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Mar 2021: Ribbons of Scarlet

Ribbons of Scarlet by Quinn Dray Kamoie Knight Perinot Webb Pataki Fiction suggested by Terry Currently reading a rather interestingly collated historical fiction of the French Revolution from the perspective of several women involved. More than six Historical Fiction women authors each researched the life of and then penned a first-person narrative of an actual, […]

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Apr 2021: The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars: A Novel by JoJo Moyes Fiction suggested by Patti From Patti  “very strong female character” “historical fiction about the women’s packhorse library service in backwoods Kentucky in the 1940s (part of the Public Works Program).” From Amazon – Based on a true story, these heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or […]

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May 2021: Real American

Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims Non-Fiction suggested by Romie from Romie – Julie Lythcott-Haims wrote “How To Raise an Adult”, taught at Stanford, and lives in Barron Park. I know her mother. Maybe she’d be willing to join us for discussion. from Amazon – A fearless memoir in which the author pulls no […]

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Jun 2021: The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton Fiction suggested by Barbara from Julian Fellowes on Wikipedia “Wharton has created an anti-heroine [who] has no values except ambition, greed and desire, and yet through the miracle of Wharton’s writing, you are on her side. That’s what’s so extraordinary about the book …” from Amazon – […]

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Jul 2021: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Non-Fiction suggested by Janet and Lisa We heard an interview with the author on NPR, and this book sounds like a very interesting discussion of racism and structural impediments.Goodreads says: ‘The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system […]

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Aug 2021: The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel by Abi Daré Fiction suggested by Patti From Patti  “very strong female character” “set in modern-day Nigeria, and it tells the story of a girl from a small, poverty-stricken village.  Her father sells her into an awful marriage because he needs money, but the marriage doesn’t last long; and she […]

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Sep 2021: Into the Magic Shop

Into the Magic Shop by Stanford Neurosurgeon James Doty  Memoir suggested by Romie Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford […]

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Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Non-fiction suggested by Janet From Amazon –We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude Jr., in a moment when the struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the election […]

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The Color of Law

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein Non-Fiction suggested by Sharon subtitled: “A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” (These “titles” are turning into book descriptions, and I don’t have enough room on the spreadsheets to include them so I’ve decided to enter the “full” title this way. Please let me know if […]

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East of Eden

East of Eden by John Steinbeck Fiction suggested by Verna from Amazon – Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and […]