Ashland Books @ Noon October 2019 Picks

Created on April 27, 2021, 8:49 am

Last Updated April 27, 2021, 8:49 am

On the first Tuesday of every month, an intrepid group of Ashland readers meets at noon to talk about the best books they've read during the month. These are their stories. [Cue CSI Theme Music]
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Kristin found this book about how racist thinking is not only just plain wrong, but also leads to poor outcomes for everyone to be illuminating and well-researched.
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Saundra wasn't completely satisfied by this tale of sexual violence against Menonite women in Bolivia. She thought it would be more successful as a short story...and that the lack of resolution didn't serve the work as a whole.
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Carolyn loves anything about Lorraine Hansberry and is really enjoying this biography.
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Bill is enjoying this book, but notes that it is written by a person who is very much a believer in the historical accuracy of Biblical texts about Paul. It feels more theological than historical.
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Rad got distracted by politics whilst reading this book of loosely interconnected stories and feels like he needs to try to it again to give it a chance.
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Claudia enjoyed this historical novel set in 1890s France based on true events.
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Pat read this after hearing about it from Kathy. She too enjoyed and said it left her wanting to know more about this unique place.
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Wendy also had a hard time getting into this one.
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Wendy read and wasn't particularly fond of this one.
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Kathy read this title and acknowledged that it's quite terrifying given where we are in history. She said it was somewhat heartening to learn that our current situation is far more like 1940s Italy than 1940s Germany...though that is small comfort. Present day fascist regimes are also discussed.
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Saundra loved Becoming and especially recommends it on audio. Michelle Obama reads it herself. Her reading "captures of color of every word" says Saundra.
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Carolyn was not a fan of The Institute...it just wasn't literary enough for her. We discussed the fact that King can be better when he is writing shorter format stuff: novellas and short stories. Pat specifically mentioned Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which is a novella that was first published in Different Seasons. I've linked that title next.
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Beverly is finding her way through Dickens, and this is the last novel her wrote. She said she was finding modern writing used a more limited vocabulary and was enjoying the deeply descriptive language of Dickens.
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Bonnie mentioned that Martin Cruz Smith had a novel with a Chernobyl setting during our discussion...this is that novel.
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Rad found the in depth reportage of the Chernobyl disaster interesting...but he felt like it got a bit draggy in the middle. He said it might be "more than you really want to know." We also briefly mentioned the TV series...info in the next link!
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Bonnie got on the Library Book bandwagon and agrees that it is wonderful.
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Claudia said that reading this title by the "other" Durrell brother informed her reading of Bitter Lemons.
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Pat has discovered a new author to love! She said this WWII historical novel was fantastic.