Book Club Forum

Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America

posted Oct 20, 2013, 4:35 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Oct 20, 2013, 4:35 PM ]

More book club members seemed more interested in the WPA books from different regions than this book about the actual writers.  The writing style jumped around a bit.  But everyone was eager to look at the Alaska WPA book Laren found at the Fairbanks library.  Thanks, Laren!  Now we will all go out and read more of these inspiring travel books.  And maybe even finish "Soul of a People" to learn more about the writers themselves. 

The Dog Stars Response . . .

posted Sep 29, 2013, 9:01 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Sep 29, 2013, 9:01 PM ]

For the most part Thumbs up . . . but some people questioned the credibility of this apocalyptic story.  Would everyone shoot everyone else to survive?  There was a difference of opinion around the table.  Would you kill your neighbor to survive?  This book was compared at times during the discussion to another post apocalyptic books such as "The Postman" by David Brin or "The Road" by Coramac McCarthy, but most everyone thought "Dog Stars" had a more uplifting ending; perhaps not happy, but not as depressing as "The Road."

Disapparation of James Response . . .

posted Jul 10, 2013, 6:19 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 6:23 PM ]

Thumbs up all aound!  Great story telling, interesting points of view, creative narrative style.  Similar to the style used in In the Lake of the Woods, but in this case it was more successful.  The character development was excellent and each person was easy to identify with.  Wonderful book!
Book quote: “Sometimes superheroes are born, sometimes they are made. Sometimes they make themselves. Sometimes all it takes is will.” 

Lamb Response . . .

posted Jul 4, 2013, 5:22 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jul 4, 2013, 5:25 PM ]

Three thumbs down, two thumbs up, one undecided.  Boyish silly humor and irreverence.  Some of the ideas were interesting but were overshadowed by the gross humor and sexual innuendo.  What do you think?

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff Quotes:

"I don't know if now, having lived and died the life of a man, I can write about little-boy love, but remembering it now, it seems the cleanest pain I've every known. Love without desire, or conditions, or limits—a pure and radiant glow in the heart that could make me giddy and sad and glorious all at once. Where does it go? Why, in all their experiments, did the Magi never try to capture the purity in a bottle? Perhaps it is lost to us when we become sexual creatures, and no magic can bring it back. Perhaps I only remember it because I spent so long trying to understand the love that Joshua felt for everyone" (p. 26).

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