This weeks Book Tasting . . . some fun, thoughtful reads for your book club.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, 2008. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named one of the best books of the year by a whole bunch of publications, Olive Kitteridge is the story (actually 13 integrated stories) of a retired school teacher in a small Maine town. The New Yorker says “Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.”
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, 2013. A socially inept, genetics professor sets out to find a wife (The Wife Project) in a scientific manner. Rosie is a beautiful and horribly disorganized woman on a quest to find her biological father. Rosie is not the logical choice for a wife, but “sometimes you don’t find love. It finds you.”
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The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore, 2013. “This diner in Plainview, Indiana is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Dubbed “The Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they’ve weathered life’s storms for over four decades and counseled one another through marriage and children, happiness and the blues.” – from the publisher.