July book group reads Erdrich

The Third Thursday Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner. Each month there is a new book to read and discuss. The book for the July discussion is “The Master Butchers Singing Club,”by Louise Erdrich. Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When the Old World meets the New— in the person of Delphine Watzka—the great adventure of Fidelis's life begins. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of the novel. For those who need to plan a little further in advance, the book for August will be “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry. The movie based on this book comes out Aug. 15. If it plays here in The Dalles on that date, several of us from the book group will be attending. It will be interesting comparing the book to the movie, as well as discussing the book. Copies of these books (as well as audio recordings) are widely available in the Sage Library System. All readers are welcome (a library card is not required), even if you haven’t finished the book.

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