Books @ Noon -- December 2023 Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 2:05 pm

Last Updated December 29, 2023, 2:51 pm

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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Mike recommends this translation of Gogol's satire, in which he explores avarice and greed in a story about a con man who buys dead serfs to use as collateral on a property loan.
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Virginia recommends this biographical story of the author's mother, who helped her bright daughter get the education and advantages she did not have and saw them grow apart as a result.
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Leslie D. read this classic because OSF is putting on a production of the story in the 2024 season. She's curious to see how it will be done on stage.
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Mary thought this novel about love and lonely, broken people, set in post WWI Australia, was very well done.
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Mary read the book this movie was based on, and others in the group recommended the film as well.
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Rad had just picked this book up, but said that is starts very dynamically, with a house fire, and the strong possibility that it was set so that the secret the victim had discovered would not come to light.
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Claudia didn't like this book very much, feeling that the domestic lives of the female main character did not resonate with her. That character had performed the role of Emily in Our Town, and there are echoes of that story in the ordinary lives presented in the book.
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Leslie W. recommends reading Anne Lamott when you need to be hopeful. The book made her laugh and cry and cut through to honest emotion with humor and irreverence.
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Cindy read and recommends this book on how our current society has moved us away from thinking deeply and toward a more scattered, distracted way of living. She says that the books covers a lot of territory, but when the author seems to wander from the subject he wanders purposefully.
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Ellie enjoyed this (mostly) nonfiction book about the misadventures of a rare-book seller at a shop in London.
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Bill is reading this historical work, as well as a short biography of Napoleon and The Fall of Robespierre.
12) these thousand hills
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Virginia recommends this book, which follows a family through 300 years of logging and clear-cutting across continents, with the modern characters faced with the destruction their ancestors caused.
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Mary says that anything from this writer is worth reading. He tells interesting stories that also give the reader a window into how we learn about history and whose stories are being told.
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Claudia thought that these short stories were good, and especially noted one about teens playing basketball.
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