Lots of ways to bring neighbors together.
MZ Book Club hosts Tosa’s All-City Read discussion group Monday, Feb. 27, 7:00 pm
Tosa’s All-City Read is like a giant book club for the whole city of Wauwatosa. Our goal is to have everyone in our community read the same book, and come together in February to discuss it in book clubs and special events all over town.
The book for 2017 is A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.
Ove (OOH-vah), is a curmudgeon who has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. When a chatty young couple with two lively daughters moves in next door, it leads to a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship that will shake one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundation.
Join the Mt Zion Book Club for a lively discussion and tasty treats, as we discuss Ove and his neighborhood. What can we learn about being good to neighbors, and how does one penetrate the difficult personalities that we sometimes encounter?
Throughout the month of February, various groups, businesses and clubs have come together to celebrate this book. Information about other activities can be obtained at the Tosa’s All-City Read website. There is additional information and updates, and you may be able to get the book through the Wauwatosa Public library.
About the Mt Zion book club
The book club meets on the fourth Monday of every month, except August and December. In May, members pick the ten books for the following year, starting in September. Suggestions on books to read and discuss are always welcome.
The discussion is lively and informal – it’s not like English class in school – no right or wrong answers here, and no tests! We take turns leading discussions and bringing treats, so you are welcome any time whether or not you decide to make it every month.
Books for the rest of the year include:
March 27, 2017 – The Martian, by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Host: Elizabeth Fritsch and Marleen Christiansen
April 24, 2017 – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this novel is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo, to live with her great uncle. They bring a most valuable and dangerous jewel from the museum. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up, becoming an expert at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Host Julia Bryant
May 22, 2017 – The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. Host Mary Breest and Carol Trapp
June 26, 2017 – The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah
FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. Then the Nazis invade France … in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. She meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. Host Pat Campbell
July 24, 2017 – The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page. Host Sherry Downs