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All The Light We Cannot See

July 2015 book selection

All The Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

Are You Ready?

July 9, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See, by  Anthony Doerr, is our selection for our July Face to Face meeting.  Although we have read several books with similar plots, or that take place in the same time period, this one has evoked a common response of "Oh, what a terrific story, and you HAVE to read this book." 


Not only has Doerr come up with two characters with amazing depth, and stories of their own, but the whole book is made up of characters, both sympathetic and un, who hold onto the reader's heart.


As we draw close to the end of this magnificent book, we are in St-Malo with Werner and Marie Laure, hoping that things will turn out well for them and for our world. 

We'll meet on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:00pm. It is sure to be a wonderful conversation.


June 24, 2015 | Vicki Lorini

Happy First Week of Summer! This is the time of year when you may be looking for a Beach Read. Something not too long, not disturbing and certainly waterproof! Leave your tablets at home and pick up an old-fashioned book, made of paper or cloth, with words printed on pages that need turning. Think of it as exercise. 

I have a couple of suggestions (in addition to our pick of the month, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr). I just finished a book called Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave. It's a fairly light romance/Chick Lit book that takes place in the Sonoma end of Wine Country. There is a bit of winemaking information, and a bit of local history, combined with an intriguing family saga. 

The other book I would suggest is by a new, and very popular, author named JoJo Moyes. It's called The Girl You Left Behind, and it is yet another in my current series of "art looted by the Nazis" novels. This one is extremely well done. It's a great mystery with history and wonderfully written characters. Both these books would go well with some sand and a Mai Tai!

As for our current selection, have you finished it? What has it said to you? Does the "good vs. evil" theme ring true, or are there some gray areas? I know the conversation about this book will be interesting. I wish I could be there, but I know you and Jenny will have plenty to talk about while I'm away.  I also know this will
be a very crowded room. We are working on ways to let more of you participate,  so stay tuned. 

For now, enjoy our Summertime, enjoy your books and thanks for eading.

More of The Light

June 17, 2015 | Vicki Lorini

"What do we call visible light?  We call it color, but really, mathematically, all light is invisible." 

This is the voice of a mysterious Frenchman, heard on a wireless by Werner, a German boy, and a main character in our July selection All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

These words, the wireless they come from and the passion for science this boy has, all contribute to the choices Werner will make later, when he is sent to France to hunt down and destroy the source of radio transmissions made to help the French Resistance. 

It is through Werner's eyes that we come to see a completely  unsentimental voyage of two protagonists in what is one of best novels of this century. 

This book has so many themes and details weaving their way throughout the story that it has to be read very carefully and slowly. Of course, this is difficult, as with every page the reader is drawn into the lives and visions and want to speed toward the end in hopes that things work out. 

Take my advice. Take a deep breath and slow down, you will enjoy it all the more.

Once you have finished, please join us at Capital Public Radio on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss this wonderful work of art. 

As always, thanks for reading.

Here's Our July Book

June 10, 2015 | Vicki Lorini

We are reading two Pulitzer Prize winners in a row. For our July selection, I have chosen All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book, which is centered around the chance meeting of a blind French girl and a young German soldier in France during World War II, has an intricate plot and a handful of the most well-drawn characters I have read in years. 

The New York Times named All The Light We Cannot See as one of its Top Ten Books of 2014. In its review, The Times said, "Marie-Laure is an exquisitely realized creation. Her blindness is convincingly represented, and the steady love of her locksmith father (who builds scale models of the neighborhoods she must learn to negotiate with her cane) makes her story both more beautiful and more believable. Although they are eventually separated, we remember Daniel LeBlanc, for he has saved his daughter from helpless self-pity; and once he is gone, her self-reliant intelligence, nurtured by him, allows her to carry on most bravely and eventually to inspire others." 

It is true. Throughout the book, you will find yourself cheering for Marie and hoping it all comes out right. This is a book that may cause you to lose an entire day reading, but you will realize after, that the day wasn't lost at all.

Please join our favorite guest moderator Jenny O'Mara for our face to face discussion on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m.

And remember, Vive La France!