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Favourite Books this Summer

Posted by helen 
Favourite Books this Summer
January 11, 2018 05:55PM
I have been reading a lot this summer and have these to recommend.

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
Britt Marie was Here - Fredrik Backman
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See

I am currently reading The Last Hours by Minette Walters and find it historically fascinating. Set at the time of the Black Plague.

Has anyone else got books to recommend?
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 11, 2018 09:29PM
I've just finished a remarkable novel that I bought on the strength of a review in the NY Times. It is "Stoner" by John Williams and I recommend it to anyone who likes good prose. Nothing to do with drugs ... I'll be interested in others' opinions.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2018 01:49AM by TPANDAV.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 12, 2018 12:09AM
Tpandav I read this a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 13, 2018 03:13AM
"The Lie of the Land" Amanda Craig
"My Sweet Revenge" Jane Fallon
Both easy summer reading
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 19, 2018 09:26PM
I have only just read Catherine Chidgey's 'The Wish Child.' Don't know why I've left it so long - it is excellent.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 27, 2018 02:11AM
I've requested 'Eleanor Oliphant is definitely fine' from my library and look forward to reading it.

A book I just finished and that left me feeling rather dispirited is a book by Barbara Ehrenreich called 'Nickel and Dimed'. She is an American journalist and about 20 years ago she decided to take on low-paid jobs to find out what it is like to survive on such wages. It was very difficult and it showed how hard it is to pay rent and buy food etc on those wages and that you can't do it without working two jobs. Rentals were often so expensive, even for run-down places, that many had to live in cars or rent a room in really awful motels. Looks like motel room renting seems to be a quite common thing. She started off at Key West and ended her research in the Mid-West. It was hard wherever she was. That was 20 years ago. The book has been re-issued and it's sad to read that nothing much has changed. The writer is a white American and she mentioned how much more difficult it is for African-Americans. She wrote that it is just plain wrong to blame the poor for being in poverty and that all they have to do is get off the couch and get a job. If you do not have strong family support, not much education and perhaps ill-health, you are basically stuffed and never get anywhere despite working your butt off. No wonder some people give up. By the way, the book was a required text at several US universities but at Duke University the Republican student group took out advertisements against the author, labelling her a Marxist communist. What a cop-out. Anyway, that research throws some light on the plight of the homeless here and how sad it is that we are following the American economic model so much. Thank goodness we have much better back-up systems in place and I would tip readily realising now the plight of the low wage earners. End of rant!
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 30, 2018 12:08AM
Chris, I loved NIckled and Dimed too although as you say it was depressing - but very eye-opening. My summer reading has been the book about Trump, Fire and Fury. It doesn't sound like summer reading I know but I was surprised at what a rattling good read it was.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
January 30, 2018 03:07AM
Carolyn, Fire & Fury is on the list (after I've read Eleanor Elephant), especially since I listed to Kim Hill's interview with the author on Radio NZ last Saturday.

Edited to Eleanor Oliphant. Spell check did its usual thing!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2018 06:31AM by Chris.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
February 02, 2018 09:06PM
I started The Dry by Jane Harper last night and am totally engrossed already.
Friends have given it high praise and I can see why.
Re: Favourite Books this Summer
February 09, 2018 04:45AM
If you haven't read The Dry then I would highly recommend it. I am now onto he sequel.
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