Books @ Noon April 2021 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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Claudia said she didn't like Hamnet as much as other folks she'd talked to had...and mentioned that she'd preferred a recent video of his life starring Kenneth Branagh. It turns out, we have that DVD in the collection and it is linked next!
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Kristin shared that she had recently read this gritty take on the Iliad. Another story with more violence against women than anyone could be comfortable with (see also, When the Apricots Bloom, above). The fact that it was a look at ancient history from female point of view got the group to talking about Madeline Miller's books. Specifically: Song of Achilles takes a different look at the Achilles/Patroclus relationship (they are romantic partners in the Miller book, only close friends in the Barker one). Circe is The Odyssey set on Circe's island, from her point of view. Both of these books are linked next.
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Kathy enjoyed this story of a young Nigerian's girl's ability to rise above a very rough start in life affirming. Kristin seconded this sentiment!
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Claudia revisited Treasure Island after having seen a a filmed stage production of the show at the National Theater. She found it very rewarding to it again with an adult perspective. A link to the stage production we discussed is linked next!
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Kristin said she really enjoyed the unique approach to life sciences on unexplored worlds and the way the author thought about how evolution might have worked on different planets, all against the backdrop of a group of explorers getting more and more distant from the Earth.
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Mike enjoyed learning about the Blue People of Kentucky and the WPA Packhorse Librarian program. We ended up having a lively discussion about both topics! And also discussed the other Packhorse Librarian book (linked next) that came out the same year, which created a bit of controversy.
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While this book has been shared at prior meetings, this wasn't quite Wendy's cup of tea. She has found other things to read this month and is really enjoys the social aspect of our meetings whether she reads a book she loves or not!
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Claudia shares that she is enjoying reading these tales of early 19th century sea-faring, especially the language. The title here is the first in the Aubrey/Maturin series.
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Kathy enjoyed this novel, set in Iraq in 2002. At its heart, it's about friendships and protecting family. CW: There are some difficult scenes of violence against women.
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...this title has a tiny scene that overlaps with News of the World. Mary loved the poetic descriptions of the landscape of Texas and the characters.
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Mary read this book and wasn't ready for the book to be over, so she picked up another book by the same author...
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We started with a discussion about long hold lists. Particularly at issue were this title and the next one on the list. But Kathy had a copy of another book Claudia had been waiting for and now they are meeting IRL to exchange!
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