OUR NEXT READ FOR BOC CHI UNI BOOK GROUP IN NOVEMBER is, Noggin by John Cory Whaley.

OUR NEXT READ FOR BOC  IN NOVEMBER, chosen from our wish list  (DATE AND ROOM TO BE CONFIRMED) IS:

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

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2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

John Corey Whaley-Who is this guy?

JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories.  He has a BA in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an MA in Secondary English Education.

He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…).

He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles.

He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player.  He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places.

He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close.  One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart.

His favorite word is defenestration.  

His favorite color is green.

His favorite smell is books.

He currently lives in Southern California.

Here’s what people are saying about NOGGIN:

*“Travis Coates has lost his head—literally…. [A] wonderfully original, character-driven second novel. Whaley has written a tour de force of imagination and empathy, creating a boy for whom past, present, and future come together in an implied invitation to readers to wonder about the very nature of being. A sui generis novel of ideas, Noggin demands much of its readers, but it offers them equally rich rewards.”
-Booklist, November 2013, *STARRED REVIEW

*”Like baseball great Ted Williams, Travis Coates has his head surgically removed and cryogenically frozen after he dies (of leukemia at age 16). Unlike Williams, Travis is a fictional character, and five years after his death, technological advances allow doctors to attach his head to a donor body that’s taller and more muscular than the original. Whaley’s second novel (following his Printz-winning Where Things Come Back) is far more concerned with matters of the heart than with how head reattachment surgery would work. Travis awakens to restart where he left off—sophomore year—but everyone he knew has moved on. Best friend Kyle is struggling through college; former girlfriend Cate is engaged to someone else. As only the second cryogenics patient successfully revived, Travis is in uncharted territory; he’s “over” high school, but not ready to be anywhere else. Travis’s comic determination to turn back the hands of time and win Cate’s love is poignant and heartbreaking. His status in limbo will resonate with teens who feel the same frustration at being treated like kids and told to act like adults.”

Publishers Weekly, January 2014, *STARRED REVIEW

“The madcap story of a boy who loses his head and finds it again. . . . Readers will recognize the Printz winner’s trademark lovable characterizations. . . . They’ll also recognize the poignantly rendered reflections on life, love, death and everything in between. . . . Whaley’s signature cadence and mad storytelling skillz are worth every page. A satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity.”

Kirkus Reviews, February 2014

“Whaley’s sweet and raunchy first-person narrative provides a thought-provoking look at the notions of self-awareness, the nature of identity, and the angst of a very special teen. The lively, conversational style will engage teen readers in search of an unusual, but relatable, character. At times hilarious and heart-wrenching, Noggin, with its eye-catching cover art, belongs in all library collections serving young adults.”

VOYA, February 2014

 

 

 

This must be the place by Maggie O’Farrell

The BRC book group choice for June has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and is on the Richard and Judy Summer 2017 list.

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet?

Her husband Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw twenty years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?

BRC group meets on Wednesday 14th June in St Michael’s F3.  Remember to book your place by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk or if you cannot attend the meeting please leave a comment here.

BOC staff book group will be reading: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris on Thursday 15th June.

BOC staff book group will be meeting on Thursday 15th June at 12-1pm ( room to be confirmed).

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We will be reading a collection of short stories by Joanne Harris: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String.

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Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you’ll find another story.

Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris’s exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, these are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality.

Come to the house where it is Christmas all year round; meet the ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; be spooked by a new-born baby created with sugar, spice and lashings of cake. Worry for a young girl in the Congo who rides the rapids to earn a crust of bread; and spy on Norse gods battling each other for survival in modern Manhattan. In her first short-story collection since Jigs & Reels, let Joanne Harris ensnare and delight you with the variety and inventiveness of her storytelling.

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories.

Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.

In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. Joanne also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire. (I’d love a shed!)

We’re really looking forward to reading this collection.

Watch this space for our comments.

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Our next read for the BRC and BOC staff book group is . . . I am Malala

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Our next book was chosen by BRC book group and the BOC book group on International Women’s Day.  We will be reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christine Lamb.

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The BRC book group will be meeting on Wednesday 26th April from 12-1pm in St. Michaels F3. And the BOC book group will meet on Thursday 27th April from 12-1pm (room to be confirmed).

If you can’t attend the meeting please let us know what you think of the book here.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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The BRC book group will be discussing Cecelia Ahern’s young adult dystopian novel, Flawed.  Ahern is best known for the very successful book and film, P.S. I love you, but this is her first book for young adults.

Flawed is set in a society where perfection is valued above humanity. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system, but following an act of kindness towards one of the “Flawed” is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival. We will be meeting on Wednesday 8th March from 12-1pm in St Michael’s F3.  Looking forward to hearing what you all think, but if you can’t make the meeting then please let us know what you think of the book.

BOC book group: Next meeting Thursday 9th March 12-1pm

BOC book group will meet on Thursday 9th March 12-1pm to discuss: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte.

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Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

 

There are many copies in the library if you’d like to borrow a book: shelf-mark 823.8 BRO.

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There is also a DVD adaptation (1992) 823.8 BRO starring Ralph Fiennes: An adaptation of the classic tale of doomed love set in the wilds of Yorkshire!

Wuthering Heights Trailer 2012:

 

 

Book Group Author Talk

We were very privileged to have Graham Minett, local author and former MA Creative Writing student from the University of Chichester speak at our book group on 25th January.  Graham gave us a fascinating insight into his journey from part-time pleasure writer to published author.  He brought his characters to life as he spoke about how he created them and he read an extract from The Hidden Legacy.  I love to hear books read aloud! Most of the group were true fans and had read both of his books.  We are eagerly awaiting the next one to be published later this year.

If you have read his books then please remember to leave a review on Amazon now that you know what a difference it makes!

Hidden Legacy and Lie in Wait

Graham was pleasant, interesting and entertaining and we were all very sorry when our book group hour was finished!

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, we recorded the session.  Please follow the link below to view the recording.

Graham Minett at ChiUniBookGroup 25/01/17