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm 1 comment

2nd Tuesday Bookclub Books for December

The books for this month are “Memoir” by John McGahern and “In the Company of the Courtesan” by Sarah Dunant.

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Thursday Lunchtime Bookclub Book for November

The book for November is “Winter in Madrid” by C. J. Sansom.

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2nd Tuesday Bookclub Books for November

The books for this month are “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan and “The Boy with the Topknot” by Sathnam Sanghera.

December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

2nd Tuesday Bookclub Books for October

The books for this month are “Alone in Berlin” by Hans Fallada and “The Gingerbread Woman” by Jennifer Johnston.

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2nd Tuesday Bookclub Books for September

 

This month’s books are “A Widow for One Year” by John Irving and “The Painted Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham.

September 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm 1 comment

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