Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014: Bookworms are the Best
Looking back at The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe.
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014: 'Worms are offroad!
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014: Hunt and Peck with the 'Worms
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Friday, Aug 29, 2014: It's August; it's hot
No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey
Join the McClellan Bookworms this summer. Summer meetings will be held at:
McClellan Golf Course Restaurant
2247 Baltzell Gate Road
Anniston, AL 36205
The Best of Everything
Publication Date: 2005-05-31
Caroline Bender, just graduated from Radcliffe and still suffering from being jilted by her fiance, takes a job as a typist at a publishing company in New York. Two other girls start there the same week--Gregg a young out-of-work actress and April, fresh from Colorado--naive and beautiful. This is the story of three years in their lives with side excursions into the careers of other and more typical working girls. Caroline by talent and shrewdness rises to an editorial position, has a brief office romance with a married man, dates a worthy young lawyer who wishes to marry her and then throws everything aside when her first love returns. Gregg, her roommate, also falls in love with an older man, but her affair leads to a nervous breakdown and death. April becomes a sophisticate in appearance but remains an innocent at heart who is naive enough to believe her socialite beau will marry her. The shock of his cynical refusal leads to a fling of promiscuity until she is rescued by a nice young man from her home town. But things aren't that simple for Caroline--her returned love doesn't have marriage in mind and she runs off to Las Vegas with a business acquaintance, a Hollywood star with an international reputation as a rake. (Kirkus Reviews)
Publication Date: 2012-05-29
“Ah, family. Isn’t it satisfying to leave your own briefly behind to drop in on another—and see how thoroughly they bungle it all up? This is the pleasure of Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan’s second novel, which delves into the secrets and simmering emotions of one dysfunctional family over the course of a single summer month. . . . The dialogue sizzles as the tension between the women’s love and anger toward one another tightens. . . . You don't want the novel to end.” —Lily King, The New York Times Book Review
The Other Typist
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Rose, a police precinct typist in Prohibition New York, has seen many things. As the recorder of confessions and transgressions of all sorts, she considers herself to be an astute judge of character. So when Odalie Lazare, a new typist, arrives in the office, Rose is intrigued by her beauty, charm, and seeming wealth. Rose becomes infatuated with Odalie, who is not what she appears to be, as Odalie pulls Rose into a world filled with speakeasies, bootleggers, and elite estate parties. With hints toward The Great Gatsby, Rindell’s novel aspires to re-create Prohibition-era New York City, both its opulence and its squalid underbelly. She captures it quite well, while at the same time spinning a delicate and suspenseful narrative about false friendship, obsession, and life for single women in New York during Prohibition. --Heather Paulson, Booklist
No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Lucy’s husband loses his job and moves the family from posh London to a very nice life in New York (no private school for the two boys but a good public one). She is untethered and unhappy until the death of her alcoholic mother, when everything snaps into place, and she loves her husband again. Lucy then connects with three other women, including Julia, a scriptwriter and apparent ice queen, who chooses a month away at therapy over her husband and children, and Christy, married to a very old, very rich man and who, when her nanny quits, finds purpose and fun in raising her two daughters herself. Smart writing keeps each woman’s path to happiness from being too sappy, and the humor is dry and subtle. The main plots play against each other like a series of connected short stories, with one more about regular-mom Robyn, who decides to fall for a rich man who can make her life easier. Casey, a scriptwriter, doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, but her novel makes for a quick and amusing read. --Susan Maguire, Booklist
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.