“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
I have to quick put this post together before another Book Group meeting happens and then I will be two behind. I won’t be able to attend the next meeting as I will be traveling to Berlin, Germany but the group is keeping a list and will expect a posting once I return. September was packed we had some “vintage” authors ( Joseph Heller and Patrick McManus) some tried and true writers (Shreve, Flagg and Grisham) and some interesting non-fiction ( David Grann, Robert Fieseler). Yes, the usual eclectic mix. The next few months will be full of new reading before we lose a bunch of members to the siren song of warmer climates. But the reading never stops. So when I return…if I do…(frankly I wonder if a week will be enough to clear my head of the craziness we call our government)…I will have food stories and a new pile of books.
1.The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (1997) 256 pages. A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational ax murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder.
2. The Gray Ghost by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell , Fargo Adventures #10, (2018) 400 pages. In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever.
3. Something Happened by Joseph Heller (1974) 569 pages. This is Joseph Heller’s first book after CATCH-22, it explores one man’s view of what has happened to the American dream.
4. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (2017) 309 pages. A novel about Christina Olson who later becomes the inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World”.
5. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Change Our World by Andrea Barnet (2018) 528 pages. This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today.
6. Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe (2017) 416 pages. This book follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year at South High School in Denver, Colorado,
7. Sycamore Row by John Grisham (2013) 447 pages. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will in which he leaves his entire fortune to his Black maid.
8. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (2017) 338 pages. About corruption in Oklahoma and the start of the FBI, focusing on their first really big case involving the serial killings of Osage Indians in the 1920s. A true story of greed and murder.
9. All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg (2013) 347 pages. Wisconsin, 1941. With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn to run a gas station, from fixing flats to driving the tow truck. They add their own touches, too: neat little caps, short skirts and roller skates, and the All-Girl Filling Station is born. But soon skilled women are needed to fly planes for the war effort.
10. Ten Years Gone by Jonathon Dunsky (2017) 310 pages. Set in Israel, Adam Lapid, a Private Investigator, is drawn into a story which revolves around finding a missing child that was “given away” by his mother during the Holocaust, in order to spare his life. Now, ten years later, the biological mother has hired Lapid to find her son.
11. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton, James Patterson (2018) 513 pages. James Patterson has entered into his most interesting collaboration yet, taking second chair to former American president Bill Clinton in a story that is highly political and action packed from the opening paragraph through to the epilogue’s lingering final sentence. -Goodreads
12. Rubber Legs and White Tale-Hairs by Patrick F. McManus (1987) 198 pages. McManus is the author of novels, plays, and more than a dozen collections of his humor columns from Outdoor Life and other magazines. This is one of those collections featuring some interesting characters and situations.
13. Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna (2018) 304 pages. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires Alice Vega, a tough bounty hunter whose specialty is finding missing children. She teams up with former cop turned private detective, Max Caplan.
14. Tinderbox: The Untold Story of Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler (2018) 384 pages. The author chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016.