This past winter BHML hosted another Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” reading group on the theme: Re-Imagining the American Family. The skilled facilitator and lively group missed just one meeting due to COVID-19 cancellations, and resumed to finish out the meetings online using Zoom.
“We’ve all enjoyed each others’ company, observations and comments. Wouldn’t it be interesting to draw from our individual experiences with books that we love?” ~ 2020 Let’s Talk About It Participant
Below find some of the titles the group recommended. We’re excited to share their recommendations to the wider BHML Community! Maybe you’ll find a new favorite.
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|Giants in the Earth
|Ole Edvart Rolvagg
|Norwegian immigrant family travel west by wagon to Dakota Territory. Hardships historically accurate.
|Canadian. Ninety year old woman struggles against being put in a nursing home.
|The Woman Who Walked into Doors
|A battered mother of 4 in working class Dublin.
|Beautiful and the Damned
|F. Scott Fitzgerald
|These are the first 10 that came to mind today. Probably would have a different list on another day.
|The Return of the Native
|War and Peace
|First novel of the Paliser or Barchester Towers series
|The Cat’s Table
|or any of her books
|People of the Book
|Nickel and Dimed
|The Hidden Life of Trees
|All the Light We Cannot See
|Between the World and Me
|My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
|or any of his books or short stories
|crazy making but fascinating
|The Sociopath Next Door
|it explains so much, especially in today’s world
|Ahhh, Mr. King, this one is the best.
|House of Light
|“Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life!” from The Summer Day
|The Cat Who Went to Paris
|guilty pleasure, read years ago and it was just what I needed so it makes my list but not for literary genius
|A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
|Again, right book at the right time
|Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
|This is my favorite movie of all time, too.
|Kent Family Chronicles and The North and South Trilogy
|Throwback to high school reading for pleasure
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn