August 28, 2012
Mysteries for fun, quality literature for book club discussions, progressive politics for friends, travel books for info, Mexican literature for memories of San Miguel, historical fiction for insights.
I've been in a book club since 1995 and can't wait to find a new one near Apache Junction. It will be interesting to hear viewpoints from a new batch of (hopefully soon to be) friends.
To Kill a Mockingbird usually tops the lists of best book written in the US so far and I agree. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Story Teller by Mario Vargas Llosa, Them by Joyce Carol Oates (I grew up in Detroit)...and I used to reread The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov every summer for at least a dozen years. So many, I love most books. Janet Evanovich is a secret pleasure but I wouldn't want to bother discussing one of hers, there's nothing there but fun.
I just moved back to Apache Junction after 10 years in San Miguel de Allende, an art colony in central Mexico that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, because of breathing problems. I headed a book club in San Miguel and now hope to join you!
Six people attended and all had read the book, "Bel Canto." Everyone else liked the book middling or less, while I rate it nine out of ten, so we had a spirited discussion. The participants were well-informed, well-read, considerate of differing viewpoints, and had thought-out arguments for their views, so I found the meeting very good.