Virtual Books @ Noon June 2020 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] Due to the virtual nature of this program, where available, this list links to the ebook edition of the title.
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Bonnie to mention this other work by Lithgow...which inspired a conversation about his picture books, some of which are linked next.
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This is a lovely literary teen title with crossover potential for adults. It's really an interesting look at women's history and mental health treatment. Told in multiple threads that come together at the end. Laura Ruby, when she is writing her more literary YA is just really interesting and good. This is kind of a ghost story, kind of magic realism. If this one appeals, then the other Laura Ruby readalike is Bone Gap, linked below.
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Pat was on a "dictators through history" kick and also read this book last month!
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Wendy really enjoyed some ZZ Packer short stories!
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Claudia was searching for humor and found this lovely Calvin and Hobbes compendium that generated much laughter.
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Fool novels volume 3
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Kristin brought forth this lighthearted and ribald Midsummer Night's Dream retelling.
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Bonnie was one of our last holdouts to read this one because the plot didn't really appeal, but the book sucked her in and she's a convert. Claudia mentioned that she also really enjoyed Rules of Civility, linked next.
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Pat thought the historical passages were a bit didactic, but the characters were great. So, not her favorite Allende, but she definitely enjoyed it!
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Wendy felt like this memoir was just OK...that the writing was a bit uneven.
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Claudia read this kind-a-sort-a Frankenstein retelling and all the levels it worked on. From low comedy to high ideas, this was a great read!
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