Orange County Library Book Club (Spring 2015)

By Sara Levinson

Our April 14 meeting will be one of our two annual reader’s choice meetings. This is when members share what they have been reading with each other and also where we get the list of books that we will vote on reading in the coming months. So many interesting books are mentioned that several members have found that this meeting helps them to choose some of their personal reading, aside from those books that we have chosen to read as a club.

On May 12th we will be reading Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester. According to Wikipedia, he “examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France, and the sound of the island’s destruction — per Winchester’s book — could be heard in Australia and India.” Janet Maslin’s review in the New York Times of 25 April, 2003, called it “a trove of wonderfully arcane information. The author has been able to attach so many tentacles to a single event—the spectacular and catastrophic eruption of the title volcano—that there seems to be nowhere he can’t go.” She adds that “he incorporates research that ranges far and wide, serving up both real and cocktail-party science. And all the while, in scattering these trails of bread crumbs, he keeps track of his story’s central path.” The book was a New York Times bestseller.

June’s selection will be chosen, along with those for the following 5 months, after April’s meeting. The information will be available on the Orange County Library’s webpage.

The Book Club meets at 6:30 on the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings are open to all, and everyone is welcome to join the group at any time.

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