SJ Book Club to take off for hol­i­days, re­turn in Jan­uary for Mich­ener’s “Alaska”

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The Stan­dard Jour­nal Book Club will be tak­ing a hia­tus for the Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son, but will be back at the end of Jan­uary to dis­cuss a book for the new year.

Ed­i­tor Kevin Myrick said the club won’t be meet­ing for Novme­ber or De­cem­ber to help ac­com­mo­date the hol­i­day sea­son for mem­bers of the club, since both book club dates would fall on Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas this year.

After dis­cus­sion with the group fol­low­ing some brief thoughts on the Oc­to­ber book club se­lec­tion “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King, the club de­cided it will have the next few months to read James Mich­ener’s “Alaska.”

“This is another book I haven’t had a chance to read yet, and look for­ward to ex­plor­ing with the rest of the club,” he said.

Here’s what Ama­zon. com, for those in­ter­ested in the com­ing se­lec­tion, has to say of the book:

“In this sweep­ing epic of the north­ern­most Amer­i­can fron­tier, James A. Mich­ener guides us through Alaska’s fierce ter­rain and his­tory, from the long-for­got­ten past to the bustling present.

As his char­ac­ters strug- gle for sur­vival, Mich­ener weaves to­gether the ex­cit­ing high points of Alaska’s story: its bru­tal ori­gins; the Amer­i­can ac­qui­si­tion; the gold rush; the tremen­dous growth and ex­ploita­tion of the sal­mon in­dus­try; the ar­du­ous con­struc­tion of the Al­can High­way, un­der­taken to de­fend the ter­ri­tory dur­ing World War II.

A spell­bind­ing por­trait of a hu­man com­mu­nity fight­ing to es­tab­lish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and ma­jes­tic saga of the en­dur­ing spirit of a land and its peo­ple.”

Pre­vi­ously, books were se­lected through an on­line poll held after the club met at the end of the month. Myrick said he felt the vot­ing was be­com­ing skewed by those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, but not show­ing up when the meet­ings are sched­uled to join in the dis­cus­sion.

“It was a prob­lem, so we de­cided as a group that I’d make the selections in­stead after dis­cussing it with those reg­u­lar mem­bers who have been at­tend­ing,” he said.

Those in­ter­ested in more de­tails about the Book Club’s Jan­uary meet­ing – to be held at a pri­vate res­i­dence – can email Myrick at [email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion or call the Stan­dard Jour­nal of­fices at 770-748-1520 and ask to speak with the ed­i­tor.

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