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April 25th Meeting

We met last evening at Jack T’s house to discuss the April book ‘Ghettoside: The True Story of Murder in America’ by Jill Leovy. Jack and Barbara served Pulled Pork sliders, coleslaw, and baked french fry’s. It was great!

While several members were out ( 7 present ) we had a great discussion of the the book and the problems elicited in the book.  Most of us liked the book but were somewhat put off by the many characters and her writing style. It was pretty evident to all that this was her first book and she was trying to figure out the best way to tell the story and couldn’t settle on a consistent way to get her point across.

 

But, the best part of our discussion really centered on the problem of black on black crime and why it is such a problem and what the potential solutions are to the problem.  I think we all agreed that there is no single solution and it must come from many directions for a realistic, viable solution to be effective.  Money, more policing, a change in cultural values all have to come together to make a long term impact on this problem.

Damian pointed out, and I would certainly agree, that we would like to see a companion book from the author that now discusses the solutions to these issues from the social and political spectrum.

Rating 7.4

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Personal by LeeChilds

I would likpersonale to make this book our April selection led by me and also hosted at my home

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All the Light We Cannot See

18143977I just finished reading ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr.  This is a New York Times bestseller that has gotten a lot of press of late.  I found it to be a very well written book telling parallel stories of its characters in the run up to WWII and into the occupation and final end of the war.  Its main characters are very well developed and draw you into there lives and interactions.

The book paints a great picture of the nationalism and brain washing of the Hitler youth through one of the books main characters.  After reading the book you can almost understand what was to come.

My only trouble with the book is its pacing.  It took a long time to get through. Towards the end I found myself skimming.  Too bad because it is a solid work of historical fiction.

 

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Station Eleven

s11I picked up a copy of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel recently, and it was a book that was hard to put down. Its a post-apocalyptic novel that bounces back and forth between present day and the pandemic that changes the world. The characters are real and intricately interwoven, the writing is superb, and the issues raised will keep you thinking. I’ve read several post-apocalyptic novels in the past (think Cormac McCarthy) and Station Eleven has none of the bleakness and despair of the others.

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Boys in the Boat

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Great book ( from Paul )

I concur.  Just finished reading this book and would guarantee this will be turned into a movie.  Great book about the rowing team at the University of Washington and their quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  It felt very reminiscent of ‘Unbroken’.  Great character development and writing style.

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Stuart Woods

Anyone read his books. Any recommendation

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Gorky Park

gpInteresting book published 40+ yrs ago. You like Russian story this is it. Serial killer in Moscow

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Shadow of the Wind

sotwIn addition to the book for this months get together, I have ‘The Shadow of the Wind’, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon on my nightstand. It was a NY Times Bestseller that my wifes bookclub read last year. Currently half way through it and have found it to be very interesting. Might be a candidate for next year. I’ll update this when I finish and let you know.

Bob

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