Wearing her newly-crafted bra hat, Willie presided over a small gathering of bookworms this month. Despite having only 3 participants this month, our little discussion group has some great recommendations for your reading pleasure!
KARI recommended an interesting nonfiction selection; The Lost Piano of Siberia by Sophy Roberts. The blurb reads;
Siberia’s story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell.
Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos—grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, as well as humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the westernizing influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos traveled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. Siberian pianos have accomplished extraordinary feats, from the instrument that Maria Volkonsky, wife of an exiled Decembrist revolutionary, used to spread music east of the Urals, to those that brought reprieve to the Soviet Gulag. That these instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle.The Lost Pianos of Siberia is largely a story of music in this fascinating place, fol-lowing Roberts on a three-year adventure as she tracks a number of different instruments to find one whose history is definitively Siberian. Her journey reveals a desolate land inhabited by wild tigers and deeply shaped by its dark history, yet one that is also profoundly beautiful—and peppered with pianos.
CHRISTINE: Our most prolific bookworm more than made up for our small number this month; The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and A Letter of Mary both by Laurie R. King and part of the Russell and Holmes series. Christine’s next selection was Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles. A nonfiction selection Christine made was Silk Roads; A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan. For the mystery lover, Christine mentioned Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldie Schulz series. Lastly, Christine listed Michael Connelly’s Fair Warning.
PENI JO: Just finished The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, which Bertha Rose recommended last October and thoroughly enjoying it. Would also like to recommend The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, which a dear friend recommended to me several months ago.
So I hope you find something in this this month’s selections that perks your interest. Look for next month’s installment after April 12th!