People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, was recommended to me at least a couple years ago, by Janna Rankin, a good friend who is always reading something GREAT. So why hadn’t I picked it up before now? Who knows….
But it IS July’s selection for the Teton Valley Women’s Book Club, and since we meet Monday, July 5th — right after the busy Independence Day weekend here, between Glenn Beck’s appearance at Huntsman Springs on July 3rd and Widespread Panic at the Spud Drive-In on July 4th — Janna and I might be the only ones there!
Over the weekend, I picked it up and it knocked Mary Queen of Scots by Margaret George right off the top of my reading pile.
People of the Book is *definitely* worth reading; thank you, once again, Janna! The story revolves around an actual medieval manuscript (the Sarajevo Haggadah). Brooks fills in the blanks about its five-century history and travels from Spain to Bosnia, exploring all through the eyes of a contemporary Australian researcher. Pick it up — you won’t be sorry!
At the June meeting, we chose the slate of books to finish off the year. The selections, authors, and the dates we’ll plan to meet are:
* August 2nd: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, by Jim DeFede (a look at what happened when all the planes coming from Europe that couldn’t land in the United States went to this airstrip);
* September 6th (that’s Labor Day, date might be changed): The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer (another Janna recommend, which I reviewed in May);
* October 4th: The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine (another book I’ve started but haven’t completed — comes highly recommended by book clubbers Isabelle Waddell and Kris Giger;
* November1st: Amagansett, by Mark Mills; one more recommend by Janna, a murder mystery centered around a group of well-established Long Island fishermen and their interactions with the “summer people” who come into their place (might hit a number of cultural chords for us here in Teton Valley, you think?)
and * December 6th: Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel, by Jeannette Walls, author of a previous book club choice (megaseller The Glass Castle), told in the voice of her grandmother.
Sounds like a wonderfully literary and entertaining lineup! See you there, Dark Horse Books, 7 p.m., the first Monday of the month.
Until then, happy reading.