Ashland Books @ Noon September 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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Emailed in from Ahna: One of the many, many poetry books by a former US Poet Laureate. Gorgeous. But like all poetry, is meant to be read out loud. More on this one later.
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Emailed in from Ahna: Another wonderful read by one of my very favorites. He has matured and lives permanently in Japan (between his travels as a journalist) with his Japanese wife of 26 years. The adjustment has been and still is taking place for this Indian man in this very comforting, but ver foreign landscape: the people, the mores, the connection with neighbors, neighborhoods, weekly table tennis partners, tight living spaces, ubiquitous shrines and prayerful rituals..... My very first read by this author The Lady and the Monk ws a winner.
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Emailed in from Ahna: Sounds horrifying? Sounds promising? But will we all wind up spending it on booze or drugs or ??? This UBI program has been in place successfully in other countries. The author poses that the greedy mentality of capitalism (with a $7.25 minimum U.S. wage has put many families in/below poverty living. The book has a great biblio. and reads like a textbook/novel. A real eye-opener for me.
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Bill shared this title with us as well...sadly my notetaking deteriorated at this point and I didn't capture his thoughts...but I remember them being positive!
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Saundra enjoyed this structurally uniquely structured memoir.
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Bonnie thought this biography was great on audio. She said that the reader captured Mr. Williams voice incredibly well.
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Claudia loved this funny, self-deprecating memoir.
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Kristin loved the layers and metaphors in this lovely multi-generational tale of Koreans living in Japan throughout the twentieth century.
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Carolyn is super busy writing right now and is not reading as much as she does usually, but is enjoying this writing memoir by King!
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Saundra really enjoyed this true account of a woman in a leadership role in the French resistance. It created a list of ideas of readalikes from others in the room, which are linked below.
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Bonnie loved the settings and beautiful writing of this book.
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Kristin mentioned that there were elements of The Library Book that reminded her of this oldie-but-goodie.
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Claudia loved this one...which we've discussed before. A must read for library lovers!
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This title is right in Nina's anthropological wheelhouse...so she was a fan. Suspect some of the rest of us may find this interesting as well!
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Kristin kicked things off with this tale of a fictional iconic 70s rock band. Super fun and FANTASTIC on audio. (I linked to the book because I always link to the book...but I assure you, it's available in and amazing on audio. You should be able to get there by clicking on the title and changing format from there.)
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