Issue 2017 – 12
Book Share & Review Group
Six folk gathered for the most recent Book Share & Review Group. Here are the books that were shared (with one exception, all of them are currently on the shelf at the Downieville Library):
The Black Door, by Richard Aldrich & Rory Cormac: subtitled “Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers”, the book explores the relationship between successive prime ministers and the British intelligence services, from the late 19th century to modern times.
The Trouble with Tom, by Eunice Banks: this work of fiction by a local author is set in a retirement community in the Sierra foothills. When a band of wild turkeys takes up residence in the community, led by a “rogue” male, the senior citizens must decide how to deal with the increasingly annoying situation.
The Spy, by Paul Coelho: this fictional account of the life of the woman known as Mata Hari is the result of in-depth research by the author into the accused spy’s life. The book is told from her viewpoint, and raises the possibility that she was not truly guilty of the crimes for which she was executed.
Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich: in this “Between-the-Numbers” mystery (it would be #14.5), the author once again relies upon her protagonist, the lingerie buyer-turned-bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. The story this times involves camping in the Pine Barrens, a possible sighting of the Jersey Devil, and the mysterious Diesel.
Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863, by Shelby Foote: culled from the author’s three-volume narrative of the Civil War, the book recreates the three-day battle and the events that preceded it. Exacting detail is given, not only to the battle itself, but also to the people who were involved.
No Is Not Enough, by Naomi Klein: this best-selling author, who is an acclaimed journalist and activist, has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies”. She brings this expertise to the current U.S. president, and lays out, as it says in the book’s introduction, “…if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future”.
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Eric Larson: the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900 did so at a time when the U.S. Weather Bureau was in its younger days and, seemingly, was more interested in establishing its own fiefdom than with the accuracy of its forecasts. Isaac Cline was the chief meteorologist in Galveston, and the book follows the role he played in the storm’s destruction.
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel: winner of the 2009 Man-Booker Prize, this historical novel is the first in a trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, and his rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. The book, set in the period from 1500 to 1535, focuses around the attempt of the king to rid himself of his wife, Catherine of Aragorn, so that he can marry Anne Boleyn.
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny: this book, the 13th in the Armand Gamache series, is again set in the fictional village of Three Pine, in Quebec, Canada. Gamache, with his team from the Surete of Quebec, is battling the drug trade that is threatening to destroy not only the lives of the people in the village he loves so much, but all those throughout the province.
Three Weeks with My Brother, by Nicholas Sparks: in 2003, the author and his brother set off on a three-week trip around the globe. Set against the panorama of the exotic places they visited, the brothers recall their childhood adventures and discover startling truths about love, loss, and hope. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Book Share & Review Group will take a break through the upcoming holidays, and will meet again on Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library.
Fall & Winter Reading
We have come to that time of the year when sitting in front of the fire with a good book is looking better and better. We here at the library encourage you to step away from the computer, turn off the television, and sit down with a book (which you have, hopefully, checked out of the library) for a few hours of cozy enlightenment. We will be glad to help you find a book to serve as your companion; just drop by to visit us on Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, or on Thursdays, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. You will find us in the basement of the Native Daughters’ Hall on Commercial Street in Downieville.