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HSPA Book Club

The HSPA Book Club is a fun way to reconnect with our parent community and meet new friends.

If you do not have time to read the book, stop by anyway and join in the fun; read below for upcoming dates, book selections, and a link to buy each book.  Book club begins after drop-off at 8:30 a.m. in the Nostrant Pavilion at Palmer House. We meet on the second Friday of the month, with the exception of October.

This year’s meeting dates will be:
    Sept. 8
    Oct. 6
    Nov. 10
    Dec. 8
    Jan. 12
    Feb. 9
    March 8
    April 12
    May 10 

For questions about the Book Club, email Colleen Scharpf.  

All meetings take place in the Nostrant Pavilion at Palmer House.

Upcoming Book Selections

April 2024

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Women by Kristin Hannah

Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances "Frankie" McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets--and becomes one of--the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm's way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.

Order the book through Children’s Book World in Haverford

 

May 2024

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Diary of a Bookseller" by Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ...

In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

Order the book through Amazon (Out of Stock at Children’s Book World in Haverford)

 

September 2024

Trust by Hernan Diaz

Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) Hernan Diaz

Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth--all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz's TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another--and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.

Order the book through Children’s Book World in Haverford

 

Ladies wearing hats gather at the book club meeting

Recent Selections

Why Join the HSPA Book Club?

  • Fellowship: We have parent members representing all three divisions and alumni.
  • We ALWAYS discuss the book! But Real Life happens… there are always a few people at each meeting who haven’t finished (or started) the book and that’s OK!
  • We have a secondary topic each month and interesting visuals, so there is always a reason to attend the meeting.
  • Reading just 6 minutes a day can help relieve stress by 68% (according to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex)
  • It’s a judgment free zone! No one is keeping track or keeping score.    
  • Because it’s FUN! Book Club should be something you look forward to, not another dreaded item on your To Do list.