Looking for love can be a challenge for even the most gregarious person, but when your social skills aren't quite up to snuff, what's a smart guy to do? If your answer was "create a questionnaire," then Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project is the book for you.
If you like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, then you'll love genetics professor Don Tillman, who decides to approach love scientifically by launching The Wife Project in an effort to find his perfect match.
He also decides that Rosie Jarman -- smoker, drinker, late-arriver -- is definitely NOT his perfect match, but Rosie has a quest of her own and Don might be just the guy to help. Along the way, Don might also need something all-wrong-for-him Rosie has to offer as well.
The Rosie Project is a fun ride, and unlike any story I have read before. Don and Rosie as well as a great cast of secondary characters are captivating from start to finish.
I found the book smart, funny and engaging. Do you agree? Give it a try and share your thoughts with the rest of the Northwest Passages book discussion group on Nov. 19, when The Rosie Project is the selected title.
Northwest Passages meets at 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. In addition to Nov. 19, the group plans fall get-togethers on Sept. 17 when Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior will be considered. On Oct. 15, Will Harlan's Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island will be discussed.
Also starting at 10:30 a.m., but on the last Thursday of the month, are the meetings of the Thursday Morning Book Group. Held at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., fall selections include Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford on Sept. 25, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury on Oct. 23 and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper on Nov. 13.
Also held at Old Worthington Library are the first Wednesday of the month meetings of the Speaking Volumes book discussion group; all start at 7:30 p.m.
This fall, participants will gather on Oct. 1 to talk about Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. The group plans to select new book titles at its Nov. 5 meeting.
Christiana Congelio is a youth services librarian for Worthington Libraries.