Simply Books! April Meeting

I’m sorry to say I had to miss this month’s meeting of Simply Books!  I am made even sorrier by the fact that it seems as though it was a dynamic meeting with a few new faces!  Many many thanks to Mary Ann, who took wonderful notes in my stead and made this blog post possible.

Get the list after the jump!

After looking this list over, I’m even more disappointed that I missed the discussion.  I mean, the one meeting I miss is the one where someone read Atlas Shrugged?!   That must have generated some great conversation.

I love how eclectic our Simply Books! lists end up being.  This month, as ever, it’s a great mix of novels, biography, and nonfiction.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
A novel about a boy who loses his mother and the importance of storytelling.  Set during WWII, David escapes into the world of books trying to find his mother.

The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
Biography of a man brought up in a logging family in the Pacific Northwest.  Also an ecologist.  Gives a lot of history of the area.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
A novel set in an oppressive dystopia that can’t deal with society, and the protagonists are type A personalities, the drivers of society.  Good ideas about interaction with people, and the themes of individualism and the power of the
person.

A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams  by Gioia Diliberto
Focuses on the early life and education of Jane Addams, founder of Hull House–a place for women immigrants  that tried to help them with basic living skills, education, and socialization.  Run by women who didn’t want the conventional lifestyle of the time.  A focus on Addams’ desire to do something important, and avoid the spiritual death of women of the time–smart women being held back.

The Jack Aubrey series by Patrick O’Brian (“Master and Commander”)
Set around 1800, focusing on a spy for the British who captains a boat which travels to various outposts.
Contains lots of nautical information.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
A novel about three generations of women, relationships, and family secrets.  A thoroughly okay book.  Mosey, the youngest protagonist, who is searching for the truth of her past, totally saves this novel–her voice is perfect, she’s fun and believable, and she’s by far the best drawn character.  Without her it wouldn’t be nearly as good.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th at 2pm in the Jean Picker Room.  Hope to see you there!

–Marie

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