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Last year, I facilitated a book discussion group at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. That event morphed into a “virtual book group” by way of a monthly newsletter I send out. (See the Contact page for details.)
This year on Monday March 12 at 7:00 p.m, I will lead a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed.
Our Reading List:
Two Novels New in 2018:
Winter, by Ali Smith, published in January and already garnering rave reviews.
And eagerly anticipated, The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, coming in April.
Other 2018 Books Creating Buzz:
Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, by Jake Bernstein. Never was the phrase “follow the money” more apt than in this nonfiction book about the international financial system and its tradition of shielding its clients.
The Line Becomes A River, Francisco Cantú, subtitled Dispatches from the Border. This book by a former border patrolman tells of those whose job it is to police the border and of those who risk and lose their lives trying to cross it.
Sharp, The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, Michelle Dean. About Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm. Need I say more?
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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