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It's decision time! Our book club retreat was scheduled for this past weekend and like so many events in Washington state, it was cancelled. Take a look at the books I've been collecting in preparation for this event.
Each member of our book club gets to recommend three titles. And then we vote! I have decision paralysis every year. But I have to select three to put on our google doc with a recommendation of two to three sentences. I haven't read any of these books! But I want to read all of them. (I have adhered to the recommendation that we should have read a book we recommend once or twice during our more than 20 years together. I'm not a fan or rereading, unless it's Gift from the Sea.)
Here's a list of the book titles by stack:
Stack 1: Nonfiction and Memoir (one of my favorite genres)
The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss (shouldn't we read a book about suffrage during this 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment?)
Hill Women by Cassie Chambers (recommended by Linda Baie)
In the Country of Women by Susan Straight
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends by Amy Silverstein
Stack 2: Fiction
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (recommended by a favorite bookseller at Island Books)
Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen (recommended on What Should I Read Next? podcast)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Stack 3: More Fiction (books I own, but haven't read yet)
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (I think I took this one last year.)
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Americanah by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie
I am indecisive. Every time I consider the books, I come up with three different choices. And that's because I want to read all of them.
Here are the three books I picked this morning, (with two or three sentences I've plucked from book jackets or reviews):
Hill Women - "Chambers tells the stories of the women in the mountains of Kentucky who nurtured her, as well as her own journey to become a fierce defender of Appalachian women. This is a book that teaches us about service and gratitude, family and the tenuousness of belonging, and the power of education, loyalty, and home." - Steven Stoll, author of Ramp Hollow
Meet Me at the Museum - "A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again." - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry (which our book club read last year) And it's an epistolary novel!
Rules for Visiting - "A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel about a woman who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year . . . Ultimately May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story - and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting."
And one more! The title that didn't arrive before the library closed.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson - "Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books . . . Cussy Mary is an indomitable
and valiant heroine, and through her true-blue eyes, 1930s Kentucky
comes to vivid and often harrowing life." - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters
Help me! Do you see a title that you've read and would recommend?