August Book Club Recommendations

We had a great discussion yesterday at book club. Here is a run down of what we read and what we thought.


Swamplandia! By Karen Russel
The book is from the perspective of the youngest daughter, Ava Bigtree, and how her family copes with loss of their mother and the subsequent decline of their little Aligator Farm. It has a little bit of supernatural and adventure to it which was really what I like it about it [the farther you read the more intense and supernatural it gets!]. 3/5 Stars

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

It’s the story about the 33 Chilean miners – best book I have ever read!!!
The Nobel Prize winning author spent time interviewing the miners and their families before writing the book. He covers the accident, the miners individually and collectively, the starvation, the families, the equipment, the conflicts…the mistresses…5/5 Stars

Defending Jacob by William Landay

This came highly recommended by several friends. It’s about a district attorney investigating a murder that his son ends up being accused for. The book did a good job of showing how quickly a family falls into disgrace. You find out who the real murderer is…but there is also another twist at the end…4/5 Stars

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

It’s about an elderly woman who lives in Texas by and forms a friendship with a young African American woman, Dorrie, who is her hair stylist. Isabelle (who is in her 90’s) asks Dorrie to drive her across country to attend a funeral, but won’t tell her whose funeral they are driving to. Dorrie eventually finds out that Isabelle was in love with an African American boy when she was young, living in a “sundown town” in the 1930’s. The flashbacks keep the book moving. It is a good reminder of how far we’ve come with civil rights in America…and how far we still have to go. 4/5 Stars
Bonus: The Art or Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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Happy Reading!



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