RozReads: Contemporary Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading Group

Reading together since 1987

All discussion groups meet at Roz's home (for information rozsandack@msn.com)




Next Read: 

LaRose by Louise Erdrich
June 26, 27, 28, 2017
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award

from Publishers Weekly: 
Erdrich spins a powerful, resonant story with masterly finesse. As in The Round House, she explores the quest for justice and the thirst for retribution. Again, the setting—a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation and a nearby town adds complexity to the plot. Landreaux Iron, an Ojibwe man, accidentally shoots and kills the five-year-old son of his best friend, farmer Peter Ravich, who is not a member of the tribe. After a wrenching session with his Catholic priest, Father Travis, and a soul-searching prayer in a sweat lodge, Landreaux gives his own five-year-old son, LaRose, to grieving Peter and his wife, Nola, who is half-sister to Landreaux's own wife, Emmaline. In the years that follow, LaRose becomes a bridge between his two families. He also accesses powers that have distinguished his namesakes in previous generations, when LaRose was "a name both innocent and powerful, and had belonged to the family's healers." Erdrich introduces this mystical element seamlessly, in the same way that LaRose and other Ojibwes recognize and communicate with "the active presence of the spirit world." The magical aspects are lightened by scenes of everyday life: old ladies in an assisted-living home squabble about sex; teenage girls create their own homemade beauty spa. Erdrich raises suspense by introducing another, related act of retribution, culminating in a memorable and satisfying ending. 

2017 Reading List

Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1

Hold Still

Sally Mann

Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

The Tsar of Love and Techno

Anthony Marra

Mar. 27, 28, 29

The Green Road

Anne Enright

Apr. 24, 25, 26

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay:  read to Part III, Chpt 9

Michael Chabon

May 30, 31, June 1

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay:   read to end

Michael Chabon

June 26, 27, 28

LaRose

Louise Erdrich

July 25, 26, 27

Case Histories


Kate Atkinson

August

Summer vacation

 

Sept. 25, 26, 27

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 1

The Haunting at Hill House

Shirley Jackson

Nov. 28, 29, 30

Another Brooklyn

Jacqueline Woodson

December

Winter vacation

 




 



Cost: $10 per evening (paid to Roz)

King's English Bookshop offers 10% discount on all reading group selections