Book of the month – Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis

Hello 2013! We’ve been MIA for a while, but we’re back to our routines, back to work and best of all, back to book club!

We hope all our readers had a fabulous Christmas with their families and friends. It just always seems to go by too fast! I was so busy in Halifax over the holidays that I barely read. Good thing I finished our December bookThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – long before my vacation! Brigitte will be bringing you her review of the novel soon.


Post-meeting drinks

So, here we are. It’s a new year, filled with possibilities and new beginnings, especially for two of our beloved Unputdownable girls. Founding member Sian will be moving to Toronto this week and next week, Alyssa will be relocating to Vancouver to do her yoga teacher training. Additionally, both girls have some serious international travel plans for the spring.

We’re super sad to be losing two hilarious, beautiful and fun-loving ladies, but I have three things to say on behalf of all the other members: first, we’re seriously jealous of you. Secondly, you better be back. And last but not least… good luck! (In case you were wondering, both girls will still be reading along with us from afar!)


We’ll miss you two!

Last night we met to catch up on each other’s holidays, discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Erin chose the next book. Warning: we are definitely not starting 2013 out with a  warm and fuzzy, feel-good novel. In fact, what we ended up choosing is exactly the opposite: Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis.

Longlisted for the 2012 Giller, this book immediately interested me. Inspired by the true story of the Goler family near Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the novel focuses on an isolated clan living in poverty, incest and abuse on a mountain. However, the people in the nearby town have secrets and troubles of their own. The story is about a community’s many forms of polarization and segregation – especially the widely examined “us versus them” mentality.

Even though it sounds dark, Our Daily Bread is sure to be fascinating and generate some good book club discussions. Personally, I cannot wait to get into it!

Happy new year from the Unputdownable Book Club! What did you read over the holidays?


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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2 Responses to Book of the month – Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis

  1. Happy New Years friends of Erin. Over the holidays I finished Scott Belsky’s “Making Ideas Happen” and Richard Stengel’s “Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man.” Both good non-fiction reads. Now working on “Proust was a Neuroscientist” by Jonah Lehrer


  2. Pingback: Book of the month – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov | The "Unputdownable" Book Club

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