FSPL Reading List: December

At the beginning of each meeting, we start by sharing the books we are reading, below is a short list of what we do in our spare time.

Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo: “Before the Deluge…. if Seattle had half of the night life Berlin did, Mayor Nichols would have a heart attack! My word…”

Story of small town unable to adjust to economic changes, a story about ordinary people struggling to get by. On the first page of Bridge of Sighs, Russo dismisses any concern about provincialism: “Some people, upon learning how we’ve lived our lives, are unable to conceal their chagrin on our behalf, that our lives should be so limited, as if experience so geographically circumscribed could be neither rich nor satisfying.” 

Millionaire’s Row, Linda Johns:  “…I know it’s for kids, but it made me feel young and giddy.”

Hannah West (our own Nancy Drew) is back—living in the lap of luxury in a mansion on Millionaire’s Row in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Hannah investigates missing items in her neighborhood – what a nice alternative to the lemonade stand!   

No I Don’t Want To Join A Book Club, Virginia Ironside: “I argued with the author through the whole book! But I liked it.”

London journalist Ironside cuts right to it. On the cusp of 60, Marie starts journaling, and her 18 months of entries chronicle all life’s events with unique perspective and sensitivity.   

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde: “Literary detective, outrageous word play.”

Full of bizarre subplots, many of which don’t go anywhere, Fforde’s fifth novel to feature intrepid literary detective Thursday Next blends elements of mystery, campy science fiction and screwball fantasy. Part sci fi mystery, part Rip Van Winkle (in that sleeping away one’s future kinda way), part mean side kick – how will it end? 

The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate by Marjorie Williams (Author), Timothy Noah (Editor): “Very good essays on political figures and Washington DC culture. Beautifully written character sketches, very insightful.” 

Washington, D.C. is a city ruled by insiders, and few writers make it on the “inside.” Williams is a keen observer, reflecting honest, detailed profiles of the great and minor figures who have made D.C. for the past two decades. She eloquently reflects her subjects’ complexity and true internal struggle we all face. The book closes with her final essays on her lost battle with cancer – worth the read. Williams thoughts on death: “whatever happens to me now, I’ve earned the knowledge some people never gain, that my span is finite and I still have the chance to rise and rise to life’s generosity.”

Just click on the links in this post and it will take you to the SPL site to reserve your copies today!

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