The Books And Brown Bags lunch club is now off for the summer of 2015, but they’ve left a number of book recommendations to tide us over until their return in the fall.
To begin, The Children Of Men by P.D. James (1992). “The Children of Men is a departure from P.D. James’ usual detective novels. Set in the future in 2027, it’s been 18 years since the last baby in the whole world was born. In the resulting chaotic world a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.”
Next, The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015): “The Buried Giant, on the other hand, is set in the past. The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years. They face many strange and otherworldly hazards.”
Or how about something more fact-based? “Also discussed was Sara Gruen’s At The Water’s Edge (2015). At The Water’s Edge is a love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands. The reader felt that World War II was better handled in a book that she had read earlier, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (2008), a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. She recommended the library’s copy of the audio book for this novel. Continuing the World War II theme, another reader suggested The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel (2007).
“Finally, detective fiction was reviewed with accolades for Donna Leon’s Blood From A Stone (2005). Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s internationally bestselling crime series, is back, in a novel that combines an ingenious plot with an alluring portrait of contemporary Venice. Previously we had discussed a most unusual detective series featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, who has been appointed national coroner of Laos. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled the Communist takeover. The first novel of this series is The Coroner’s Lunch, by Colin Cotterill (2004).”
All these Adult Fiction novels are in our Lennoxville Library. Happy reading!
– June 18, 2015