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  • Friday, Sep 26, 2014: Making Friends with the 'Worms
    The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe
  • Friday, Oct 31, 2014: The 'worms learn primitive
    Euphoria by Lily King
  • Friday, Nov 21, 2014: The 'worms are from here
    Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • Friday, Dec 19, 2014: 'Worms go artsy again
    The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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The Girls from Corona Del Mar - Rufi Thorpe (Editor)
ISBN: 0385351968
Publication Date: 2014-07-08
Best friends since high school, Lorrie Ann and Mia couldn’t be more different. Lorrie Ann comes from a happy and close-knit religious family; Mia desperately tries to take care of her alcoholic mother and troubled younger brothers. Lorrie Ann is a typical “good girl”; Mia ends up getting an abortion at 15. But Lorrie Ann’s fortunes change after her father dies in a car accident. Shortly after their high-school graduation, she gets pregnant and marries her boyfriend; her baby is born injured due to malpractice during the birth; her husband joins the army and dies in Iraq. Eventually, she ends up in a messy and unhealthy relationship and turns to drugs to quiet her demons. Meanwhile, Mia has escaped to Yale but can’t quite forget her friend, whom she compares to a goddess. As time and distance separate the women, narrator Mia recounts every time the women tried (and mostly failed) to reconnect. This literary novel will leave readers questioning the myths and realities of complicated relationships. --Rebecca Vnuk (Booklist)

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Euphoria - Lily King
ISBN: 0802122558
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Just after a failed suicide attempt, Andrew Bankson, English anthropologist studying the Kiona tribe in the territory of New Guinea, meets a pair of fellow anthropologists fleeing from a cannibalistic tribe down river. Nell Stone is controversial and well respected. Her rough Australian husband, Fen, is envious of her fame and determined to outshine her. Bankson helps them find a new tribe to study, the artistic, female-­dominated Tam. Nell’s quiet assurance and love of the work, and Fen’s easy familiarity, pull Bankson back from the brink. But it is the growing fire between him and Nell that they cannot do anything about. Layered on top of that is Nell’s grasp of the nuances of the Tam, which makes it clear that she will once again surpass Fen. Set between the First and Second World Wars, the story is loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead. There are fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied, and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it. This is a powerful story, at once gritty, sensuous, and captivating. --Elizabeth Dickie (Booklist)

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Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler
ISBN: 1250039819
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
The hearty Midwest, which thrums and beats through tiny Little Wing, Wisconsin—an Anytown, USA, if there ever was one—assumes the whole soul of Butler’s fetching debut, if only to end up proving how unassuming it is. Chapters are voiced alternately by five longtime friends: there are Henry and Beth, married and tethered to their farm and kids; gold-hearted Ronny, babied by the others after a spell of rough living as a rodeo king; Kip, who’s restoring Little Wing’s decrepit old mill after pulling down millions in Chicago; and Lee, the newly successful musician whose haunting first album lends the novel its name. In bars and under stars, through this small group of those who’ve never left, those who regret leaving, and those who wish they had the town in their rearview mirror, Butler examines just what it means to be from a place—and if sharing that from-some-place is more a reason to stay in touch, or a reason not to. Readers can feel the winter cold on the other side of the neon sign and hear the peanut shells crunching underfoot. --Annie Bostrom (Booklist)

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The Butterfly and the Violin - Kristy Cambron
ISBN: 1401690599
Publication Date: 2014-07-08


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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