This month’s Book Lovers Book Club selection is “West with Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge.
Amazon Summary for West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge: ““Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes…”
Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave.
It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world’s first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes.
Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.
The titles are chosen by the Adult Services Librarian for the Book Lovers Book Club represent an array of genres, new and longtime authors, and a variety of viewpoints all in the spirit of encouraging lively discussion! These monthly selections, including this month’s book, are available for checkout with a SJCPLS library card in a variety of formats, both physical (via SJCPLS’s catalog) and downloadable (via Overdrive). All adults are invited to join the Book Lovers Book Club! No RSVPs are required. Please call us at our Library at (904) 827-6950 with any questions you may have.
After each meeting, several Book Club attendees (“The Lunch Bunch”) go out to lunch together at a nearby restaurant to enjoy further discussion and opportunities to build friendships. All Book Club attendees are invited and very welcome to participate in these gatherings anytime it works for you!
Thank you to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for generously sponsoring our library’s Book Lovers Book Club.