Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

I’ve been a book club junkie for about 50 years. First (and still) it was Great Books and during the last 25 years added modern fiction discussion groups of to my life.

When my babies were born,  it seemed I was only interested in reading non-fiction. In looking back, I think my world suddenly changed so drastically that I needed to keep in touch with what was happening beyond the diapers. There was no 24-hour news cycle then on TV. TV seemed to be saying, “Are you in or out? –Of the real world that is.” I so craved to be –as always— part of the real world that I nixxed the 24-hour soapscycle and grabbed non-fiction books instead. (more…)

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OK, I am a fiction reader for the most part.  And I am somewhat behind the times in my reading, as most of what I read is directed at children. Probably because I am a school library media specialist in an elementary school.  But the best book I recently read in terms of adult fiction is THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett.  I couldn’t put it down, especially since I lived through the 60s and the civil rights movement. In fact, when I went to a book discussion about it, I was fascinated to listen to some of my friends who grew up in Texas talk about the similarities to their childhood.

My next favorite, also not new, is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  Fascinating.  I didn’t know anything about the German occupation of the isle of Guernsey during World War II.  I am planning on reading all about it.  And I love epistolary novels.  I really like how you can get character development and plot through letters.  In some ways it reminded me of a book I was very fond of many years ago – A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey.  Also an epistolary novel and wonderful character development. (more…)

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T. S. Eliot may have called April “the cruellest month,” but I’m not finding it so.  In fact, I’m looking forward to two train rides, a motor trip, and the plane that will take me home to Philadelphia from San Francisco.  All in April.  Each five to six hours long.  And while the destinations:  San Luis Obispo; Ashland, OR; and Philly are all happily anticipated, it’s the five- or six-hour chunks of time that really beckon.  I find time spent traveling in a confined space as conducive to enjoying books as curling up in an easy chair by a fire.  Occasionally looking out of windows is the only beckoning distraction. (more…)

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