Ashland Books @ Noon August 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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From Ahna: A book about coos generations that at one time or another shared a residence in a small village outside Pris within a hundred year span of relationships, regrets, choices, new beginnings in new eras. I'm not sure why the author thought it necessary to jump back an forth in time because I felt confused and tagged with piecing together the connections between families and time periods. Also, I found the insertions of French phrases quite frustrating. I am not a Francophile and don't know the language.
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Jane wanted a bit more from this tale of the Russian Revolution.
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Nina shared this non fiction title about GPS based in anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics.
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Kristin said that she read and enjoyed-ish this title...finding the characters somewhat mind-boggling-ly young and naive.
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Carolyn said Stephen King had never really been her thing but that this memoir of writing was definitely her thing. There was some discussion about King's writerly qualities and a story was told about his response after the Rushdie Fatwah...which led to a conversation about both Rushdie and King being out on the book promotion circuit because they have new books coming out. They are linked next!
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Bill is still on his re-reading books he loved from childhood kick!
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Rad liked this book of short stories and wants to read more by this author. Kristin and a few others indicated a fondness for Wallace's work. Kristin mentioned that Infinite Jest is really his magnum opus...and it's linked next!
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Pat said she finished this because she wanted to know what happened and not because she was enjoying it. She found it disjointed and depressing.
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Claudia loved this one and said that one of the overwhelming takeaways was how smart the author of this book is. She described it as social satire.
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Jane was intrigued by the cover of this one. A novel about a protagonist who never quite settles down.
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Kristin loved this tale of emigrants from China to both the US and The Netherlands in this book that, at its core, posits that in the end we are ALL unreliable narrators. A lovely character study wrapped around a mystery.
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Carolyn recognized fairy tale tropes in this very popular summer read. While she enjoyed the book she made some very compelling criticisms of the work itself, including a problematic depiction of the African American community.
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14) Heart Of A Dog
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Cathy talked about this narrative nonfiction about historic murders and insurance fraud. It sounds like a fascinating story for true crime fans as well as fans of Harper Lee. (It almost sounds like she tried to Truman Capote/In Cold Blood the crimes but her work output from the time wasn't fully saved.
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Set in a very large alternate Sitka, Alaska, Rad enjoyed this continuation of his absurdist/magical realism reading kick.
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Pat enjoyed this atypical police procedural. I knew series with a new detective from this author solving historical mysteries. So there are modern forensic techniques juxtaposed against historical crimes.
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Claudia kicked us off with this memoir from local author/playright Octavio Solis. Told in short flash vignettes of his life, Claudia found this book a good model for memoir writing. Set in El Paso, she was reading it as news of the shooting we in the media.
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As we gathered we all shared Toni Morrison memories. I remember The Bluest Eye specifically being discussed by Cathy, but I'm fairly sure that we each had a different favorite title in mind during the discussion.
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