September Book Review: Driving Over Lemons

The book club choice for September was Driving Over Lemons, and you can read our online review here!

The next book club meeting is  Thursday 12th October, 12:30-13:30 in the Library Meeting Room and the book is Losing It, by Helen Lederer.

Don’t forget, if you can join us for the meeting in person, you can leave a review on the blog site, or drop us an e-mail to: rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

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September Book Club choice: Driving over lemons: an optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart

The next Book Club meeting is Thursday 14th September, 12:30-13:30 in the Library Meeting Room.

The book for September’s Book Club meeting is: Driving over lemons, by Chris Stewart.

Here is a description from Good Reads:

“No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check. Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife, that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain. That was the easy part.

Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials—running water, electricity, an access road. And then there’s the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave. A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart also possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish. Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way—among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists—Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.”


Until the group is more established, we’re asking you to source your own copy of the books for now. Once we have established membership we’ll sign up to borrow book sets from the public library.

Here is where you can search to find a copy of the book to borrow:

Don’t forget, if you can’t come in person to the meeting, you are welcome to send us your comments online via this blog site, or by e-mail to: rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

Happy reading!

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August Book Review: According to Yes by Dawn French

Thank you to everyone who came to Book Club today.

You can read our review here.

Next month’s book is Driving over lemons: an optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart.

Next meeting:
Thurs 14th September, 12:30-13:30 in the Library Meeting Room.

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Save the dates!

Here are the dates and book choices for the next few months for the Exeter Health Library Book Club – we hope you can join us in person, or contribute online!:

Thursday 14th September – 12:30-13:30 – Library Meeting Room
Book Choice: Driving over lemons: an optimist in Andalucia, by Chris Stewart

Thursday 12th October – 12:30-13:30 – Library Meeting Room
Book Choice: Losing it, by Helen Lederer

Thursday 9th November – 12:30-13:30 – Library Meeting Room
Book Choice: The Camomile Lawn, by Mary Welsey

Thursday 7th December – 12:30-13:30 – Library Meeting Room
Book Choice: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald

We’ve selected these titles from our Macmillan Mood Boosting titles in our Health & Wellbeing book collection.

Once the book group is fully established we’ll register as a reading group with the public library and borrow book sets from them, but for now, we’re hoping that you’ll be happy to source a copy of the book yourselves, here are some places you might like to look:

We look forward to hearing what you think about the books!

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August Book Club choice: According to Yes by Dawn French

The book for August’s Book Club meeting is: According to Yes, by Dawn French.

Here is a description from Good Reads:

The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy – otherwise known as Manhattan’s Upper East Side – has its own rigid code of behaviour. It’s a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.

Emotional displays – unacceptable.
Unruly behaviour – definitely not welcome.
Fun – no thanks.

This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham’s kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.

So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn’t read the rule book.

For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?


Until the group is more established, we’re asking you to source your own copy of the books for now. Once we have established membership we’ll sign up to borrow book sets from the public library.

Here is where you can search to find a copy of the book to borrow:

The next Book Club meeting is Thursday 10th August, 12:30-13:30 in the Library Meeting Room.

Don’t forget, if you can’t come in person to the meeting, you are welcome to send us your comments online via this blog site, or by e-mail to: rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

Happy reading!

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June Book Club – Book #3 – Fragile Things

Exeter Health Library Book Club
Weds 5th July
12:30-13:30
Library Meeting Room, Exeter Health Library

As it’s our first book club, we’re offering a variety of titles to choose from, to get the conversation started!

Last but not least is Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman:

This is a stunning collection of short stories by acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. His distinctive genius has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With The Sandman Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent, and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now after the recent success of his latest novel Anansi Boys, Gaiman has produced Fragile Things, his second collection of short fiction. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world’s most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers

(Summary from Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16788.Fragile_Things?from_search=true)

We ask that you source your own copy of this book, please:
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

Please come and join us for our first book club meeting on Weds 5th July.

