Television producers seem to nod more enthusiastically at the novels we love, and plans have been announced to bring several book club favorites to the screen.
Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal,” a new look at how we treat death by surgeon Gawande, presents both the failures of modern treatment and the ways doctors can do better with dying patients. This should be a riveting look at how doctors, hospice workers and other health professionals handle the end-of-life decisions that must be made.
Gail Honeyman’s popular “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is also slated for moviemaking. Readers loved this story of a woman hiding from the real world in a comic fashion, with shades of sorrow and trauma. She is a survivor of abuse, a victim of workplace bullying and a reclusive figure — yet we loved her. Can’t wait to see this story brought to film.
Amy Liptrot’s “The Outrun,” memoir of drug abuse in a child (the author) born to a paranoid schizophrenic mother and a rigid evangelic Christian. She grows up confused and addicted but finds herself by moving away and to the Orkney Islands, off Scotland, where she finds peace inside herself. So it’s not all dark, and it’s a reflection of the times that adolescents confront.
Finally, Kirkus Reviews warns, get ready for another Stephen King movies: Billy Summers is the story of a Marine and Iraq war veteran who has PTSD and works as a hitman. He’s also a would-be writer with a sympathetic heart for the young woman he tries to help. If it sounds dark, it is, but there you have the realm made famous by King.
•Julie Rumrill will give a two-hour author presentation for her novel, “Finding Mary,” at 1 pm, April 9, in the Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 East Main St., Webster. The book is about a sister’s journey through unresolved grief toward her forgiveness and understanding in the wake of Mary’s death. It begins with a visit to the grave and continues through mystery and memory as she learns to cope with traumatic loss.
“’Finding Mary’ is threaded with beautiful descriptions of the natural world,” says bookstore owner Deb Horan. “It will make you laugh, cry and celebrate the enduring and precious gift of family.”
If interested, reserve a seat by calling (508) 949-6232.
Rumrille is on the science faculty of Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College in New Haven. She’s also a writer, teacher and yoga instructor.
Booklovers’ artist of the month is kelly anderson, whose artist reception will be held at 2 pm, April 2. Anderson’s display is themed on “Seasons.” She says she is drawn to the natural world and credits the influences of Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth for her work by her.
•Christina Baker Klineauthor of “The Orphan Train” and “The Exiles,” will appear at an author’s talk sponsored by Friends of the Gladys E. Kelly Library, 2 Lake St., Webster, at 7 pm May 19 in the library. Both her talk and her book signing will be free to the public. Focus is on “The Orphan Train,” the true story of orphans taken by train to Midwestern farms during the Depression, as told by a 91-year-old woman to a troubled teenager.
The library’s adult book group will meet at 6:30 pm May 16 to discuss “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.”
•The American History Book Club at Worcester Public Library will discuss “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” by David Treuer at 7 pm, April 5. Register online to attend. The Science Fiction Book Club has slated “The Darkwing” by Walter Hunt for its 1 pm April 19 meeting.
The Great American Read Book Club will discuss “Bless Me, Last” by Rudolfo Anaya at its 7 pm April 26 meeting.
On April 13, the True Crime Book Club will discuss “The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer,” by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan. Meeting is at 7 pm
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