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  • Monday, Jun 1, 2015: The 'worms go Asian
    Explore a different culture as the Bookworms read Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews
  • Monday, Jul 6, 2015: The 'Worms get new Do's
    an epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, all of whom must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness
  • Monday, Aug 3, 2015: 'Worms on a Train
    Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go.
  • Friday, Aug 28, 2015: Ain't That The Truth
    Right from the start--thanks to a modern “Greek chorus” that narrates the action--we know that someone is going to end up dead. The questions are who and how.
 

New Meeting Day and Time!

Beginning with Daughters of the Dragon,  the McClellan Bookworms will be meeting on the last Monday of the month this summer.  Meetings have moved to the library and will begin at 12:00pm.  Oh, bring your lunch!  We're going to eat and talk in the library!

 

Semester Reading

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Daughters of the Dragon - William Andrews
ISBN: 0991395859
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
2014 IPPY AWARD WINNER. DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept. In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago. Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm. (from Amazon)

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The Blondes - Emily Schultz
ISBN: 1250043352
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes--whether CEOs, flight attendants, students or accountants--into rabid killers. --from Amazon

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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
ISBN: 1594633665
Publication Date: 2015-01-13
From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

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Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
ISBN: 0399167064
Publication Date: 2014-07-29
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).


Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.


Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.--from Amazon

 

McClellan Bookworms

Who are the McClellan Bookworms? 

  • Well, way back in the year 2010 a group of intrepid folks decided that we were tired of competing to tell about our latest book find.  We gathered together and drew book titles out of a pot in order to determine what to read.  Since that time we have joyously read the same book each month.  We meet, eat, laugh, and discuss our book choices.

Did it stop the problem of pushy book readers sharing their books? 

  • No, but it did add to the fun.

Who can be a bookworm?

  • Anybody can be a McClellan Bookworm.  Each month we share the web information about the book and discussion questions.  We even have dedicated bookworms who fax in their responses!  Yes, they are read to the group.

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