September 19, 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, Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City by Bradley Garrett.  It is the second book about exploration that Marla has read.  It is about places you should not go, sewers and bridges.  She rated it 4 stars.
  • Books read by Tim during  August and September 2018
    1.      Circe  by Madeline Miller               4.5/5
    “Circe” combines lively versions of familiar tales with a highly
    psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of the
    protagonist herself.  A fun read2.      The Song of Achilles  by Madeline Miller                4/5
    A very interesting retelling of the Achilles story from the point of view of
    Patroclus, his intimate and, in Miller’s version, his lover.

    3.      Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World  by Alice Roberts   5/5
    In Tamed the Author uncovers the deep history of ten familiar species with
    incredible wild pasts.  She reveals how becoming part of our world changed
    these animals and plants, and shows how they became our allies, essential to
    the survival and success of our own species.

    4.      The Oceans Between Stars by Kevin Emerson  4/5
    A YA book continues the adventures of two middle school age children who are
    trying to catch up with the remnant of human civilization that are on a many
    year journey to a new earth like planet in a distant star system.  I found the
    book enjoyable and now must wait for the next and final book in the Chronicle
    of the dark Star.
    .
    5.      1947:  WHERE NOW BEGINS  by Elisabeth Asbrink  translated by Fiona Graham
    4.5/5
    As Nancy Pearl has said about this book of non fiction the echoes of 1947 are
    resonating very, very clearly today.  It is a book that makes you think.

    6.      The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle  4/5
    This work of science fiction by a famous astronomer is very interesting and
    interspersed with real science.

  • Pam, read The Children Act Ian McEwan   Rating:  5A High Court judge presides over cases in the family division.  She is childless.  Her marriage of 37 years is in trouble.  The central tension in the story pivots between the case of a 16-year-old Jehovah’s Witness whose life depends on transfusions, which he and his family refuse on religious grounds, her ruling, and the resulting consequences; and the crisis in her marriage. Told from her point of view, in third person.  McEwan’s writing is brilliant, and the philosophical questions he raises, fascinating.
  • Kris read The Storm Arif Anwar.  A tale of interlocking lives centered in Bangladesh (although a significant part of the story takes place in the U.S.)  The storm of the title refers to a 1970 storm that killed 500,000 people overnight in Bangladesh. I knew almost nothing about Bangladesh, and now I know a little bit more.  The characters’ lives and connections are generally credible, but either I missed something or there is one loose end I would have liked the author to weave in.  I give it a 4.0.
  • Mimi read FEAR by Bob Woodward  Quick read, Mimi finished in 24 hours, it is depressing book about the toddler in the White House.  4.5 rating
  • Judas by Amos Oz is what Paul read. Two main threads, one is that Judas is the only person who gave up anything to follow Christ.  Nobody ever said thank you.  The second thread is a non present character who is the father of one of the characters.  The father is on the family committees and wanted to include the Palestinians in the committee but was kicked off for this view.  Rated a 5.
  • Deb read The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  She was cautiously hopeful that things would turn around for the main character.  Deb won’t share the ending.  Main character was in the foster system and later in life meets a woman who teaches her about flowers and their meanings.  That is the glue that holds the story together.   4.5 rating, Good story.
  • Karen read I Shot the Buddha, I Shot the Buddha by Colin CotterillThis is #11 in a series set in Laos in the late 1970s, featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, a retired surgeon, revolutionary, coroner and detective who is possessed by a powerful 1,000-year old shamanic spirit. He and his wife spend their time at her noodle shop on the Mekhong River when they are not solving mysteries with their friends.The mysteries are exotic as is this one—a monk asks Dr. Siri to help another monk escape to Thailand.  But the real treat is to spend time with Dr. Siri and his friends in Laos shortly after the 1975 communist takeover.

    Like spending time with Mma Precious Ramotswe of Botswana in Alexander McCall Smith’s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series or with Commissario Guido Brunetti in Donna Leon’s Venice.

  • Kathleen read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.  This is Madeline’s first novel.  It is narrated by Patroclus.  rated 5
  • Tom read Berlin, 550 page graphic novel by Jason Lutes.  Novel is about Germany in from 1928-1933.  It follows a relationship between a journalist and art student. Style is similar to Tin Tin.  rated 4.75
  • Shelagh read Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan, story from the perspective of native americans.  rated 4.8.  She liked the 3 dimensional aspect of it.
  • Catherine, read the Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons.  Set of short stories that are magical realism with humor.  4.5 rating
  • Maribeth has a partial report.  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan.  Story of a photographer from Seattle.  He tried to take photos of tribal life and the people before the way of life went away.   He spends a summer with President Roosevelt.  Good look at Seattle in the early part of the 1900’s when Seattle exploded.   Good bookend to tonights story.  no rating yet as she is still reading.
  • Billie read Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout.  She rated it 4.5.
  • Kjersti read the March trilogy and rated it a 5.
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