Welcome back to a new semester!  Here are the MxCC Bookclub Spring 2013 choices. All three are works of fiction, each quite different from the other.  What they have in common is that they are well-written, engaging, page-turning and will be great to discuss.


First, on Thursday Feb. 7, is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.  Once again we will stretch ourselves and draw upon the right sides of our brains with a graphic novel.  This book was a National Book Award Finalist in 2006:  one critic praises its mature “artistic design” and “narrative depth.” It’s a modern fable of a Chinese-American boy struggling to find a fit in his American home.

Next, on Wednesday March 6, is the One Book One Middletown choice, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I predict this will be one of the most popular OBOM choices ever.  Set in the year 2044, at its heart it’s a quest that plays out as a scavenger hunt in a virtual universe. Many great activities are planned for this, including a skype chat with the author.

Our last book of the semester is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  This book was on many lists of best books of 2012.  It’s part mystery, part psychological portrait of a marriage.  I know many of you have read it; on Wed. April 24, you will get a chance to discuss it.  When did you figure it out?  Did you hate the ending?

We have several copies of American Born Chinese ready to be borrowed.  It is a quick read.  Please come borrow one and join us on Thursday Feb. 7 at 12:30 in the Periodicals Room of the library. We have one copy each of the other two available.

See you soon,

APaluckAnne Paluck is a reference librarian in the Jean Burr Smith Library here at MxCC. She has been coordinating the MxCC Book Club since 2004.