Category Archives: Book Club

A review: I thought it was just me (but it isn’t)

I first came across Brene Brown in 2011 through her now infamous TEDtalk, The power of vulnerability.  It struck a chord and in one of my late-night book-ordering binges (which was allowed when I was still a graduate student because it was all for “research”) I ordered Daring Greatly and I Thought It Was Just MeContinue Reading

Hearth Holiday Book List

-written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola I’m the sort of person who just assumes everyone wants books as gifts; besides a handmade item, books are my go-to gift. I mean, the smell, the feel, the ability to curl up with a cup of tea and escape the 5 feet of snow outside your Boston window…Continue Reading

The Lola Quartet

The Lola Quartet

-written by Book Club Member, Nina Earley Due to some last minute circumstances our book club this month was smaller and lacked our fearless leaders Marika and Miranda. The four of us who remained decided to continue nonetheless, and an interesting, if somewhat looser, discussion ensued. A few members of a different book club, meetingContinue Reading

An Exaggerated Murder, October Book Club Summary

-written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola Book club night was cold, the wind driving the rain about. It was the sort of night that would open a detective novel, and a terrible one for biking, which is why we had a small group at Diesel Cafe to discuss our latest selection, An Exaggerated Murder, byContinue Reading

The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World

On September 30th, we met at Diesel Cafe to discuss The Happiest People in the World, by Brock Clarke. The book follows a Danish cartoonist who, after receiving death threats, moves to upstate New York to become a high school guidance counselor. It’s a odd book full of dysfunctional characters, none of whom you thinkContinue Reading

Summer Reading at the Hearth

Summer Reading at the Hearth

-written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola Americanah, a book that explores race and culture, love, opportunity, class, and education- it’s a lot for one book to tackle. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie manages to explore these enormous concepts (and the tensions they result in) in a novel that is a character-driven. The result is a surprisingly readableContinue Reading

The Principles of Uncertainty

The Principles of Uncertainty

-written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola The blue armchair on the side of the street. The melted traffic cones on the corner of Route 2. The perfect cake in the window. Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty is about these small moments, the moments we don’t often record or remember unless we’re obsessive journalers, drawers,Continue Reading

What We See When We Read

What We See When We Read

-written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola In many ways, What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund is a difficult book to get through as it invites the reader’s mind to wander, to figure out what, exactly, we visualize when we read. Can you picture the protagonist from the last book you read? HowContinue Reading

A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

written by Hearth Member Marika McCoola Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad takes a few chapters to get accustomed to. At first, it seems like a series of short stories. But when characters from one chapter start popping up in subsequent chapters, the connections start appearing. What emerges is not a clean mapContinue Reading

Searching for Happiness

Searching for Happiness

–written by Hearth Member, Marika McCoola Our third Hearth book club selection was Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord. The book follows Hector, a psychiatrist, as he travels the world searching for what makes people happy. Specifically, he’s looking at why his well-to-do, secure clients are unhappy with their seemingly stable lives.Continue Reading