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Jul 2022: The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel  by Christy Lefteri  Fiction suggested by Shirley From Amazon – This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an […]

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Aug 2022: Tangled Up in Blue

Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City by Rosa Brooks Non-Fiction suggested by Janice Rosa Brooks, academic liberal, journalist and Georgetown law professor interested in the relationship of law and violence, becomes a part-time armed reserve police officer in DC’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods. From Amazon – Journalist and law professor Rosa Brooks […]

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Sep 2022: The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Fiction suggested by Lynnie Thomas is a night watchman at a factory near the Turtle Mountain Reservation and a Chippewa Council member dealing with a 1953 US Congress threatening the rights of Native Americans to their land and to their identity. From Amazon – Based on the extraordinary life […]

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Oct 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer Non-Fiction suggested by Romie An indigenous scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation shows us that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. from Amazon […]

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Nov 2022: Sufism and The Light of the Heart (2 books)

(1) Sufism: The Journey of the Lovers by Nahid Angha PhD, and(2) The Light of the Heart: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Sufism by Halima JoAnn Haymaker Non-Fiction suggested by Joann We can read these as a set – two short books on Sufism recommended by Joann. The first “Sufism: The Journey […]

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Dec 2022: The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See Fiction suggested by Janet Spanning decades on the Korean island of Jeju, two girls work with their village’s all-female diving collective, a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. From Amazon – about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja […]

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Jan 2023: The Daughter of Time 

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey Fiction suggested by Romie Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard investigates Richard III. Did he really kill his brother’s children to secure the crown for himself? Who killed the Little Princes? From Amazon – “One of the best mysteries of all time” (The New York Times)—Josephine Tey recreates one […]

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Feb 2023: Whole Earth

Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff Non-Fiction suggested by Sharon The definitive biography of iconic serial visionary Stewart Brand from the Merry Pranksters to the “Whole Earth Catalog” and environmental consciousness. From Amazon – Told by one of our greatest chroniclers of technology and society, the definitive biography of iconic […]

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Jun 2022: The Perfect Marriage

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose Fiction suggested by Zhenhua Gripping psychological suspense – Adam’s mistress is murdered and all evidence points to him. His attorney wife Sarah puts her anger aside to defend him. From an Amazon reviewer —  Sarah Morgan is a powerful defense attorney with an enviable life…until you take a closer look. […]

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May 2022: The Color of Law

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein Non-Fiction suggested by Sharon from Sharon – Great book with lots of local references. Very current topic. It’s a Palo Alto library city reads book. from Amazon – how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced […]