The AAA Book Club picks have been made for the rest of the summer and early fall. Get excited and get reading!
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Written by British author Rudyard Kipling, The Just So Stories for Little Children were first published in 1902. These highly fantasized origin stories are among Kipling’s most famous works. We will probably discuss this book the week of August 6. For those with Smartphones, you may be able to download a digital copy for free that you can read from your phone. Or find an audiobook or e-book version! The stories are fairly short and easy to read.
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Chosen in honor of the preludes/postludes for the Sea Cloud II back-to-back cruises, The Cellist of Sarajevo will be our fall pick, to discuss near the end of September.
Inspired by a true story, The Cellist of Sarajevo explores how war can change one’s definition of humanity and the impact of music on our emotional endurance. In a city under siege, four individuals whose lives have been turned upside down are reminded of what it means to be human. Through his window, a musician sees 22 of his neighbors and friends standing in a bread line. When they’re suddenly killed by a mortar attack, the musician decides to play his cello at the site of the tragedy for 22 days to honor their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to find drinking water for his family and must measure the value of generosity against survival. A third man, who is older, sets off in search of bread; instead, he meets an old friend who reminds him of the city he thought he’d lost, and the person he used to be. A fourth character — a female sniper — holds the cellist’s fate in her hands.
Happy summer reading!