Books @ Noon December 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]
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Finally, Wendy missed the meeting, but I spoke to her on the phone shortly afterwards. She has read Portnoy's Complaint, which she had had a hard time finding a copy of. She's now read it and will share next month. We missed you, Wendy!
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Bonnie mentioned that the local author of this book had a new self published book out. Information about her new book is up next. Bonnie, Kristin checked worldcat and there is not currently a catalog record we could use. I'd recommend giving your donation to Hannon since they have a cataloger on staff and may be able to get a record created, which would make it possible for us to buy a copy.
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Kathy mentioned that she could remember reading a novel about Madame Tussaud. If you want another novelized view of her life, here's another option.
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Kristin shared this historical novel told from the point of view of the woman who eventually became Madame Tussaud. Kristin thought this would appeal to fans of Gregory Maguire and also said after reading she was going to be looking forward to reading his soon-to-be published book which is told by Pinnochio's Geppetto from inside the whale! The link to the goodreads page for his new book is below.
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Carolyn has been on an Egypt kick. She read a harder to find book called "Women Travelers in Egypt" (a link to the goodreads page for that book is next) and then read this recent title by Picoult, much of which is set at an Egyptian archaeological dig. Kristin had also read and enjoyed.
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Bill read this nonfiction book about the philosophy of science that sounds fascinating. Demented Times sounds like it would refer to the present, but, no, this book takes us back to post-WWI Vienna. Bill said it inspired him to try picking up Wittgenstein again, and that he wished he could get has hands on the books of some of the members of the circle..
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and this! She specifically mentioned the presence of trans characters in the last three and how much she enjoyed each of them. Because this run of titles jogged my memory, I mentioned that it's "best of the year" season and promised to share links to some best of lists...those lists are up next:
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Attendees may remember that last month Sandra had been in a reading slump. Not so this month. She read this...
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Sandra enjoyed this commencement speech in book form. Kristin mentioned the library had more where that came from. There are two more listed below.
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Kathy suggested that this might be a bit "light weight" after our heady conversation about Caste...but there was good conversation around this title as well...from those who were excited to see another book to continue her Salem reading kick (see next 2 titles) and those who were wanting an entry point to Alice Hoffman (the following 2 titles were suggested by Kathy). The 3rd title she mentioned, Illumination Night, is not available through the library, but a link to the goodreads page for that book is also below.
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Bonnie kicked us off this this amazing read taking a unique look at the evolution of American racism. several of us had also read and/or were familiar with her from other works. Her first book is linked next. If you follow Oprah's Book Club, an interview with the author can be found there as well.
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