February Book Discussion

A small but eager group of Willie’s Women met this month to discuss books they’re currently reading and those they’ve enjoyed in the past. A variety of genres were discussed!

BERTHA ROSE has finished The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, her recommendation from last month. She is currently reading Barack Obama’s A Promised Land. Bertha Rose is very impressed with the respect President Obama has for his wife and daughters. She’s listening to the audiobook, which he narrates himself. Bertha Rose later mentioned a recent book about the Dionne Quintuplets, The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller.

CAROLE thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Obama’s Becoming.

CHRISTINE had several recommendations. She’s currently reading Reckless Abandon, #4 in Stuart Woods’ Holly Barker Series. She also just started Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, the author of A Gentleman In Moscow, which Christine recommended last month. Christine has also started reading a NEW series, Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett. This is Book 1 in the High Society Lady Detective series. Next, Christine treated us to a few passages from Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings. Lastly, Christine mentioned yet another series, Luanne Rice’s Hubbard’s Point/Black Hall Series Book 1, Firefly Beach.

PENI JO: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng was suggested to me by my sister Judy. A family deals with the drowning of their daughter, and the characters are well-developed but there are time shifts that sort of threw me off and the pace was a bit slow for my tastes. Redhead By The Side of the Road by Ann Tyler was my local book club’s selection for February. Well-written with very 3-dimensional characters. First mentioned to me by my English friend, Jenny. No Time Like the Future; An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox is Fox’s latest autobiographical publication. He describes his past 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease, and a back surgery that really affected his spirits. I’ve been a fan of his for years and it’s good to know despite the progression of the disease, he’s still witty and upbeat.

As always, click on the links for more information on each book. We meet again on Zoom March 8.

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