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My book club just read "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean (2018). To a person the group thought the book mediocre at best but it has some redeeming qualities for the book obsessed. (I liked it a bit better than the rest of the group.) It's about the fire that destroyed the Central Public Library in Los Angeles on April 29, 1986. It also includes lots of interesting history of libraries in the US. The fire occurred on the same day as the nuclear accident at Chernobyl so it got minimal press coverage.
Great list, thanks for posting!
After an absence of three years, I have resuscitated this thread @jamie
Top of my summer to-read list….
I was about to Like your original post and then discovered I had Liked it 3 years ago! I am in some kind of time warp or is that just a bookish fantasy?
No, you are fine, Jamie and I are also fine. Cannot believe it’s been three years!
Probably the best book I read in the last year (and I read many books) is The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. I didn't expect it to be so great but he truly knows how to write.The characters are wonderful. It is fiction but I was surprised to learn that there really is a Lincoln Highway crossing the USA. A long book but you will want to finish it!
A book I read which tops my “best book I’ve read” list is George Saunders’ “Lincoln in the Bardo”. (Coincidence about the name Lincoln appearing in both our noteworthy books.) I will ever again walk past or visit a cemetery again without thinking about this book.
Your suggestion has been on my to-read Kindle list for awhile — and it is now next in line! Thanks.
George Saunders is a great author. I was zooming my son in H K recently and his book club was reading another Saunders book.
The dreadful murders of four college students in Idaho brought this unsolved 1966 Maplewood murder to mind…
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TWELVE RULES FOR THE BOOKISH LIFE
(Of course, the bookish life needs no rules.)
by Doug Sikkema
March 1 st 2019
Appears in Spring 2019
With gratitude for half a decade of service alongside the Commentteam, and in particular for the mentorship and friendship of Brian Dijkema and Jamie Smith, two of the most bookish men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. May your tribes increase!