Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nene Reads Book Club

I summarize every book club read in one sentence and read it out at the meeting.

We did two book clubs this month because October's was postponed. The First book we read was The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney: "A murdered trapper is found in his cabin, and two dozen people take off into the Canadian wilderness in winter searching for lost relatives, murder suspects, other searchers, dead bodies, and a new home."

You may think that 2 dozen is an underestimate, but trust me, it isn't. The book was pretty good and the characters well-drawn, although there is a lot that is left out and at the end, it pretty much just stops and you don't really know what happens to most of the characters. And who the h@#$ is Half-Man, anyway?!?

The second book was Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout: "Thirteen stories of people living lives of quiet desperation in Maine."

Olive Kitteridge was well-written, but I had a hard time getting over the fact that it is really a bummer and Olive is not an especially likeable person (although she does have her moments). And it felt a bit voyeuristic at times.

January is my month to pick a book. I have 3 or 4 possibilities, what shall I torture them with next, hmmm. . .

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