August 4, 2011
The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar; Twenty-Thirty by Albert Brooks; The Room by Emma Donoghue; anything by Michael Connolly; Life by Keith Richards (an unbelievable book -- it took me a year before I could find the guys to read it) Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlant is one I've ordered and can't wait to read it -- it's the story of the devastation of being the main caretaker of a parent with Alzheimer's. I love fiction, especially legal thrillers and books that make you think. I've just finished "The Garden of the Beasts" the true story of the U.S. Ambassador and his family in Berlin during the rise of Hitler (I've lent it out and for the life of me, can't remember the name of the author) but it's a fascinating and compelling book.
I see that you're doing Harry Bernstein's book "The Invisible Wall" in September -- he also has 2 other books that are available -- and one that follows both he and Rose after they move to the U.S. That's a fascinating story. I'd love to see a discussion about Albert Brooks' book "Twenty Thirty" -- was an interesting concept and a great read. I didn't believe I'd enjoy it as much as I did.
Mondays and Wednesdays are fine.
My name is Barbara Wright and I'm new to Chapel Hill -- I just moved here from Albemarle, N. C. I've been active in book clubs in both Albemarle and Atlanta and they are food for my soul. A wonderful book in my hands is love pure and simple.
Loved it. So many diverse opinions and each one as interesting and intriguing as the next. The only "negative" (for me, anyway, because I'm 72 and don't hear all that well) was that most women are using the same voice level they use with their family. That is a large room and you need to project in order to be heard by everyone. I would suggest that as part of the opening remarks, everyone is encouraged to "use their "OUTSIDE" voice. I wrote the above review at least a year ago and it still holds true. It's difficult for me to hear (I'm now 74) in that very large room. I don't think I'll be able to attend the next book club discussion. Good luck in the future!