Laurentian Book Club

Participation is free! 

Honor by Thrity Umrigar book cover

The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other.  Joining is completely free, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.  The book club will read one book every two months so that you'll have plenty of time for each book.

To sign-up and create an online profile, please visit: https://www.pbc.guru/stlawu/ 

Current Book:

October 14 - December 9, 2022
Honor: A Novel
by Thrity Umrigar

Book Synopsis:
In this riveting and immersive novel, bestselling author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.
 
Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her own family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past. While Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita tries in every way she can to right the scales. She also finds herself increasingly drawn to Mohan, an Indian man she meets while on assignment. But the dual love stories of Honor are as different as the cultures of Meena and Smita themselves: Smita realizes she has the freedom to enter into a casual affair, knowing she can decide later how much it means to her.

In this tender and evocative novel about love, hope, familial devotion, betrayal, and sacrifice, Thrity Umrigar shows us two courageous women trying to navigate how to be true to their homelands and themselves at the same time.

    Questions?

    Please contact our book club moderator, Megan, megan@pbc.guru and she will be happy to help!

    The Books So Far...

    Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

    Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

    April 29, 2019 - June 30, 2019

    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    June 27, 2019 - August 15, 2019

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    August 29, 2019 - October 10, 2019

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

    October 17, 2019 - December 5, 2019

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

    January 6 - March 5, 2020

    A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

    A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

    March 19 - May 14, 2020

    Summer 2020 - Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

    Choose Your Own Adventure: Summer 2020 - Read and discuss one, two or all three book options simultaneously!

    May 28 - July 30, 202

    • Contemporary Fiction - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    • Historical Non-Fiction - The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
    • Personal Development - The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    August 6 - October 8, 2020

    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    October 15 - December 17, 2020

    Talking to Strangers by Malcomb Gladwell

    Talking to Strangers by Malcomb Gladwell

    January 7 - March 11, 2021

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

    March 18 - May 20, 2021
     

    The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

    The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

    May 27th - July 29th

    The Leavers - A Novel by Lisa Ko book cover

    The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko

    August 5 - October 4, 2021

    The Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kidd book cover

    The Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kid

    October 14 - December 29, 2021

    Artcurious - Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal

    Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal

    January 6 - March 10, 2022
     

    Book Cover of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

    The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

    March 18 to May 13, 2022

    Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond

    Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond

    May 27 - July 22, 2022
     

    Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead Book Cover

    Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead

    August 5 - September 30, 2022