Ashland Books @ Noon November 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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Kristin said she read this during the month as well and remembered why she liked Rushdie's style.
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Bill was mid-way through enjoying this nonfiction title.
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Sandra talked briefly about this one (your intrepid note-taker stopped taking good notes during "speed round")...apologies!
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Pat enjoyed this spy novel set in the US and Burkina Faso in the eighties.
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Caroline read this book she described as "charming" and "beautifully written."
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Kristin read this powerful memoir of the experiences of a young girl who survived the Rwandan genocide. While she has had a successful life in America, she makes some really powerful points about the fact that her success shouldn't be seen as a "feel good" story given the number of people who lost their lives and/or suffered terribly as a result of internal racial hatred (set in motion by Belgian colonialism). Serious and powerful, but important! Would be good to read in conjunction with "Night" (linked below).
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Bonnie said she had passed this by when it was really new and buzzy...but she is grateful she picked it up now. A "wonderful journey."
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Claudia read and enjoyed this satire after having it recommended to her by our very own Amy B! It's been out for a while now and no waiting required to check it out.
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Bill read an old biography of Yogi Berra he found in a used book store. While it was evident that the book he described wouldn't likely be in the library collection due to its age...members whose curiosity was piqued may find this biography a worthy substitute.
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Beverly read this novel because of its local theme and author.
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Sandra listened to this new novel by Woodson and enjoyed it enough to wonder what she should read next. Brown Girl Dreaming (middle grade memoir) and Another Brooklyn (adult novel) were both mentioned as strong candidates (linked below). Sandra found the full-cast audio recording well done and likened it to the experience of listening to Lincoln in the Bardo (linked below).
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Cathy was in the midst of reading this after seeing the Clintons in San Francisco. She said they did a really good job of finding both main stream women AND women more off the beaten path who also qualify as "gutsy."
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There was some side conversation about other books by Patchett...most notably Bel Canto, which most members had read.
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