August 15, 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 Less by Andrew Sean Greer, rated 3 stars.  It was a fun fluffy read.

Billie read Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent.  A woman on Roosevelt Island who met a man and he cooks her dinner once a week.  Good food reading, rated a 4.

Paul read Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.  Written by Hans Rosling, he is a Swedish doctor who has spent time in 3rd world countries and is famous for this book.  Bill Gates has made it available for free download to college students.  He has also created a graph about life expectancy. Check out his website.   Rated 4.5, relatively fast read.

Tom read A Chill in The Air by Iris Origo.  Iris Origo is well know for her book, War in Val’d’Orcia, another war diary.  She is a wealthy American married to an Italian.  They purchased a farm in Tuscany in the 1920’s and hid refugees during WWII.  Rated 4.0

Mimi read Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent.  A British novel, where a woman and her son move to  Essex after her husband has died.   Rated 4.5

Kjersti read So Lucky by Nicola Griffith.  A novel about a woman with MS. Rated 4

Karen read The Pope who Would be King.

Although Pope Pius IX ruled for thirty-two years, beginning in 1846, the book focuses on the two years of his exile from Rome. Disguised, he fled in the middle of the night when the citizens turned against him realizing he had no intention of moving towards a modern, secular republic. He returned, revengeful and entrenched in his belief in papal infallibility and the absolute authority of the Catholic church over most aspects of daily life. He fought tooth and nail for every last shred of power and relevancy, but the new world finally birthed due to actions of other countries and the desire of the Roman citizens. He was the last pope-­king.

Rating: 3.75 This is not a book for the lay reader. I am a lay reader and at times was burdened by so much information. Also, I looked forward to understanding more about the “emergence of modern Europe,” but this was only addressed in the Epilogue.

Kathleen read There There, about urban Indians going to a Pow Wow.  Each chapter is a different story.   Rated 4.5

Pam completed finished a book she put down for book bingo.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Michael Eric Dyson Rating: 4.8

Written in the structural form of a sermon, this powerful book is a series of essays about
the state of race in America, to help white Americans understand difficult truths about
being black in America, and whites’ part in the racial divide. It includes a chapter with
practical suggestions on how the reader can make things better, both through actions as
well as reading to become better educated about black history and culture. He offers an
extensive reading list and comments.
Tony Morrison noted: “Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several
areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for
moral redemption. A work to relish.” I would add, a book sorely needed for the times we
live in.
Dyson is a University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and an ordained
minister. He’s also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and
contributes to several other publications. He’s the author of 19 books.

Tim read When the English Fall by David Williams.  Not his favorite book.  If we had a major solar flare it would disrupt our society but it would not upset the Amish society. Can a peaceful and non violent society work when the world falls apart?  Gave it a 4





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