I apologize for my tardiness. Yesterday we had our October book meeting and I haven’t yet posted September. I have to admit I have been a bit distracted. Health issues. Surprises. Upcoming surgery. Not something I wish to go into detail about right now, especially not in a post about books. I only mention it so you’ll give me grace for my lack of posts. More food, more art, more books will soon be coming your way.
September books were once again very diverse, from a man and a fish, to a street smart cat. Our author of the month was M.C. Beaton. Marion Chesney is in her 70’s and since 1979 has been writing detective novels. The “Agatha Raisin” series and the “Death of a …” series are the most popular.
Our round table discussion opened up with Pete. He’s our guy who finds an author and just reads everything they wrote. Baldacci is his current crush.
1. First Family by David Baldacci (2009) 449 pages. #4 in the King and Maxwell series. Another thriller involving two former FBI agents turned private investigators. All Pete could say was “Gee Wilikers! It was good!!” He actually said that.
2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952) 132 pages. This was our classic of the morning. A very small book that could have provided an hour of discussion. Written at a time when Hemingway’s career had begun to lag it ultimately led to the author’s receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954.
3. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt (2009) 270 pages. The sequel to the very popular Freakonomics. Smart thinking and great storytelling, a surprisingly entertaining book.
4. Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (2008) 304 pages. A novel about five women who, over the course of four decades, met every Wednesday at the park near their homes. They form a writer’s group and a bond through their love of literature.
5. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2014) 373 pages. Set in early 19th C. Charleston, this story is the 35 year journey of a plantation owner’s daughter and the slave that is given to her to be her handmaid.
6. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012) 426 pages.This novel follows a family and their connection to the land in the Pacific Northwest. A debut novel with some significant recognition.
7. A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen (2012) 279 pages. If you liked Dewey you’ll love this story of an unlikely friendship between a homeless man and the ginger cat who adopts him.
8. If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children by Greg Olsen (2014) 336 pages. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. Reviewed by Ellie, our lover of true crime.
9. The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer (1999) 305 pages. Strange but true. Hiding her identity, this woman lived in constant fear of being discovered.
10. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (2014) 436 pages. I think King just gets better and better. Retired cop, Bill Hodges, suddenly is contacted by the murderer from a cold case.
Here’s hoping you’ll find something in this mix to add to your pile of books.