Book Club’s Picks: Preview and Review


Montrose Book Club

After feeling some mixed emotions over controversial plot developments, Go Set a Watchman left the Book Club with the reminder that this story was the first draft of the beloved classic. From the realization that Atticus was not all we thought he was, to the loss of the cherished character, Jem, we were left with unanswered questions that can only be attributed to the incompleteness of the novel. One thing that will not disappoint is Scout’s matured but constant character. There has been a lot said about this book, but the best way to understand it is to read it yourself!
3 out of 5 stars
Book Club will next read The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. This story is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and offers an eye-opening glimpse into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captures his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drinks, he becomes dishonest and destructive. Her mother is a free spirit who abhors the idea of domesticity and doesn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.
The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.