Our book club meets monthly at the Havelock Public Library on the Craven Community College- Havelock Campus. It is composed of members of the general public and Craven Community College students and faculty. We are informal and welcome anyone to come as they are or share their thoughts on our blog! Reading the book is not a prerequisite for attending the discussion.
This blog was created in collaboration with the Godwin Library of Craven Community College.
The January book club read is TheHistory of Love by Nicole Krauss.
The NY Times Bestseller was a
2006 finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the 2008 William Saroyan
International Prize for Writing for fiction. Krauss’s novel is filled with
twist and turns that create a captivating story about love, loss, and survival.
Krauss’s main character, Leo Gursky, is a man who fell in
love at the age of ten with his neighbor named Alma, and he
writes a book about their love. Hiding during WWII, he places the book in his
best friend’s hands for protection. When he attempts to retrieve his manuscript, he is told the book was destroyed. Sixty years later he lives in America, a heart-broken old man who taps on
his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. What Leo does not know is that his book has
been published under another - his best friends name and it is inspiring readers to live and love.
Fourteen-year-old Alma’s mother lives and breathes by Leo’s
book, but when widowed she loses herself in depression and loneliness. Alma, in
hopes of saving her family, undertakes the quest to find her namesake in the
book – the love of Leo’s life.
Will Alma's quest save her mother and brother? Does Leo ever learn to love again? You will laugh and cry as Krauss reveals the positives and negatives of love and humanity.