October 26th
Book Description

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.

Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.

David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes--the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain--create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.



From Booklist

Birthdays are special for Dizzy because they are the only day each year that she hears from her hippy, carefree mother, who abandoned Dizzy and her father when Dizzy was four. On her twelfth birthday, though, her mother, "Storm," unexpectedly shows up in person, wanting to take Dizzy to a solstice festival. Though her mother's bohemian lifestyle is fun, Dizzy increasingly realizes that Storm isn't the person she wants her to be. The diarylike, first-person, present-tense narrative details Dizzy's experiences, complex feelings, and growth as she learns to appreciate the importance of adult care and trust. With strong supporting characters--among them, 14-year-old Finn, who becomes a friend and more, and troubled seven-year-old Mouse, whom Dizzy comes to care for as a brother--this engaging first novel, set in England and Scotland, will attract kids with its likeable, sympathetic protagonist, whose life illustrates the challenges and rewards of adolescence, family, and love. Shelle Rosenfeld


Past Book Club Selections:

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
On Beauty
The Whistling Season
The Book Thief
Loving Frank
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society*

The Help*
A Christmas Blizzard
Kitchen Confidential
Under the Banner of Heaven
In The Fall
Snowflower and the Secret Fan* 
Prodigal Summer*                 
Me Talk Pretty One Day      
Blue Shoe                              
River of Doubt                      
A Long Fatal Love Chase
I Feel Bad about My Neck
Eat, Pray, Love                    
Three Cups of Tea  
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
The Curious incident of the dog in the Night Time
Art of Racing in the Rain* 
My Life in France
My Stroke of Insight             
The Poisonwood Bible         


Chuck Barris
Zadie Smith
Ivan Doig
Dave Eggers
Markus Zusak
Nancy Horan
Katherine Howe
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Kathryn Stockett
Garrison Keillor
Anthony Bourdain
Jon Krakauer
Jeffery Lent
Lisa See
Barbara Kingsolver
David Sedaris
Anne Lamott
Candice Millard
Louisa May Alcott
James Michener
Nora Ephron
Elizabeth Gilbert
Greg Mortenson 
Bich Minh Nguyen
Mark Haddon
Garth Stein
Julia Child
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
Barbara Kingsolver
Jose Saramago
People of the Book*          
A Thousand Splendid Suns*    
The Jane Austin Book Club    
Pay it Forward                       
A New Earth                          
The Sunday Philosophy Club   
The Thirteenth Tale*                
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle     
Glass Castle*                           
History of Love                        
Kabul Beauty School               
Into the Wild                           
Water for Elephants*             
Skipping Christmas                   
One Thousand White Women   
Tall Grass*                               
The White                                 
All Together in One Place          
Good in Bed*                          
Patriot Hearts                           
The Sparrow                         
Pillars of the Earth                 
Devil in the White City*             
Kite Runner*                            
Metro Girl                                
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Widow of the South*                
Secret Life of Bees*                
Five People You Meet in Heaven   
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay      
The Mermaid Chair   
Geraldine Brooks
Khaled Hosseini
Karen Joy Fowler
Isabel Allende
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Eckhart Tolle
Alexander McCall Smith
Diane Setterfield
Barbara Kingsolver
Jeanette Walls
Nicole Krauss
Deborah Rodriguez
Jon Krakauer
Sara Gruen
John Grisham
Jim Fergus
Sandra Dallas
Deborah Larsen
Jane Kirkpatrick
Erik Larson
Jennifer Weiner
Barbara Hambly
Mary Doria Russell
Ken Follett
Erik Larson
Khaled Hosseini
Janet Evanovich
Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L.  Lechter
Robert Hicks
Sue Monk Kidd
Mitch Albom
Michael Chabon
Sue Monk Kidd
*my favorites