The Almshouse book club was set up following suggestions from residents. Members meet once a month where they discuss and compile a list of possible books that they would like to read the following month. The group also have a discussion about the book they have read in the previous month over a cup of tea. One of the books that was read recently was 'Still Alice' by Lisa Genova. This book created a lively review meeting where most people said they enjoyed the book although they said it was a worrying and close to home subject, as it was about Alzheimer's disease. One member found it badly written and a 'band-wagon' book but they all had plenty to say. Members scored the book between 0-7 out of 10.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is the book that is currently being read by the Almshouse book club. This is Ralph Ellison's first novel. It was published in 1952 when American society was on the cusp of immense change. Invisible Man is the story of a young black man from the South who does not fully understand racism in the world. He encounters many people and situations that slowly force him to face the truth about racism and his own identity.
The book club is open to all Almshouse residents, even those who are unable to attend the meetings. These residents can have a book delivered to them so they are still able to actively participate as they can write a review of the book and send it to the meeting for the other members to read and discuss.