Books @ Noon January 2021 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 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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Sandra says from afar: "not what I thought. but solid. It was more of a thriller than I had imagined, would have liked more character development but it did move along at a good clip!"
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Sandra couldn't join us but sent some titles she read this month to share. Here's what she said about Shuggie Bain (on audio): "Terrific. Strong accents to be sure but easy to follow. A beautiful but sad portrayal of growing up poor in Glasgow during the Thatcher days, living with poverty complicated by single parents and alcoholism. I thought it did a nice job of showing hope but how hard it is to turn hope into something wished for - longer term."
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Kristin mentioned reading and loving this novel that takes a look at faith, neuroscience, addiction, and depression.
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Someone mentioned this novel as well. The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature recently and her books have been shared with this group in the past. This one has been in your chroniclers TBR pile for ages.
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Colleen shared this title, which has been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks, more info linked next.
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Wendy asked if anyone had read Atkinson. There were people who had. Wendy was not finding this particular title quite to her liking. Kristin mentioned that Life After Life was her favorite. It's linked next.
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Ellie, who will be your chronicler next month, shared this graphic novel as a recent book she'd read and enjoyed. Kristin and Ellie then launched into a discussion about how amazing this author is in general (not just because we all share a last name). Kristin threw out a recommendation for Bill of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing for its ties to history of philosophy. It's an odd dense book in 2 volumes. The first volume is linked next. Also discussed was "landscape with Invisible Hand" to which Tiffany Haddish has been attached, which would be of interest to Carolyn. Both of those titles are linked next as is an article about the film adaptation of the latter title.
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Mary brought up A Gentleman in Moscow, how much she had enjoyed it. This book has been a favorite of the group! She also mentioned two other books she had read and enjoyed recently. These are linked next!
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Bill enjoyed this sequel to Red Sparrow but pointed out that it was quite violent.
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Carolyn really enjoyed reading about Mariah Carey and the successful life she built for herself over time.
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This title came up in a conversation around Black trauma narratives and how we approach such titles.
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Colleen said that she was on a nostalgia kick, most recently re-reading Catcher in the Rye. The group also mentioned the book "A Separate Peace" as a part of that conversation, which is linked next.
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