June 20, 2018: “Read & Tell”

Phinney Books, 7:30pm – Each person can talk about a book they have read during the past month and rate it from 0 to 5. Zero – “I really disliked it.” Five – “Best book I have recently read!”

Marla read Lawn Boy Jonathan Enison he creates excellent characters Rating 5
Tim1. Chemistry by Weike Wang 4.5/5
Wry, unique, touching tale of the limits of parental and partnership pressure as Student tries to deal with her life before, during and after her quest for a PhD in Chemistry.

2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov 5/5
A landmark of science fiction’s “Golden Age,” Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy is composed of the novels Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, It is set in the far future, Foundation envisions a Galactic Empire that has thrived for 12,000 years, but whose decline into an age of barbarism lasting some thirty millennia is imminent–if the predictions of renegade psycho-historian Hari Seldon are accurate. Hoping to shorten the interval of this impending new Dark Age, Seldon convinces the Empire’s Commission of Public Safety to allow him to create a Foundation on which the future Empire will be erected.

Pam read The Overstory by Richard Powers.  About 9 characters that are woven together.  He has done a tremendous amount of research on trees.  History of eco activist of 1970 & 80’s.   Cerebral book, give it a 5.
Kjersti is still reading The Woman Who Would be King by Kara Cooney.  Great informatio about Egypt but difficult writing style so gives it a 2.75
Lilly read Barbarian Days.
Mimi, The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story by Janet Gleeson.  Book about porcelain, the technique was perfected by Chinese. Rated 4.5
Billie read Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, a L.A. times journalist.  She covered North Korea and she wrote about their journey into the famine.  Not a long read but informative. 5 rating
Jon is reading Ron Chernow’s Hamilton, he has a gift for making the time come alive.  4.5
Paul read, Fascism A Warning by Madeleine Albright.  She defines fascism and follows through with classic fascist leaders.  She points out that fascism was successful for a few years and solved problems.  Includes modern fascists along with Trump.  5
Kathleen read Circe by  Madeleine Miller  The daughter of Helios, the sun god.  She was banned.   She is a wise woman who knows a lot about herbs and magic and is a monster. She gave it a 5.
Shelagh also read Circe.  She likes books that tell the story of a woman who was overlooked in history.  Great read, fleshing out of Circe. 5 rating as well
Jennifer read Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk set in 1942 small farming town.   Coming of age story involving prejudice and sociopath.  Many functional strong family relationships within the story dealing with characters who inject the dysfunction.  5
Catherine, her first ridge readers, is reading Orange World by Karen Russell in the New Yorker, where a woman makes a deal with the devil while she is pregnant.   Vampires in the Lemon Grove, reminds her of this article. gets 5 out of 5
Maribeth read All the Light We cannot See, set in Nazi occupied France during WW2.
Karen read the novel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.  She follows 4 generations of Koreans starting in Korea in the 20th century to Japan.  Loved reading it because the characters are so flushed out.    Suffer immense cruelty and prejudice but are a loyal family who stay true to each other.  History has failed us but no matter.

 

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