April 2018 at Jeffreys Books
Also, the Autumn Reading Guide is available. You can pick up a copy in-store or read the link here.
Mums get your thinking caps on and give us some suggestions. Or it's time to start asking what books mum has been lusting for or to take a sneaky peak at her reading pile on the bedside table to avoid doubling up! Yes, it's that time of year again - Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday 13 May.
Linda and the Jeffreys Team
Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.
In-store on Tuesday 24 April at 7pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.
Crime Time Book Club
Talent for Murder - Andrew Wilson
'I wouldn't scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.' Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.
Caffe La Via on Thursday 26 April at 6.30pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.
Connection Book Club
Miss Burma - Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country's history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin's eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma's first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family's past.
Tuesday 24 April at 10.30am. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.
Dear Uncle Jeffrey,
As of late I have developed an increasing interest in the history and mythology of ancient Greece. Though I am intent on acquainting myself with some of t
he classical literature of this period, every time I attempt to undertake a Homeric ep
ic or a tragedy by Sophocles, I find the language much too daunting and dry to bear. Uncle Jeffrey, are there any alternatives to help me digest these much-loved myths?
Yours in desperation,
Not to worry! Luckily, there are countless contemporary takes on the Greek myths that can help you kindle a love for the classics without consulting the footnotes every ten words! Madeline Miller’s celebrated novel The Song of Achilles, a retelling of Homer’s The Iliad, explores the relationship between
his companion Patroclus. While David Malouf’s
Ransom, which also reworks The Iliad for contemporary audiences, is a thrilling read, capturing themes of war, chance and fate that are so crucial to Homer’s original text. Alternatively, if it is the familial dramas that draw you to the classics, Colm Toibin’s compelling novel House of Names borrows from the Oresteia narrative to develop the perspectives of female characters Clytemnestra and Electra. Finally, Daniel Mendelsohn’s November 2017 nonfiction publication An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic, comes into paperback in May, a book recounting his own seminar at Bard College on Homer’s The Odyssey, which sparked a new relationship between him and his father. Mendelsohn paints a vivid picture of Homer’s epics by
interweaving them with crises in his own life.
Before you know it, you’ll be an expert in all things ancient!
Editor's Note: And there's a little treat that Uncle Jeffrey didn't know about at the time of writing: Madeline Miller's Circe has just arrived.
Book Launch: I Am Sasha by Anita Selzer
It is German-occupied Poland in 1942 and Jewish lives are at risk. Nazi soldiers order young boys to pull down their trousers to see if they are circumcised. Many are summarily shot or sent to the camps.
A remarkable mother takes an ingenious step. To avoid suspicion, she trains her teenage son to be a girl.
Sunday 22 April at 2pm
Jewish Holocaust Centre. Call 9528 9185 to book and for details.
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Monday 30 April at 6.45pm
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