Book Clubbers Recommend….

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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Book Title Author Reader’s comments
Giants in the Earth Ole Edvart Rolvagg Norwegian immigrant family travel west by wagon to Dakota Territory. Hardships historically accurate.
Stone Angel Margaret Laurence Canadian.  Ninety year old woman struggles against being put in a nursing home.
The Woman Who Walked into Doors Roddy Doyle A battered mother of 4 in working class Dublin.
Beautiful and the Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
Germinal Emile Zola
King Lear Wm. Shakespeare These are the first 10 that came to mind today.  Probably would have a different list on another day.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy
Middlemarch George Elliot
The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
War and Peace Tolstoy
First novel of the Paliser or Barchester Towers  series Anthony Trollope
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
Dead Wake Erik Larson
Collapse Jared Diamond
The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje
Middlemarch George Eliot
Tortilla Curtain T.C, Boyle
Poisonwood Bible  Barbara Kingsoliver or any of her books
Home Marilyn Robinson
People of the Book  Geraldine Brooks
Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich
Americanah Ngozi Adichie,
The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman or any of his books or short stories
Catch 22 Joseph Heller crazy making but fascinating
The Sociopath Next Door Martha Stout it explains so much, especially in today’s world
Needful Things Stephen King Ahhh, Mr. King, this one is the best.
House of Light Mary Oliver “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 Peter Gethers 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 Michael Dorris Again, right book at the right time
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café Fannie Flagg This is my favorite movie of all time, too.
Kent Family Chronicles and The North and South Trilogy John Jakes Throwback to high school reading for pleasure
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith