Book Group 3
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We read novels, short stories and non-fiction. Members suggest a long list of titles and we make a final selection form this.
In the 2019-20 session the books read and discussed were:
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Steinbeck), MILKMAN (Burns), HOME FIRE (Shamsie), ALL THAT REMAINS (Black), BECOMING (Obama).
We enjoyed Steinbeck's classic, which had been selected as our summer read and still felt extremely relevant, as did Kamila Shamsie's retelling of the Antigone story in HOME FIRE. Anna Burn's book set in Northern Ireland was hard to get into the style to read though we could identify with the narrator. Sue Black's ALL THAT REMAINS seemed an interesting book to read but members found it hard to discuss, possibly as some of the issues were felt to be too personal. We liked Michelle Obama's autobiography but agreed her husband is the better writer.
Other titles selected but not discussed: A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler (our shortest read) as we did not have enough people able to attend; THE SILK ROADS by Peter Frankopan with which we were going to experiment with shared reading as it is a long dense but highly informative text, but Coronavirus 19 overtook our plans. We are not intending to carry it over to 2020-2021.