“If you want to get laid, go to college.
If you want to get an education, go to the library.” -Frank Zappa
Our quote this month is from Frank Zappa and unless you are a baby boomer or music historian you probably don’t know who he is. Well he was an American rock musician and composer who had a band called The Mothers of Invention known for musical experimentation and interesting album covers. For me he was the last person I expected to find when I went looking for library and reading quotes.
Here’s our November list of recommended reading. All fiction this time which is really unusual for this group. We almost always have at least one non-fiction book. Our author, presented by Ellie, was Nora Ephron who was an essayist, playwright, blogger and novelist so I guess we had a non-fiction addition after all. So I give you our titles: some old, some new. All reviewed well except for Ape House which Ricky liked but didn’t love.
Behold a Pale Horse by Peter Tremayne (2011) 384 pages. A mystery of ancient Ireland (664 A.D.) featuring Sister Fidela of Cashel.
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke (2013) 384 pages. While investigating the video of a boy being saved in a subway from a racing train, journalist McKenna Jordan sees in the background a friend who has been missing for ten years.
Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987) 324 pages. Set after the American Civil War, this book concerns the story of Sethe and her daughter Denver after their escape from slavery. This won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason (2003) 336 pages. In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design.
Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (2013) 464 pages. A crime fiction novel by J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym. The mystery is okay but the characters are very interesting and I hope there will be future crimes for Comoran Strike to solve.
Ape House by Sara Gruen (2010) 320 pages. A quirky book about bonobos by the author of Like Water for Elephants.
Peace like a River by Leif Enger (2001) 311 pages. Through the voice of eleven-year-old Reuben, an asthmatic boy obsessed with cowboy stories, this novel tells of the family’s cross-country search for Reuben’s outlaw older brother, who has been controversially charged with murder.
The Turtle Catcher by Nicole Lea Helget (2009) 256 pages. Set in Minnesota, this fiction debut is about a love story with a heinous crime at its core.