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Ms. Alexis very much enjoyed Educated by Tara Westover. It reminded her of The Glass Castle. It's a memoir of a woman who grew up off the grid, not going to school and being raised by a radical Mormon separatist father. She ended up getting her PHD after starting public school at the age of 17.
My Absolute Darling by
The only book Ms. Bunbury managed to get through this summer was My Absolute Darling by American author Gabriel Tallent. She says "I couldn't put it down, despite the fact that it is disturbing and shocking. Tallent's use of verbs is rich and beautiful, so the writing is as gorgeous as the story is troubling."
The Break by
Ms G. also read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
The Things They Carried by
Ms. Manara's most recent novel read is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. It's about the author's experiences as a soldier during Vietnam. The chapter where Tim, as a recent university grad gets his draft notice and has to decide between going to war or fleeing to Canada is devastating. She read it the weekend before school began and bawled through most of it--good times!!!
Seriously, Ms. Manara highly recommends it.
China Rich Girlfriend by
While Mr. Nevison read a few intellectually-stimulating books and a number of useful texts (for example, “The Lean Start Up” — a great entrepreneurial treatise), in truth the most memorable book of the summer was “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan. Yes, he was inspired to read this book after watching the movie Crazy Rich Asians! (The film is based on the book of the same name, the first book in a trilogy, and CRG is book number two… oh, and by the way, Hollywood has already optioned the sequel.) Put simply, it was a perfect summer page-turner. Light-hearted and fun, easy to digest and colourful, it made for great beach reading!
Ms. Boyarski read Artemis by Andy Weir (author of The Martian), and absolutely loved it! A story about a slacker female delivery girl who lives/works on the moon. She smuggles in illegal contraband - such as zippo lighters, to make money on the side. She is approached by a very wealthy business man who offers to pay her a million slugs (currency on the moon) to help him monopolize on the oxygen supply that runs the lunar colony. Loved it! Easy read, relatable characters. Some offensive language. She read the second novel in Game of Thrones series and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Ms. Boyarski is currently reading The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson. Steampunk-style automats (AI/robots dolls) are fighting a war against each other to survive as their life source/resource is depleting. One of the automats enlists the help of a human, female protagonist who studies artifacts and discovers she holds the key to their survival. Not sure what is yet to come....
The Red and the Black by
Mr. Chaddock had the pleasure of reading The Red and the Black by Stendhal this summer. It was one of the funniest novels he has ever read, and a biting commentary on French society in 1830, with complex characters that seemed truly alive and real, sometimes painfully so. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann was another highlight. The epic story of the eponymous German family over four generations, it was hilarious, haunting, and features a character who is killed by the philosophy of noted sourpuss Arthur Schopenhauer. What more could you want from a book?
The "Vera" series by Ann Cleeves, detective mysteries set in the north of England. The TV series "Vera", scene on PBS and Knowledge network are based on these books. Ann Cleeves has written another series, the Shetland series, which are equally as good.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by
Ms.Marsh joined a summer reading club. The books she read wereThe Heaviness of Things that Float by Jennifer Manuel, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, On the Burning Edge by Kyle Dickman, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Ms Marsh's favourites were The Handmaid's Tale, Indian Horse, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Red Notice by
Red Notice about Putin and Russia was an enlightening and insightful look into political realities.
Ms. Noack also enjoyed Woman in The Window, a psychological thriller about a Brooklyn therapist who is losing her mind.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by
Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable character—Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the earth—in this magical novel about the power of talent to change our lives. In Mitch Albom's epic new novel, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, Frankie Presto, a Spanish war orphan raised by a blind music teacher. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six magical strings. But Frankie's talent is touched by the gods, and it weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll. Along the way, Frankie influences many artists: he translates for Django Reinhardt, advises Little Richard, backs up Elvis Presley, and counsels Hank Williams. Frankie elevates to a rock star himself, yet his gift becomes his burden, as he realizes that he can actually affect people's futures: his guitar strings turn blue whenever a life is altered. Overwhelmed by life, loss, and this power, he disappears for years, only to reemerge in a spectacular and mysterious farewell. With its Forrest Gump–like journey through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers an unforgettable story. "Everyone joins a band in this life," he observes, be it through music, family, friends, or lovers. And those connections change the world.
The Night Circus by
Ms. Brown's two favourites this summer were The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - fun, spooky reads...
Miles Davis Biography: the man was whacked! Fabulous history of jazz also Homo Sapiens: Fabulous paradigm shift for Mr. Fortin around human development...still reading it...devour slowly or head explodes!
All the Light We Cannot See by
Ms. Lindahl read Disgrace, which was quite unsettling and brought up some interesting parallels with contemporary race/ gender issues. All the Light We Cannot See, was beautiful and compelling. The Road, she said, was very interesting stylistically and left her crying her eyes out on the Oregon coast lol. All of which, she checked out from our library!
The Only Kayak by
Ms. McClarty also read The Raven's Gift by Jon Turk, Natural Acts by David Quammen, and Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson.
The Snowman by
Ms. Workman read the Harry Hole series by Swedish writer Jo Nesbo. All nine of them. The Snowman is probably the most recognizable as there was a movie made just recently.