What are you reading?

Texas

looking for a new book. Anybody read anything great lately?


Dave

Any Human Heart (2004) and Love is Blind (his most recent) by Scottish writer William Boyd.


snowmom

Just finished Washington BlackVery good book, much to discuss in book club.


The Soulful Mr T

"We Were The Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates. 

I'm enjoying it but it's so dense. Takes me as long to read 5 pages as 20 in any other book. Oates takes multiple paragraphs, dense with words, to describe a thought, an emotion, a memory, a room. For the first time in a long while, I probably won't have it finished by it's library due date.

It's also extraordinarily sad. An otherwise healthy and happy family finds itself helplessly unprepared and unable to cope with tragedy - and is totally undone. (At least that what it's about two-thirds through it.)


Robert

from Bob Roe:   Just read Go Set a Watchman.  Like opening a time capsule.   Scout is the hero.  


bettyd

I'm now reading Varina, by Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain.  It's a historical novel about Jefferson Davis's wife, the Civil War, and its aftermath.  It is the First Lady of the Confederacy confronting her past.  I'm about half way through and can't wait to get back into it tonight.


Sweetsnuggles

I’m reading Becoming and am enjoying it immensely! 


galileo

bettyd and sweetsnuggles - I too enjoyed Varina and Becoming. Love historical novels and also Michelle Obama has a great story to tell. I really learned a lot from both books. If you want another good read try Where the Crawdads Sing which still stays on the top of the N Y Times book list. It is beautifully written. I have to applaud the Maplewood Library. They make all these books so accessible with their system.


Sweetsnuggles
galileo said:
bettyd and sweetsnuggles - I too enjoyed Varina and Becoming. Love historical novels and also Michelle Obama has a great story to tell. I really learned a lot from both books. If you want another good read try Where the Crawdads Sing which still stays on the top of the N Y Times book list. It is beautifully written. I have to applaud the Maplewood Library. They make all these books so accessible with their system.

 Thank you! 


mjc

It's not new, and i didn't expect it to be that interesting, but i loved Sonia Sotomayor's memoir, My Beloved World.  So much that i didn't know, and yet so much that was familiar....  Now, i'm doubly glad she's on the Court.


jeffl

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett.  Really enjoying it.  


mjc

Bel Canto ++, and if you like Anne Patchett, also Commonwealth and others.


galileo

Anne Patchett is so special. Her books are wonderful and I think Bel Canto is the very best.


Sweetsnuggles
The_Soulful_Mr_T said:
"We Were The Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates. 
I'm enjoying it but it's so dense. Takes me as long to read 5 pages as 20 in any other book. Oates takes multiple paragraphs, dense with words, to describe a thought, an emotion, a memory, a room. For the first time in a long while, I probably won't have it finished by it's library due date.
It's also extraordinarily sad. An otherwise healthy and happy family finds itself helplessly unprepared and unable to cope with tragedy - and is totally undone. (At least that what it's about two-thirds through it.)

 “You Must Remember This” is amazing, but also brutal. 


The Soulful Mr T
Sweetsnuggles said:
 “You Must Remember This” is amazing, but also brutal. 

 Not sure i can deal with another brutal novel of human cruelty and despair. But, um, thanks.


boomie

Just finished Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance (compelling read), the 4 Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante (obsessed with these) Bad Blood - John Carryrou (the one about Elizabeth Holmes, holy crap) -A Little Life - Yanagihara  (finally finished this tomb and it is depressing but beautifully written which is my sweet spot)  and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson which had me so so mad about our justice system.  I'd recommend all of them.




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