Another Turn of the Page: September in October

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” -author Anna Quindlen

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With our traveling this month I almost forgot my monthly book group offering. I attended the September meeting one day before we left for China so that might explain my delinquency. Here are the covers, scroll down for my brief comments. October selections will be posted in two weeks.

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Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003) 371 pages. This author was profiled by one of our members this month so naturally this title was at the top of her list.  With a background of Afghanistan this is the story of the friendship of a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. It was made into a movie that followed the book well.

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry (2013) 320 pages. The subtitle says it all, “an untold story of American Nurses and Medics behind Nazi Lines”. recommended.

The Spy who Loved by Clare Mulley  (2013) 448 pages. Another nonfiction selection, this time the story of Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of World War II.

Manhunt by Janet Evanovich (2005) 256 pages.  And Hero at Large and Smitten. Pete loves Evanovich and when he finished all of the Stephanie Plum books he started on the early novels. Mostly romantic comedies and he says they are all good and have her typical humor.

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’ Farrell (2013) 304 pages. This was a new author to all of us. But O’ Farrell has five other novels under her belt and two have won awards. This one is about a family in crisis set during the British heatwave of 1976. We all wondered where this author was hiding.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (1997) 293 pages.  The author tells of his personal ascent of Mt. Everest in 1996. Even though he hadn’t slept in 57 hours and was suffering from oxygen depletion he still had to descend with bad weather looming.

Suspect by Robert Crais (2013) 320 pages. The latest from a very well known suspense author. Our reviewer loved this one but said all Crais’ work is not created equal. She tried another and it wasn’t as good. So pick and choose carefully.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011) 656 pages. Forget the movie, read the book. Steve Jobs story is fascinating. Not really a very likeable guy but a guy who created extremely desirable products.

Riffles and Back Eddies by Donald Larmouth (2013) 173 pages.  A local author, a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin, Green bay shares this collection of stories about fishing and fishermen. Drawn from the journals that he has kept t/out a lifetime of fishing on the lakes, rivers, & streams of Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan. Surprisingly entertaining for even non-fishermen.

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan (2006) 304 pages. An Arab boy and a Jewish girl forge a rare friendship which is tested over a thirty-five year span.  A truly human story in the midst of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Jewelweed by David Rhodes (2013) 448 pages.The author takes us back to Words, Wisconsin, the town in his novel Driftless (2008) but now fifteen years later. Once again wonderful development of characters that you will love. A beautiful painting of rural America.

So there you have it, another eclectic collection of books.

Our next post: Chinese Food

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