Peggy’s Book Club Reads

Censorship & Politics

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

 

Kristen: …one of those books you don’t appreciate when tasked with reading it in high school, but it takes on a whole new meaning when you read it as an adult.

Graphic Novel | Fantasy

Notes on a Case of Melancholia or A Little Death by Nicholas Gurewitch


Lisa:
The Grim Reaper’s child doesn’t want to follow in Dad’s footsteps. Listed as an NPR editor pick, this was a surprisingly charming story.

Graphic Novel | Native American | Folklore

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembricki

Lisa: This book was on my bookshelf when I started reading Crossing the Owl’s Bridge by Kim Bateman. I attended a lecture of Dr. Bateman’s at a writers conference where she spoke about using the trickster and humor in writing. It was a perfect compliment to her book.

Grief & Loss

Crossing the Owl’s Bridge by Kim Bateman, PH.D.

Lisa: Through folklore, Dr. Bateman explores the grief process humans share across cultures and time. Contemporary grief client vignettes make this a timely read.

The love we have in a relationship doesn’t die with the body. It helps us heal.

I read this book as SARS-CoV-2 was breaking out. Bracing myself for difficult times ahead.

 

History

Sister Queens by Julia Fox

 

Mary: A true accounting of the lives of the daughters of Ferdinand and Isabella. Taken from their personal letters, court records and historical documents. An interesting perspective on somewhat unknown but important historical figures.

 

The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe

 

 

 

 

Peggy: True, inspirational, funny stories. Easy read, great if you need short, interesting, individual stories. Seems like it would be a great book to give as a gift to anyone. I might buy a hard copy (got it from the library)just to pass around.

 

Historical Fiction

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor

 

Lisa: Inspired by true events surrounding a group of fourteen women who were emigrating to America from Lahardane in County Mayo, Ireland. Eleven from the group died in the Titanic tragedy.

Of all the passengers, this group represents the largest loss from a single region. http://addergoogle-titanic.com/

Mystery

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Windspear

 

Karen: Starts out around WWI time period and goes forward from there. Great details about young woman solving mysteries. There are fourteen books in this series!

 

Mystery | Detective

The Old Success by Martha Grimes

 

 

Mary read this book.

Nonfiction | Time Management

Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee

Lisa: Another timely topic – rethinking how we spend our time. Book Quotes: “In 1965 a Senate Subcommittee predicted that by the year 2000 Americans would work fourteen-hour work weeks. And take nearly two months of vacation time.

“Do not let corporate values determine how you spend your days and what your priorities are. You are a big-brained social animal currently constrained by unrealistic demands and expectations.”

Thriller

The Whistler by John Grisham

 

Kristen: Action-packed. Really enjoyed it!

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