List Your Favorite Books

I’d like to suggest Mitchell’s for the next meet up. What shall we bring?

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Sounds like he and his family are so talented I would just bring the equivalent fee of a swanky restaurant and let him do the work!

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Yay, I don’t have to bother a mod to revive this thread. I’m simply delighted with my current book The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. This is going to be fun, and well deserved after the last one, Trust Exercises by Susan Choi which was set in a special high school for the performing arts and is ostensibly about how girls process abuse. But it is told in three parts from three peoples points of view, the last of which I couldn’t figure out without looking up a review that explains it. That is too much work and sorry but high school is not an age group I much cotton to, especially not the those who live to perform (and may in fact always be performing, for all I can tell).

But the main character in The Woman Upstairs is one you will love right out of the gate. She says simply the most profound things that give you a little glimpse into this whole being gendered condition we share. All of you who teach, at home or otherwise, might like this especially those of you who on the other side of the gender divide from myself and sometimes chafe at society’s expectations. For some reason @beaglelady comes to mind as someone who might like this but also @Christy and @Laura. I wonder if any of your have read it already? It came out in 2013.

Interesting – thanks for the recommendation. Of course, I still have to read Once Upon a River, but I’ll add this one to my list of interests as well.

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Has anyone read “Cry, the Beloved Country” lately? I am thinking of bringing it out for my son to read it. (It has been a decade or so for me, but I enjoyed it.)

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That’s a good one. It’s been about a decade for me, too, but I remember it being very powerful. The movie was good too.

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I really appreciate getting these recommendations. I have time for lots of reading now.

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My two favorite classic books that I always go back and read again are The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Such good books that in my opinion all high school students should read in English classes.

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Just finished The Woman Upstairs last night. It starts out more hopeful than it finishes up. Not a total downer though. Gets a little edgy in places. Still the pages flew by.

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I’ve not read many novels. Still building a regular reading habit. But whenever asked for my favorite books, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm pops to my mind. Arundathi Roy’s Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a brilliant read. I’m a huge fan of most of Stephen King’s works and Mario Puzo’s Godfather.

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I was just reminded of this one by another conversation

An interesting take on time in heaven is in A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken in which he describes being on a walk, if I recall. He has agreed with Davy to meet her at a particular place and time, but runs into C.S. Lewis, his mentor and friend. They go to a pub together and they spend a couple of hours (beyond the scheduled meeting time with Davy), but when he leaves and goes to meet her, she is just arriving, on time, and has not been waiting.

It is about the death of his young wife, and again if I recall (it’s probably been almost forty years since I read it), she had become a Christian, but he not. It took her death for him to seek for and find God. An analogy that I sometimes use is that it may take a whack with a 2x4 ‘upside the head’ for God to get our attention, if we belong to him. Her death was said 2x4, and a severe mercy.

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Has anyone read Laurus ?It looks interesting. Looking forward to Jack which is Robinson’s new book. Something for my Christmas list.

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