Ashland Books @ Noon July 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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Ahna contributes from afar: "The font cover is worth the price of the read. He's irascible. He's gritty. He's horrifyingly amusing/funny. "When I turned eighty and rubbed testosterone onto my chest, my beard roared like a lion and lengthened four inches. the hair on my head grew longer and more jumbled, and with Linda's help encouragement I never restrained its fury. "...I enjoyed being grubby and noticeable. Decling more swiftly toward the grave, I make certain that everyone knows....that no posthumous razor may scrape my blue face." Listen to him. This guy has written over 15 books of poetry and over 15 books of prose. He was also U.S. poet laureate."
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Saundra was not a fan and didn't finish this one.
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Jane loved the resilient character in this book.
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Grace mentioned a book she got from Hannon about the end of WWII called Endgame. She rightly guessed that JCLS wouldn't own it. We had a brief conversation about other things called "endgame" including this play by Beckett.
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Cathy shared this novel about Alice Roosevelt.
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Kristin also mentioned that Dreamers felt very much like Station Eleven.
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Rad also mentioned that he was in process on this book but was trying to figure out if he would like it. Kristin slowly realized she'd talked about it to the group before and doubled down on her love of this one but acknowledged it was a slow burn and might not be for everyone.
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Rad gave us some snark about this book. Rad's advice: "Read one of his earlier books!"
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Claudia recently reread a much older edition of Lewis Carroll's books in preparation for the OSF play.
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Wendy also brought up Richard Blanco since he is coming to town.
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Wendy is currently reading this when she's not cooking amazing dishes!
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Both Kristin and Grace mentioned The Martian at the same time. This is an example of sci fi that super grounded in real science (rather than the heady theory of Crouch...or the more traditional space opera).
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While you wait for Recursion to arrive...you can read this similarly themed title now!
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Saundra loved the prose of this Pulitzer Prize winner.
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Jane found this title and found it to be a worthwhile historical novel centered around the Holocaust.
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Carolyn gave a delightfully snarky review of this book that she absorbed like popcorn. She did find a man's portrayal of a woman's story somewhat, erm, lacking. "It'd make a great movie because all the men are so good looking," says Carolyn.
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Bill found the topic and the setting of this book interesting. He hasn't yet seen the movie...so the movie is linked below!
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Kristin mentioned that there were things about Grace's description of Tahir's work that reminded her of this new series.
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This is Grace's favorite series ever. She did a great job of sharing how impactful this series has been on her.
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This wasn't quite Claudia's cup of tea. She did find the tyranny of immortality illustrated in the book interesting, though!
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