Simply Books! February Meeting

Folks, really, these meetings just keep getting better and better!  Every month it’s more and more like a study group or a debate club, and in the best possible way.   We share ideas, debate points, and talk a lot about politics, philosophy, and society.  I think the name “Simply Books!” doesn’t quite suit us any longer–there’s nothing simple about our little group!  We need a name like the “Athenian Society” or “The Diogenes Club” or something.

Anyway, I digress.  This post is about our latest book list.  Find it after the jump!

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
An intricate novel that goes between the present and WWII London, all about family secrets and solving a family mystery.  The writing is evocative and well-paced, and there’s a great sense of suspense.

Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto
A novel made up of eight separate stories, each about women photographers.  Fascinating character development and truthful challenges as women’s roles in society evolve alongside the camera itself.

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
An historical novel about the early years of Harvard and two Native American students there.  The history was much stronger than the style and characters in this book.

The Little Bride by Anne Solomon
A mail-order Russian bride goes to South Dakota in
the late 19th century.  Strong writing, great style.

The Island by Aldous Huxley
Set on a small Pacific island where for many years a Utopian society has been flourishing…until the outside world begins to seep in. A beautiful story about the meaning of community and humanity, and empathy.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Quote of the Day: “Why did I put myself through this?!”  It’s an
interesting premise and has a unique sort of style, but the relationships aren’t explored
or developed enough.  The best parts were the chapters from the dog’s point of view.

The Family Heart by Robb Forman Dew
This honest, complicated memoir is about what the author and her
family went through and had to deal with after one of their adult sons came out as gay.

Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
“It won’t win any literary prizes, but it’s enjoyable!”  A story full of little victories and wonderful anecdotes,
all about the power of community.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm.  Hope to see you there!

–Marie

P.S.
Careful in the blizzard, New England friends!

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