Moke Hill READS Book Club

Jan 25, 2021 by

Moke Hill READS Book Club

 We are doing a ZOOM meeting this month.  If you want to join the conversation, send an email to

 February 2, 2021, 7 PM.  Martin Marten, by Brian Doyle.  The book’s title refers to Martin, who is a Marten (otter/mink-like animal).  His co-protagonist is Dave, a young human, backed up by his precocious younger sister, Maria.  Martin and Dave are both coming of age and their separate lives intersect during Dave’s runs in the woods, inspiring each to be curious about the other.  The late award-winning author Brian Doyle wrote of Oregon’s people and natural settings, and allows us to see the inspiring interconnectedness of life though his joyous and rollicking style.

March 2, 2021, 7 PM.  Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman.  Alice Hoffman has written a vastly popular series of magical romance books based on the lives of two witches.  The first novel, Practical Magic, was published in 1995 and made into a movie (which many enjoyed more than the book).  The prequel, Rules of Magic, follows the curse from 1620 to the modern time as Susanna Owens tries to keep her children from invoking the dark magic that has been passed down her line.

April 6, 2021, 7 PM.  Moloka’i, byAlan Brennert.    Set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, this is the story of Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, who dreams of visiting far-off lands like her merchant seaman father. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning

Moke Hill Reads Book Club:  First Tuesday of every month – Zoom meetings for now! No commitment, No attendance taken, No membership, No dues. For everyone interested in good books and discussions about them. Sponsored by the Mokelumne Hill Friends of the Library. Send us your email address or watch for announcements on and other news sources. Contact Janet Dock: or Julia Costello:

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