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On March 6 I led a book group at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The book under discussion then was Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl (2016.) That March gathering has since morphed into a “virtual book group” by way of a monthly newsletter I send out. (See the Contact page for details.)
New on My Reading List:
Two to add to the our national conversation on immigration and race:
Little Fires Everywhere a novel, Celeste Ng, 2017:
The Far Away Brothers, non-fiction, Lauren Markham, 2017:
An account of the Flores brothers, identical twins, who grew up in rural El Salvador. The Minneapolis Star Tribune call it, “An important book.”
One about Isreal-Palistine:
Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a novel, Nathan Englander, 2017:
Englander’s second novel is a “sweeping new narrative of spies and idealism and love.” (Read it Forward.)
What You’ve Been Reading:
Avid reader, Lori Dietrich (who’s been devouring recommended books) comments on Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol (recommended by book publicist, Mary Bisbee Beek). And adds: The Inseparables by Stuart Nadler.
For those who like spy thrillers, book group leader, Sharon Smith writes in about The Rembrandt Affair, by Daniel Silva.
Writer Anne Semmes sends word that she has just read Mary Dearborn’s “massively researched biography of Hemingway,” Ernest Hemingway: A Biography, 2017. She is now reading Three Stones Make a Wall by Professor Eric Cline.
From writer, Linda Morel: “two wonderful books”: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson and The House By The Lake: One House, Five Families, and One Hundred Years of German History by Thomas Harding.
Friend and oft Op Ed contributor, Jon Kahane writes: “Just finished Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson.”
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