The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 7, at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop. The Seance is
John Harwood’s brilliant second novel, a gripping gothic thriller set
in late-Victorian England. It is a world of apparitions, of
disappearances and unnatural phenomena, of betrayal and blackmail and
black-hearted villains—and murder. For Constance’s bequest comes in two
parts: a house and a mystery. Years before, a family disappeared at
Wraxford Hall, a decaying mansion in the English countryside with a
sinister reputation. Now the Hall belongs to Constance. And she must
descend into the darkness at the heart of the Wraxford Mystery to find
the truth, even at the cost of her life.
Robert H. Chapman/Courtesy Will Schwalbe Mary Ann Schwalbe and her children, including Will Schwalb, at left, circa 1967
The October 3, 2013 book club will discuss The End of Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The meeting is at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop. Everyone is welcome to join us for the discussion even if you have not read the book! The club members choose the books we read.
After Mary Anne Schwalbe learned she had advanced
pancreatic cancer, in 2007, her son Will suggested she start a blog to keep
family and friends informed. Schwalbe liked the idea but worried it was
“unseemly” to broadcast news about herself, so she asked her son to write it
instead. The blog became “Will’s Mary Anne Schwalbe News.” When Mary Anne
decided it would be “easier” if she composed the first entry, she dictated in
the third person for Will to type and post — a practice that continued until the
blog’s, and Mary Anne’s, last days. By CHRISTOPHER R.
BEHAPublished: January 4, 2013, New York Times Book Review.