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  • Thursday, Jan 29, 2015: The 'worms are cold
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    Join us in reading Smila's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg.
  • Thursday, Feb 26, 2015: The 'worms add and subtract
    The February book is The Mathematician's Siva by Stuart Rojstaczer.
  • Thursday, Mar 26, 2015: Who said the Bookworm?
    March is for the Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez.
  • Thursday, Apr 30, 2015: 'Worms doing the romance thing
    Saltwater Kisses by Krista Lakes is the April choice (Do you dare to read the entire series?)
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015: The 'worms go Asian
    Explore a different culture as the Bookworms read Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews
 

New Meeting Day and Time!

Beginning with the January 29th meeting, the McClellan Bookworms will be meeting on the last Thursday of each month.  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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Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg; Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
ISBN: 0385315147
Publication Date: 1995-10-01
She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories--a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime.

It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy's body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn't fall from the roof on his own. Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow. For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice. (from Amazon)

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The Mathematician's Shiva - Stuart Rojstaczer
ISBN: 0143126318
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics, and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela’s shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves—even if it means prying up the floorboards for notes or desperately scrutinizing the mutterings of her African Grey parrot—Sasha must come to terms with his mother’s outsized influence on his life. (from Amazon)

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The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henríquez
ISBN: 0385350848
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
*Starred Review* On a cold, bewildering night, the Riveras, who have just left their happy lives in Mexico, are dropped off at a dilapidated apartment building on the western edge of Delaware. Arturo has given up his thriving construction company to labor in a dark, grimy indoor mushroom farm, while his wife, Alma, lonely and afraid, with no English and little money, worries incessantly about their beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Maribel. She has suffered a traumatic brain injury, and her parents have sacrificed everything to send her to a special school. Their building turns out to be a sanctuary for Central and Latin American immigrants, and as the Riveras’ dramatic tale unfolds, Henríquez brings their generous neighbors forward to tell the compelling stories of why and how they left Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay. As one man says, “We are the unknown Americans,” those who are feared and hated. As Maribel opens up to Mayor, the infatuated boy next-door who is relentlessly bullied by his father and his classmates, terror of the unknown becomes a tragic force. Each scene, voice, misunderstanding, and alliance is beautifully realized and brimming with feeling in the acclaimed Henríquez’s (The World in Half, 2009) compassionately imagined, gently comedic, and profoundly wrenching novel of big dreams and crushing reality, courageous love and unfathomable heartbreak. --Donna Seaman (Booklist)

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Saltwater Kisses - Krista Lakes
ISBN: 1490439838
Publication Date: 2013-06-22
When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks began to fly. New York's most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father's company. When an innocent Emma didn't recognize him, he figured that he might get a chance to have a vacation from being rich. He didn't tell her about the cars, the yacht, or the penthouse. All he did was let her fall in love with him. Soon, Jack found that he was the one falling in love with Emma. When they enjoy a fantasy marriage ceremony on the beach, they thought it was a bit of harmless fun before returning to their normal lives. A bittersweet goodbye was supposed to be the end of their perfect vacation romance, but when photos of the ceremony were leaked to the press, everything changed. Feeling lied to and thrust into a world of wealth and privilege, Emma must choose between following her dreams or following her heart. Will she be content at being nothing more than the billionaire's wife, or will she return to her normal life with only memories of saltwater kisses? (from Amazon)

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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)

 

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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