Longitude Book Club

Meeting Date:  third Tuesday of each month

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Place:  Watermark cafe

Leader:  Julie Minks

This club explores global culture through great fiction & non-fiction reads. It meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the cafe.  The group leader is Julie Minks who engaged in some world traveling during her time with the Air Force.  The Longitude Book Club is comprised of a variety of people who come for specific books or to learn about a new culture.  This small but mighty group travels the globe, encountering different cultures and foreign authors and situations as they read fiction, nonfiction, historical, or mystery works.  Please join them on their journey!


A Short Introduction to Longitude:

1. How would you characterize the Longitude Book Club?

I would characterize Longitude as eclectic. We cross most genres as long as it has a foreign slant, be it the author or story. Those who join us want to learn of other cultures. We find this in mysteries, fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and in humor or the more serious. Everyone usually learns something new.

2. Which book has been the most popular or caused the most lively discussion or was noteworthy in any way? Why?

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh was a popular book this year. It is the first part of a trilogy taking place in British-controlled India during the Chinese Opium Wars. Many in the book club wanted to continue the series because they were so invested in the characters. It was noteworthy as it was full of intrigue, adventure, action on the high seas, and colonialism. We learned a lot about sea voyages, India, and the opium trade to boot. There was so much to discuss. We had a fun night.

3. What might a new member expect when attending the Longitude Book Club for the first time?

A new member can expect to feel welcomed and their thoughts and feelings on the topic respected. We encourage discussion and what you liked and disliked. You will be invited back and told what future books to expect and what part of the world they are from. We are always glad to have new input and to have you join us.

See what we're reading this quarter listed below. To see an archived list of our past reading selections, click here.

Hunting Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126539
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

December 19, 2017:  Hunting Season by Andrea Camilleri


The Blue Between Sky and Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632862228
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 14th, 2016

January 16, 2018:  The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa


Dear Fang, with Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 18th, 2017

February 20, 2018:  Dear Fang, with Love by Rufi Thorpe


Ties Cover Image
By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609453855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 7th, 2017

March 20, 2018:  Ties by Domenico Starnone