Dec. 7: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
A grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call himthe bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
Fredrik Backman is a 36-year-old Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. In addition to A Man Called Ove (2012), he is the author of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (2013) and Britt-Marie Was Here (2014). They were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and have been published around the world in more than twenty-five languages.
The idea for PC Reads grew from last year's Sunday Series in which the book Belgravia was discussed. Susie Nee, team leader of PC Reads, says many of the Sunday Series attendees said they would be interested in a “drop-in” program, particularly in the summer months, when the days are hot and there are far fewer events to attend.
Books read thus far are:
- June 2017: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- July 2017: The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.
- August 2017: 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World by Polly Letofsky
- September 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- October 2017: These is My Words by Nancy Turner
- Nov. 2, Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Upcoming books are:
- Jan. 4, Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Feb 1, Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- March 1, Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- April 5, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- May 3, Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love by Myron Uhlberg
- June 7, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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