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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 […]