What your neighbors are reading
Books for Lunch is the library’s monthly no-pressure book club. Everyone is invited, so please consider joining us. We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30 – 2:00. Everyone talks about whatever they’ve been reading, tells the group a little about it, and what they do or don’t like about what they’ve read. No one must share, though, or read a common book, and that’s why it’s no pressure. Plus, we have a delicious lunch provided.
March’s meeting netted an especially good selection of book recommendations. Here are some of them.
Kathy enjoyed A Piece of the World, an historical fiction selection centering on artist Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World. Christina Baker Kline, who wrote The Orphan Train, is the author. Kathy also recommends The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton, a coming of age story covering ten years of life on a Wisconsin apple farm.
Sharon talked about two books, the first a mystery by Jane Harper set in Australia, The Dry. The New York Times says, “There’s a secret on every page.” Sharon also discovered a book organized by short anecdotes no longer than a page, seemingly unconnected, called The Voice Imitator, by Thomas Bernhard of Austria. This book receives high praise in all the right circles and one critic mentions, “The Voice Imitator reminds us that Thomas Bernhard remains the most caustic satirist of our age.” I cannot wait to read this one.
Dena got a lot of reading done. Among her favorites is a memoir by Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome. Doerr is also known for his recent book, All the Light We Cannot See. His memoir discusses an artist’s award he was granted, which provided him a stipend, an apartment, and space to work in Rome for a year. The adventures of life in Rome with his wife and twin baby sons is a delight that I’m currently in the middle of reading.
Corinne reminds us, in case we haven’t delved into it yet, how interesting the Ken Follett Century trilogy is, running from World War I to the Russian Revolution to women’s suffrage.
Mary has a light, funny book she recommends, Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel, about the highly competitive world of admissions to the most prestigious schools in New York City. Critics agree that Poeppel has just the right touch for this topic.
Among the books that Judy read, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was called a tour de force by the Wall Street Journal and made the NYT bestseller list. This mystery revolves around a woman whose husband and sons were lost to war, so she and her daughters take in boarders to make ends meet.
Last on our list is a book Lou Anne read, Wolf Boys, a non-fiction book by Dan Slater, about two American boys and their involvement with a deadly Mexican drug cartel. Although not a light read, this book shows how the cartels prey on vulnerable children of various ages.
As a bonus, here are some Netflix and other series our book group recommends: Top of the Lake, The Blacklist, Mercy Street, The Crown, and Home Fires (PBS).
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