May 15, 2013

April 2013

In April we celebrated World Book Night by giving out free copies of The Language of Flowers to Safe Harbor and other deserving recipients.  Our rousing discussion covered everything from soup to nuts:

Various titles on the philosophy of baking bread
Four Water Salt Yeast - Ken Forkish
The Bread Baker's Apprentice -  Peter Reinhart
Tartine Bread
Poilane Bread
No Knead Bread by Jim Lahey
Homeland - Cory Doctorow
Boing Boing
Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
Invented Religions - Carole Cusack
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Coolidge - Amity Shlaes
Mask of the Illuminati - Robert Anton Wilson
Kill Decision - Daniel Suarez
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
Short Stories by Alice Munroe
Short Stories by Eudora Welty
Lives of the Great Composers - Harold Schonberg
Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy
The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult
Arcardia - Lauren Goff
The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
The Story of Lucy Gault - William Trevor
Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
Farewell, Dorothy Parker - Ellen Meister
Empire Settings - David Schmahmann
Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
Fall of Giants - Ken Follet
Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
Going Clear - Lawrence Wright
Dianetics - L. Ron Hubbard
Embracing Coincidence - Carol Lynn Pearson

From our sister group in OK:

Lawton Book Bunch

March 14, 2013


Blackwell, Andrew: Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places

Carson, Benjamin: America the Beautiful

Chang, Jung: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Dahl, Roald: The Witches

Ford, Ford Maddox: Parade’s End and The Good Soldier

Frey, James: Bright Shiny Morning

Horowitz, Alexandra: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

Kimmell, James: Trial of Fallen Angels

Olsson, Linda: The Memory of Love

Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Socieity

Wibberly, Leonard: The Mouse that Roared



Short Stories and Essays

Dillard, Annie: “The Chase” from An American Childhood.

Orwell, George: “Shooting an Elephant




Call the Midwife. Pt. 2

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin

NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years (Four part series)  
From Mary Lou in MD:
Booknotes April 2013
Leonie Swann, Three Bags Full (2005). This is a peculiar and amusing mystery written from the point of view of a herd of sheep. Their shepherd George turns up dead under mysterious circumstances near a Druid rock. The sheep are nicely differentiated and include Miss Maple, “the cleverest sheep,” Mopple the whale who eats constantly and remembers everything, Othello the black 4-horned ram with a mysterious past in the circus, and Sir Richfield, the aging and wise lead ram. George read to his flock daily, mostly mystery novels, so these are well educated sheep who undertake to solve the mystery of his death. Their understanding of human behavior is limited, peculiar, and amusing but their noses for the bad guys are quite reliable.
Ann Rinaldi, The Secret of Sarah Revere (1995). This novel is for young adults. Sarah is the teenage daughter of the famous Paul Revere and narrates this story of the events from the Boston Tea Party to the beginnings of the American Revolution. The characters both real and imagined include British and Colonial figures, as well as the whole multigenerational Revere family of strong personalities. Tension is provided by conflicts within the family as well as the historical events, Paul Revere’s role in them, and the family’s concern for his safety. We are kept guessing for a long while as to what precisely is Sarah’s “secret.” This novel has plenty to hold the interest of the adult reader.
Thank you and see you next time!

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