I honestly thought we weren’t going to have a single soul show up on Saturday afternoon. Not that I would have blamed them. It was warm and sunny, and felt more like July than the first day of June. Though it certainly would’ve been a first for Simply Books!–in two years, there hasn’t been a day when we’ve had no takers.
As it turned out, I was wrong. Four stalwart members showed up to chat about books and take a little break from the heat. Though our meeting did have the flavor of the last day of school. We all more or less gave teasers as to what we’d be reading over the summer, as we were all in the middle of or just beginning the books we shared.
Here are the books we talked about on Saturday:
Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio
A novel about a 19th century con artist, based on a true story. Looks like an engaging, rollicking sort of read.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
A look into a Mumbai slum by an investigative journalist. Seems to be enthralling style-wise, and the subject matter is
dire and affecting but also ultimately hopeful.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
A novel that was the reader’s new all-time favorite. A man goes to post a letter to a dying friend, but doesn’t stop
at the mailbox–he just keeps walking, determined to make it to her hospice. It’s an odyssey and a healing process, powerful.
Feed by Mira Grant (The Newsflesh Trilogy)
A conspiracy-laden political thriller with zombies. The characters are great, the ideas are fresh, and Grant’s take on the zombie uprising is smart and refreshing.
A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Quais Akbar Omar
A memoir about one family’s experience from the prosperity of pre-civil war Kabul, and then their flight from the city they knew. Another one to read over the summer, one that looks affectingand beautifully written.
Women Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings, and Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Brenda Knight
A fun and light read to end on, perfect for some summer reading! A fun collection of writing about women authors through the centuries, with biographical notes and sidebars about their work. A very neat little collection, with a
Enjoy your summers, everyone! Simply Books! will reconvene in September for regular meetings. Hope to see you then!