Simply Books! September 2012 Meeting

This past Saturday marked a momentous occasion in the history of the Simply Books! book group.  It was a feat that will most likely never be repeated, an occurrence met with gasps and exclamations from all involved.

We were done with the meeting in fifty-five minutes.

Once you’ve recovered from the shock, take a look at our first book list of the year under the jump.

As suggested by our ridiculously short meeting time, we only had three representatives from our band of regulars at Simply Books! this past weekend.  But, as ever, we wound up with an eclectic list and plenty to talk about, from American regional culture to small-town lives to sanitariums in the 1920’s to literary style to genetics.

Here’s the list.  If you click on the cover, you’ll be taken to the library catalog:

Calico Joe by John Grisham
A great summer read and a great study of a father/son
relationship.  Unlike Grisham’s usual.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra
A memoir from comedian Hendra about his religious experience
and his relationship with Father Joe, who was his rock.

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
A novel with echoes of “The Jungle Book,” told in a
very interesting literary style.

The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole by Stephanie Doyon
 A novel about small-town people and concerns.  Very character-centered and rather meandering, but a great read to just sort of amble through.

American Nations by Colin Woodard
A study of America’s regional cultures and their
history, and how these cultures influence our current political and cultural climate.

What a Plant Knows by Danile Chamovitz
All about the genetic “hows” of plants: how
they feel, smell, see, etc.  A fascinating look inside how plants work.

The World Below by Sue Miller
An introspective, intricate, rich and nuanced generational novel about a woman at a crossroads, and how her present is related to her family’s past.

A great start to what is bound to be another fun year of book group meetings!  Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th at 2pm in the Jean Picker Room.  For more information, please contact Marie at, or call 236-3440.



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