Another book our program director, Dina, wants to recommend is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It was discussed and recommended as a favorite book at the 2012 Road Scholar program she attended. (Road Scholar, Adventures in Lifelong Learning, is a program created by Elderhostel, Inc.).
Editorial Reviews says this book is very different, but is filled with wisdom and heartwarming characters.
The New York Times says "...it is a best seller in France and several other countries and belongs to a distinct subgenre: the accessible book that flatters readers with its intellectual veneer…Renee's story is addressed to no one (that is, to us), while Paloma's takes the form of a notebook crammed with what she labels "profound thoughts." Both create eloquent little essays on time, beauty and the meaning of life…Even when the novel is most essayistic, the narrators' kinetic minds and engaging voices...propel us ahead".
This book was first published in 2008 and has been on numerous book club recommendation lists. We are highlighting it now in case you missed it. Dina has started recommending this book to patrons and is considering using it for one of her book club's selections this year. Check it out for yourself!