Denise Kiernan Event!

Remember when we read Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City?  If you enjoyed our discussion, I know you’ll be excited to hear about the upcoming discussion featuring Denise Kiernan herself! She’ll be speaking across the country throughout the year and coming to visit us here in Virginia in the next few weeks! A full range of dates and locations are available at her website, but here are the highlights for The Home Book Club members living in Virginia.

March 13th: 7:30 PM at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA

March 21st: 2:00 PM at the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA

March 22nd: 2:00 PM at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, VA

See the book club discussion Part I, Part II, and Part III.

Building a Community

Are you interested in giving back to your community? Can you use your love of language and communication to help others enrich their lives and learning? If this sounds like you, consider volunteering at your local library, leading an English as a Second Language (ESL)  group or tutoring session. If you’re in the Northern Virginia area, there’s a great opportunity right in your backyard! Every branch of the Loudoun County Public Library hosts ESL Conversation groups as well as pairs talented volunteers with interested students for one-on-one tutoring.

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The Gum Springs location is looking for volunteers to work as tutors and group leaders. Contact them via email or by phone. What a great opportunity to share your passion for reading with others! Plus, their new facility is beautiful. Help them celebrate their first “birthday” by contributing your time and talent to their wonderful program.

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Visit the Loudoun County Public Library website for more information and to find out how you can volunteer.

The Home Book Club has some exciting new projects coming up. Everything is still in development but it will be here soon, I promise! Here’s a hint: it’s related to this post and will offer a ton of opportunities for everyone to keep loving literature and learning new things!

Our next book!

Our next book is a recommendation from the local Loudoun County Virginia Public Library.

13438524Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior “transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman’s narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire.”

I went with this recommendation in part due to the important topics-big and small-included in this acclaimed novel. From the role of science in a faith-based community to the evolution of one woman’s identity through her life, Kingsolver takes on world-changing issues and life-changing experiences with the same brave gusto. These were the reasons that I picked up the novel, but the the luxurious language Kingsolver uses to portray such poignant themes was the reason I kept hanging onto it.  “In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia,” Kingsolver brings the sublime to the most mundane and everyday task.

We’ll be discussing this book on March 12th. Pick up your copy today and join us here to bring the sublime to our discussion.

Read the New York Times Sunday Book Review of Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior here.