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    Book Club in a Bag

    Celebrating Readers at Calgary Public Library

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    We are going to post pictures of CPL staff and patrons discussing one of their favorite books. This is exciting for us, because we, both staff and users of CPL, love books and we love to talk about and share books.

    So we hope that you will enjoy these fun new blogs and perhaps get a few ideas on what to read next!

    Brent – The Hours by Michael Cunningham

    How did you find your book? I saw the movie when I was 14, and being so naive, I didn’t grasp any of the concepts or underlying themes. Twelve years later, I came across the book in the library stacks and devoured it overnight. I’ve again watched the movie since, and it made much more sense!

    How many stars does it get out of 5? A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    What did you like about it? I like that the story takes place across three different generations of characters, all of which undergo situations that, one way or another, relate to the classic novel – Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolfe. Although some readers thought the book slightly depressing, I found it inspiring. It offers subtle and veiled advice on how to live one’s life.

    Which book does it remind you of? It reminds me of being forced to read Mrs. Dalloway in High School English, and detesting every moment. But, this book effortlessly brings new light to the classic and a new found appreciation.

    Who would like this book? Anyone who has read Virginia Wolfe, or has an interest in Historical Fiction. If you’ve seen the movie, try the book, or vice-versa!


    Roberta – Cake Balls: more than 60 Delectable and Whimsical Sweet Spheres of Goodness

    How did you find your book? It was recommended to me by a friend who is a master baker.

    How many stars does it get out of 5? 4 out of 5

    What did you like about it? I like the fact that there are so many detailed illustrations on how to make these little gems properly, along with tips on ingredients, presentation, and tempting additions. Everything in one stop. Didn’t have to look at a dozen blogs.

    Which book does it remind you of? Well, given that I own over 60 cookbooks, I’d say it reminds me of my other happy baking books.

    Who would like this book? Anyone who likes to bake, entertain, and experiment. As my mother always used to say, “They look lovely on the plate”. The small-size servings are great for guests not wanting to overindulge, and are better than Starbuck’s cake pops, in my opinion. They were a huge hit at my last Oscar party.


    Barb - The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

    How did you find your book? One of my friends recommended Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, which I enjoyed. I was looking for other books by him and found this book.

    How many stars does it get out of 5? 4.5

    What did you like about it? I loved that Fforde took the nursery rhymes and stories we’re all familiar with from childhood and flipped them into hard-boiled detective fiction.

    Which book does it remind you of? It is Mother Goose meets The Big Sleep.

    Who would like this book? People who enjoy film noir, good storytelling and have a sense of humour.

    Please stay tuned for more upcoming Celebrating Readers posts!


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