Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Edition

Good reads under a summer breeze...

Matchbook Book Club presents:

June 2015

Dear Members,

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful start to this month so far!
My goodness does time fly: already we are heading into the summer season and with a touch of lovely weather we've been having here and there, I'm looking forward to warmer afternoons!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our last meeting at Cibo Wine Bar- it was a delicious brunch buffet and definitely worth a visit!

In terms of our previous pick, we enjoyed H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. There were some bones to pick, such as the preference of eliminating segments where she talks about T.H. White out of the book, and more focus on both her personal moments and her father's interesting past!
Overall, the book was well-written and definitely worth passing on to bird-loving friends!

Looking forward, I can't wait to discuss our next pick: for those who loved Still Alice, I'm excited to hear everyone's thoughts on this one!


Thank you to everyone who submitted their votes! In light of this month's theme, the kick-off read to our summer season is:
From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.
"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. "-Josh Jameson
Future Event

There are a couple of options to vote from in terms of meeting dates. Unfortunately, June 14th and June 21st are out of the equation as I will be running the Nike Womens 15K on the 14th and it will be my birthday on the 21st!

As a result, the only dates availble this month would be Sat the 13th, the 20th, and the weekend of the 27th and 28th should anyone be interested in a later date. Vote here!
Bookish love: we are loving this room. How inspiring!
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