Book Club: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The summer break is over and book club met once more. Our list for August (Gloria’s choices) was wonderful and when you read my monthly reviews you will see that I read all the other books on the list as well. The Portable Veblen (a strange title as I had no idea what in the […]

Book Club: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline has won multiple awards with her scads of novels (at least 28) and has been published all over the world. Her novels are good fodder for thriller television and fill series and she has been optioned on several. This new book, published 2017, is a complicated thriller about Chris Brennan, recently hired high […]

Book Club: The Nix by Nathan Hill

This book is popular! I though I put it on hold in plenty of time, but I was still on the waiting list when Connie mentioned it was a very long book. So I ordered it, last minute. This has been a reading month for me, with tons of library books suddenly available and the […]

Book Club Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Yep. A non-fiction. A memoir. And for me…a test of my love for my book club. I am actually not unhappy when someone picks a book I’m pretty sure I would never have read. This pushes my limits. A good thing. But this one wasn’t available for me in my […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This is not only our book club read for January, but Placer County has chosen it for our One Book One Community event. Colson Whitehead received the National Book Award for his book. The Underground Railroad is described as “a tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for […]

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond November Book Club

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond: A novel set against the Antarctic landscape, the story of researcher Deb Gardner, her relationship with Keller Sullivan, penguins and tourism. You are being cheated this month. I didn’t go to the book club meeting because it fell on my anniversary. So you only hear from me. Boring. Yep. […]

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde was actually our June book. We planned on meeting, but did not. So we just recently discussed the book. I have to admit, I didn’t read it. Too much time had passed, I was finishing my book, I was reading the actual October book, and I was […]

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

October book club choice, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill proved to be one of the liveliest discussions our group has had for a while. This usually happens when we disagree on a the star rating (remember 1-5). I LOVE it when this happens because the discussion takes us all kinds of places. Many […]

Book Club The Sympathizer by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen “The Sympathizer follows a nameless spy who has infiltrated the South Vietnamese army and flees with its remnants to America. His mission: report on their efforts to continue their lost war. As the aide to a general who refuses to admit defeat, he observes the struggles of the Vietnamese refugees […]

Euphoria by Lily King AND The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Euphoria is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in 1933 caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens theirs bonds, their careers, and ultimately their lives. English Anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe on the Sepik River in the Territory of New Guinea with little success. […]