If you aren’t able to join us in person, but would like to take part, please submit a book review in the comments section below, or pop it into an e-mail to us at: rde-tr.library@nhs.net and we’ll share it with the group!

We look forward to hearing what you think!

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June Book Club – Book #2 – This book will save your life

Exeter Health Library Book Club
Weds 5th July
12:30-13:30
Library Meeting Room, Exeter Health Library

As it’s our first book club, we’re offering a variety of titles to choose from, to get the conversation started!

Next up is This book will save your life by A. M. Homes:

Richard Novak is a modern-day Everyman, a middle-aged divorcé trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one- except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn’t even notice until two incidents-an attack of intense pain that lands him in the emergency room, and the discovery of an expanding sinkhole outside his house-conspire to hurl him back into the world. On his way home from the hospital, Richard forms the first of many new relationships: He meets Anhil, the doughnut shop owner, an immigrant who dreams big. He finds a weeping housewife in the produce section of the supermarket, helps save a horse that has fallen into the sinkhole, daringly rescues a woman from the trunk of her kidnapper’s car, and, after the sinkhole claims his house and he has to relocate to a Malibu rental, he befriends a reluctant counterculture icon. In the end, Richard is also brought back in closer touch with his family-his aging parents, his brilliant brother, the beloved ex-wife whom he still desires, and finally, before the story’s breathtaking finale, with his estranged son Ben.

(Summary from Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29415.This_Book_Will_Save_Your_Life?from_search=true)

We ask that you source your own copy of this book, please:
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

Please come and join us for our first book club meeting on Weds 5th July.

If you aren’t able to join us in person, but would like to take part, please submit a book review in the comments section below, or pop it into an e-mail to us at: rde-tr.library@nhs.net and we’ll share it with the group!

We look forward to hearing what you think!

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June Book Club – Book #1 – Eat, Pray, Love

Exeter Health Library Book Club
Weds 5th July
12:30-13:30
Library Meeting Room, Exeter Health Library

As it’s our first book club, we’re offering a variety of titles to choose from, to get the conversation started!

First up is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

(Summary from Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19501.Eat_Pray_Love)

We ask that you source your own copy of this book, please:
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

Please come and join us for our first book club meeting on Weds 5th July.

If you aren’t able to join us in person, but would like to take part, please submit a book review in the comments section below, or pop it into an e-mail to us at: rde-tr.library@nhs.net and we’ll share it with the group!

We look forward to hearing what you think!

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1st Book Club meeting – Weds 5th July

We’ve set a date for the first meeting of the Exeter Health Library Book Club!

Wednesday 5th July
12:30pm-13:30pm
Exeter Health Library Meeting Room (PMS/RILD Building)

This will be as part of our Health Information Week. Any RD&E staff are welcome to attend.

As it’s our first meeting, we’re giving you a choice of books to read – pick ONE of the following titles

Eat, pray, love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

 

This book will save your life – by A. M. Homes
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

 

Fragile things – by Neil Gaiman
Search for on Exeter Health Library library catalogue
Search for on Devon Libraries library catalogue
Search for on Amazon

 

We’re asking you to find your own copies of these books for this initial meeting, but once the Book Club is up and running we’re hoping to be able to borrow sets of books via the public library.

We’ll be providing more information about each of these books shortly, so watch this space!

For those who can’t make it to the meeting, we’re investigating ways that you can submit your thoughts/comments/book reviews online, so again, please watch this space.

If you’d like to find out more about the Book Club, or make suggestions for titles, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing from you soon!

The Library Team

 

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Welcome to the Exeter Health Library Book Club!

We are shortly going to be launching a Book Club, to encourage reading for health & wellbeing for RD&E staff.

There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life – according to research carried out for the Reading Agency.

The plan is to pick one book a month to read, and we’ll have a monthly get together (with tea & coffee provided!) to chat about the book. For staff who work in the community, or who can’t make it to the monthly meeting we’ll be inviting you to submit online feedback and reviews about the books too, and we’ll summarise the feedback for each book here on our website.

Watch this space for more information!

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