I'm beginning "Readit choices part three" with a story. The first meeting planned in 2004 for a new book discussion group was scheduled at noon and people were invited to bring their lunch. Only one person showed up. It was Sandi Beals and with her was a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. I was stunned. I did not know anyone besides me who ate that combination. We were instant buddies and she became a cornerstone of our READit group.
So here's Sandi's favorite book from her last six months of reading. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt has a subtitle: How the World Became Modern. The author explores how the discovery of a hidden poem by Lucretius 600 years ago stirred up dangerous ideas and fueled the Renaissance. It's not a casual read but one that will fascinate most who try it.
Linda Appleby picked an imaginative historical novel. 1,000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. It takes place in 1875 when women seeking a new life were transported to the west by the U.S. government in order to become Cheyenne brides in a trade for horses. Whether you believe it or not, the details present an interesting portrait of that time.
Mary Allison really liked The Innocent by David Baldacci. A stone cold hit man is dispatched to eliminate a target, but he can't shake the feeling that something is wrong and he refuses to complete his assignment thus becoming the target himself. In his escape flight he encounters a 14 year old girl also running from danger and a whole new scenario begins.
Nancy Reuter chose a classic when her interest in China led her to read The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it is the saga of a peasant couple who toil among famine and hardships to turn their family's lives around. Published in 1931 and set in pre-revolutionary China of the 1920s, it is a timeless story that is considered a masterpiece.
Last is my recommendation. The World as We Know It by Joseph Monninger starts when two young brothers decide to skate from their New England home to Canada. Their journey ends when they find a girl who has fallen through the ice in an attempt to rescue her dog. So begins a lifelong relationship that contains a full range of exciting experiences and strong emotions.
And since we are reaching the end of June, I will also include a reminder that the library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. It's hard to believe that we're at summer's midpoint, but there's still plenty of time for hot weather reading. Stop in and browse our shelves!