Holy Family University Library Book Club Announces Fall Reads

Library sizedThe Holy Family University Book Club has announced its fall reading schedule, including works by Meg Cabot, Helen Simonson, Jalpa Williby, and David Levithan. The Book Club is open to everyone and is held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Philadelphia Campus Library from 12:50 pm - 1:50 pm.

“In its third year, the HFU Library Book Club gives students, staff, alumni, faculty, and the community the opportunity to read, listen, and talk about books,” said Kathy Kindness, Assistant Director of Library Services. “This year we welcome several student leaders, including undergraduates Jazmine Babuch and Caitlyn Connolly. In November, Caitlyn will lead the discussion of My Perfect Imperfections in which the main character has Cerebral Palsy. In December, Jazmine will lead the discussion of Every Day in which the main character wakes up every day in a different body with a different life. We're open to book suggestions and hope others will join us.”

A copy of each title is available for check out at the Philadelphia Campus library.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Author: Helen Simonson
Date: October 11, 2017
Literature Leader: Cheryl Glover

“In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?”

My Perfect Imperfections
Author: Jalpa Williby
Date: November 8, 2017
Literature Leader: Caitlyn Connolly

“I can’t talk. I can’t walk. I’m alive. But, am I living? My name is Lily Cooper, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I can’t seem to control my muscles. My body refuses to cooperate. I may be confined to my wheelchair, but my mind is sharp. And, I’m stubborn as hell. I will not allow my disability to define me. I will pave my own path in life. I choose strength. I choose to live.”

Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Date: December 6, 2017
Literature Leader: Jazmine Babuch

“Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.”