Ashland Books@Noon February 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 (except this month, because of the holiday, it was the second Tuesday), 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 mentioned that many find this title an intriguing follow-up to Brown Girl Dreaming. It's not in verse and it's not officially a memoir...but since it is based in Ms. Woodson's life experience, many readers have found the two resonate well against each other.
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Claudia picked this up at the airport and loved it. Carolyn has brought this memoir in verse to the group in the past. Another exceptional title that will likely do the rounds of the group!
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Rad loved this new Murakami title...the language, the magic realism, all of it. There were others present who were less engaged by it...so may not be for everyone!
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Bill read a lot when younger of the early canon of science fiction literature. This is an overview of that genre and those authors.
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Pat liked the alternating points of view in this Holocaust historical fiction title. This one deals with scientific experimentation on concentration camp prisoners. Gritty stuff.
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Jane forgot that she had seen this book in its movie adaptation incarnation. She enjoyed.
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Pat mentioned this title as another recent twisty she's read and enjoyed!
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Kristin is enjoying this series, particularly its middle-aged heroine. No need to read in order. Good twisty mysteries with interesting female characters.
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We've talked about this title before. Wendy really loved the commentary on wealth inequality.
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Claudia read and enjoyed this memoir. It's a portrait of a man caring for his grandmother. He moved to Russia to care for her in Moscow.
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Rad read this recently published title by Zora Neale Hurston. Though it's written in dialect, Rad found it very readable and powerful. This is the story of an man, who at the time Ms. Hurston recorded it, was the last known person to be brought from Africa as a slave.
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Bill is reading this one. He is enjoying, but he warns that you probably want to have some knowledge of Nietzshein order to find it a compelling read.
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Pat found this on a best of list. She found the descriptions of slavery in Barbados early in the novel incredibly brutal, but was eventually swept away by the adventure story that followed. Kristin had seen this on best of lists from 2018 and had also added it to her list.
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Jane continued her trend on reading stories of adoption from Asia. She enjoyed this one very much!
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