Talking Books 2022
During this monthly book discussion group, we include a wide variety of books. Here are the titles we read in 2022.
Death by Darjeeling2001 by Childs, LauraGet this item
Following a tea shop owner in Charleston, South Carolina, this cozy mystery is fun, has a cast of likable characters, and is an education on tea! This book is a great choice for those who want a mystery that is upbeat while maintaining a strong sense of place.
Just as I Am: A Memoir2021 by Tyson, CicelyGet this item
Engaging and with plenty of sass, this memoir is definitely one to pick up if you haven't done so already (the audiobook is great!). In her signature style, Cicely Tyson holds nothing back and she goes into depth about so many things: her relationship with Miles Davis, the discrimination she faced, how she achieved and maintained excellence, etc. An incredible story of an incredible woman.
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel2018 by Benedict, MarieGet this item
Well-written and full of strong, likable characters, this book balances history and fiction perfectly. Though the romance between the main character and Andrew Carnegie is central to the story, the other themes (immigrant experience, war, etc.) are by no means secondary and are crucial to the book.
Possibilities2014 by Hancock, HerbieGet this item
Candid and full of warmth, Herbie Hancock holds nothing back in telling his incredible story. Though most of the book deals with the inner workings of music, Herbie brilliantly presents all of the precise details in a way that is accessible to anyone.
The Color of Air: A Novel2020 by Tsukiyama, GailGet this item
The importance of community and the healing power of generosity are the anchors for this beautifully written story. Gail Tsukiyama has a special ability to transport you to 1930's Hawai'i, almost as if you are a member of the Hilo community. If are looking for a story that provides a strong sense of place, this book has you covered.
The House in the Cerulean Sea2020 by Klune, TJGet this item
A quirky cast of characters and TJ Klune's wit truly stand out in this heartwarming story of celebrating differences and finding family. There is a thread of mystery that pulls everything together in a way that is wonderfully engaging.
Travels With George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy2021 by Philbrick, NathanielGet this item
History meets travelogue in this book by National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick. This thought-provoking book takes a close look into George Washington’s travels as president from 1789-1791 and offers some interesting and relevant insights.
The Friend2018 by Nunez, SigridGet this item
Fluid prose, a reflective tone, and a friendly great dane drive this thoughtful book about dealing with grief. Winner of the National Book Award in 2018, Sigrid Nunez shows how to put it all together within the form of literary fiction.
An Equal Music2015 by Seth, VikramGet this item
Classical music knowledge is not a prerequisite to fall fully into this story. Following the lives of two classical musicians, this book is elegant and emotional while showing the beautiful intersection that can exist between popular and literary fiction.
Mexican Gothic2020 by Moreno-Garcia, SilviaGet this item
Blending horror, mystery, history, and a bit of fantasy, this book is a wonderful example of modern gothic fiction. You will be transported directly to 1950's Mexico City, in the creepiest way possible.
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History2018 by O'Brien, KeithGet this item
This well-researched account of five brave women aviators is full of suspense, energy, and inspiration. Having gone through unpublished memoirs and countless archival information from different institutions, this may be one of the most vivid presentations of the role of women in early aviation.
The Authenticity Project2020 by Pooley, ClareGet this item
This feel-good story about human connections is not afraid to visit deep, hard-hitting issues. Strong characterization, witty dialogue, romance, multiple perspectives... this book has almost everything.
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