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Flying the Nest

Guest Author: Joy Norstrom

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Date: Wednesday January 26, 2022

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Venue: LOL Event Centre 121 Edmonton Trail

Backside (west) of Best Western Hotel.

RSVP Required.

Members: FREE

Non Members: $10

*Tea/Coffee/Cookies included.

Wine other beverages available to purchase.


About the Book

A millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism will rub off on him, or maybe...it won't.

It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lover who owes her spot at the affluent Eldernest to a government subsidy, and the resident who finds himself back in the closet due to the close-minded confines of communal living. Then there’s the love triangle with Martin firmly ensconced in the centre position. Or is he really?

As Chad becomes further entangled in the lives of Eldernest residents and staff, each person must decide how much to risk in their pursuit of companionship and connection. Flying the Nest is a heartfelt examination of our assumptions on aging and sexuality, the strength of family, and the enduring power of community.   

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Queen Sugar

Author: Natalie Baszile

Date: Wednesday February 9

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Venue: LOL Event Centre 121 Edmonton Trail

Backside (west) of Best Western Hotel.

RSVP Required.

Members: FREE 

Non Members: $10

Tea/Coffee/Cookies included.

Other beverages & snacks available to purchase.

About the Book

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana

Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.

They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction—from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and intimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope. 

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The Book of Longings

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Date: Wednesday February 21

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Venue: LOL Event Centre 121 Edmonton Trail

Backside (west) of Best Western Hotel.

RSVP Required.

Members: FREE *

Non Members: $10

*Tea/Coffee/Cookies included.

Other beverages & snacks available to purchase.

ABOUT THE BOOK...

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.

Flying the Nest - Joy Norstrom
Flying the Nest - Joy Norstrom

Flying the Nest Guest Author: Joy A millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism will rub off on him, or maybe...it won't. It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lov

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Queen Sugar - Natalie Baszile
Queen Sugar - Natalie Baszile

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, a moving story about tradition, tea farming, and the enduring connection between mothers and daughters. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

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Flying the Nest - Joy Norstrom
Flying the Nest - Joy Norstrom

Flying the Nest Guest Author: Joy A millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism will rub off on him, or maybe...it won't. It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lov

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LOL Reading Cafe - Book Shelf

My Secret Sister - Author Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smith

Oranges & Sunshine - Author Margaret Humphreys

The Light Between Oceans - Author M.L. Stedman

The Love Warrior - Author, Glennon Doyle Melton

The Shack - Author, Wm Paul Young

Lion: A Long Way Home - Author, Saroo Grierley

The Birth House - Author, Ami McKay

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Wall

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

Feeding My Mother - Jan Arden

The Full Catastrophe - Karen Elizabeth Lee

The Forgotten Ones - Steena Holmes

Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

Sea of Memories - Fiona Valpy

Educated - Tara Westover

The Witch Finders Sister - Beth Underdown

This Is How It Always Is - Laura Frankel

The Bookshop of Yesterday - Amy Meyerson

Becoming - Michelle Obama

Someone I Used to Know - Wendy Mitchell

A Good Wife - Samra Zafar

Where The Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

The Patient - Steena Holmes

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone - Lori Gottlieb

The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes

The Henna Artist - Alka joshi

The House by the Sea - Santa Montefiore

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Book of Lost Names - Kristin Harmel

The Jane Austen Society - Natalie Jenner

Clinical Trial - Tammy Plunkett

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Steena Holmes

Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese

The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See

The Push - Ashley Audrain

The Oceans Between Us - Gill Thompson 

A View Across the Rooftops - Suzanne Kelman

The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

Shadow & Bone - Leigh Bardugo

The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

Outlander Book 1 - Diana Gabaldon

The Skylark's Secret - Fiona Valpy

Bridgertons, The Duke & I - Julia Quinn

The Murmur of Bees, Sophia Segovia

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow - Olivia Hawker

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

Home for Unwanted Girls - Joanna Goodman

A Discoverty of Witches - Deborah Harkness

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