Title Suggestions: Fall/Winter 2012-13

Read something that really knocked your socks off? Have a great title under discussion in you own book club? Make a recommendation for a book by a living author that you would like to have included in this discussion series. Give chapter and verse in a comment below (and don’t forget to tell us what’s great/interesting/important about your selection.)

  1. The Pitcher just released
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    The story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series pitcher who coaches him to make the highschool team. http://www.amazon.com/The-Pitcher-ebook/dp/B00DMOO3RM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

  2. Martha Vining says:

    ‘A North Country Life:Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife’
    by Sidney Lea

    Now nearing his 70th birthday, Vermont poet laureate Lea (A Hundred Himalayas: Essays on Life and Literature, 2012, etc.) meditates on the role of people and place in his life and pays tribute to the many woodsmen (and women) who were his guides and mentors.

  3. For those interested in the Civil War, may I suggest the following list. My recent book about my Civil War ancestor is Hiram’s Honor, number 16. See http://tinyurl.com/8254623

  4. Recently read Louise Penny’s latest…always fun reading her mysteries…not so much for the mystery as for the Inspector, his wife, French influence in Canada. Also read T.C. Boyle’s San Miguel. I just love how Boyle writes. I’m reading along, thinking I know what will happen next, it seems so obvious…and the man takes a totally unexpected direction every time. The best, well-written, thought provoking book jam-packed with history I know little about is Chris Bojahalan’s (spelling?) book on the Armenian genocide. Intense and well-done. Eagerly waiting for some new books that are coming out or have just come out; books by Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Erdrich, Ian McEwan…oh, so many books, so little time.

  5. Ellen Rocco says:

    Thanks to Jackie Sauter for sharing this:

    Lake Placid Institute’s ART BOOK CLUB fall’s readings:
    September 24th – Georgia O’Keefe by Kastelein (which is only available on ipad or Kindle)
    October 29th – Art Lover: A biography of Peggy Guggenheim by Anton Gill
    November 26th – A Clearing in the Distance by Rybcvynski (A book on the creation of Central Park)

  6. Leslie Anne King says:

    I just finished reading “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This is a very young author, 25 years old, who writes well and deeply. She lives in Ithaca, NY, was born in Belgrade. The book is set in an unnamed Balkan country in the present but with many excursions into the past, and into stories of the narrator’s grandfather. Wonderful to contemplate the use of story in the business of making sense of life, wonderful to look at the generational interaction. She explores the themes of death, secrets, myth, and others. Check it out!

  7. Ellen Rocco says:

    Here are the next two selections from the Potsdam AAUW Book Discussion Group:

    The book discussion group sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women will be discussing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot on July 11, 2012 at noon at the Potsdam Public Library. This riveting book, which has received extensive media attention, recounts the true story of an African-American woman whose cells, grown in culture, are still alive today even though she died in 1951. Her cells continue to contribute to and make possible a wide range of research and medical advances including the development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

    The book for discussion on August 8, 2012 will be “Never Say Die” by Susan Jacoby.

    For more information, please call AAUW Book Discussion Chair Pat Musante at the Potsdam Public Library, 315-265-7230. The public is invited and a brown bag lunch is encouraged.

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