February 2013 Book Selection

Are you a planner? Do you like to get ahead of the ball. Well you can get a whole year* ahead on your reading!

You can also get excited  about the great book pick Kim Oh has brought to our calendar. In February of 2013 we will be discussing the new book  Please Look After Mom by Korean author Kyung-sook Shin.

A quick preview:

 This novel from widely acclaimed Korean author Shin focuses on motherhood and family guilt. Park So-nyo, mother of four now-adult children, has gone missing in a Seoul train station on the way to visit them. The novel is told in four parts, from the perspectives of, first, her daughter, and then, her firstborn son, her husband, and finally, So-nyo herself. Composed almost entirely in second-person narration, the writing is sharp, biting, and intensely moving. So-nyo’s children continually battle with their own guilt for not taking better care of her while reminiscing about the times when they were young, growing up in incredible poverty in the countryside. The children come to terms with their mother’s absence in their own ways, and their father repents for a lifetime of neglect. When So-nyo’s voice enters the narrative, the portrait of a troubled but loving family is complete. Secrets are revealed, and the heart of a mother is beautifully exposed. This Korean million-plus-copy best-seller is an impressive exploration of family love, poverty, and triumphing over hardship. –Julie Hunt –


This brings our current list to:

  • October:  Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott: Connie O’Brien with Shirley
  • November: Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks, host: TBD
  • December: PARTY, June’s
  • January: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
  • February: Please Look After Mom -Kyung Sook Shin


The “others” proposed but not picked for Feb include:

Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova, July 2011

The Surrendered, Chang-Rae Lee, March 2011,


*Well maybe just a calendar year, but 5 months is still quite impressive.

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