A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit: A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review

This is the Lakeview Book Club Review of A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit.

 
In spite of the seasonal craziness, daily pressures and weeks of heavy rain, five of us came to discuss A Paradise Build in Hell by Rebecca Solnit!
 
We just launched in and barely took a breath talking about parts that really impressed us. By the time we looked up we had gone over our time! We all agreed that we REALLY liked this book. The only criticism is that it had so much detail and analysis that it slowed the reading down so that the reader had to really think about the concepts. Another member thought that the detail and the analysis was the best part. Not everyone finished this title, but they might finish it. Several of the group tabbed passages that were excellently written and inspiring, with many, many post-it papers!
 
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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2015

There are some tempting books coming out in March. Here are ten of them!

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Got Vegetables?

It's planting time!

Are you interested in growing your own food? Or maybe you've been growing your own fruit and vegetables for years. Whether you're a novice or experienced gardener, OPL has new gardening books to help you create and cultivate your garden. From growing to harvesting to juicing and cooking, there's something for everyone.

If you need seeds to start your garden, don't forget to stop by the Chavez and Dimond branches and check out their seed libraries.

The Mix and Match Guide to Companion Planting    

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Salute Your Shorts

Machine of death : a collection of stories about people who know how they will die . And also other creepy, creepy shorts.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to dig in to a nice long juicy book, like The Goldfinch or maybe some hardcore economics like Capital in the Twenty-first Century, but find that your life keeps getting in the way? Might I introduce you to a genre known as the Short Story (remember those)? They're not just for 8th grade English. This time, I'll just tell you about the existential, thought-provoking, and slightly horrifying stories, I wanted to include Dorothy Parker, that lady is sassy, but I think she deserves her own post. 

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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd: A Lakeview Book Club Review

The Mermaid Chair, the second novel by Sue Monk Kidd, explores the life of a woman returning to an island off South Carolina and the decisions she must make.

What an entertaining discussion of The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd this month!

Eight of us had a wide range of reactions to this book. More of us found this selection not to our taste. There was at least one of us who really liked this book. All of us found intriguing elements and some characters or plot devices we really liked. Almost unanimously we found the sex elements of the seduction of the monk to be of a bodice-ripping nature and humorously so. A few skipped that part entirely. Some literally groaned at those sections of the book..

 

One of us thought some of her plot machinations to be similar to Ann Patchett, intricate, interwoven, filled with some suspense and somewhat believable events. Some of the descriptions our group used about this book were, "light, poorly written, titillating, contrived, annoying characters, shocking regarding the finger cutting, "nature held its own" and "like a 10 cent book from a flea market."

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2015

Hungry for some fresh fiction? Here are 10 fantastic novels coming out this month.

 

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It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

If you'd like to read about Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 check out these books.

You may have recently seen the the movie Selma highlighting the civil rights campaign, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to ensure equal voting rights for African Americans. If you'd like to learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the people involved, the books listed below are a great place to start.

All summaries are from the publisher's description.

Bending Toward Justice    

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The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: A Lakeview Book Club Review

These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!

Hello Everyone,
 
The meeting was really interesting. our discussion leader had much to share with us, including a portrait of Garibaldi, the leader of the "Risorgimento," the civil war between supporters of monarchy and aristocracy and their opponents, who wanted democracy and a unified Italy. The reorganization was completed in the 1860s with a constitutional monarch at the helm of an united Italy. Garibaldi was a very colorful character. We might read a good biography about him later.
 
The novel, The Leopard, was published posthumously in 1958. It took three years for author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to write it and it was rejected several times before it was finally published. Every faction or class depicted in this novel hated Tomasi's interpretation of them and

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