Looking to beat boredom while stuck inside? While we all practice quarantining and social distancing in response to the coronavirus, the JourneyCare Book Club is recommending a handful of great reads! The club is made up of staff, volunteers and community members who simply enjoy a good book. The group meets several times a year at the JourneyCare Glenview campus for discussion, food and fellowship. All are welcome to join and can contact Veterans Services Manager Linda Rockwell at Lrockwell@journeycare.org to learn more about their next discussion – which will happen when it is safe for everyone’s health to meet again. Right now, the group is reading “The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett – so you still have plenty of time to catch up before the next chat!
“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
“March,” by Geraldine Brooks
From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic “Little Women,” Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs.
Bonus: A new imagining of “Little Women” was released last December in theaters and is now available for rent and purchase on several streaming services.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
Set in the 1950s, this story revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world.
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
This book traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. It explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Bonus: This was just released this month as an original series for Hulu, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. So you can binge-watch, too!
“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
“Educated” is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.