Still More Books Worth Talking About

Here is another mixed batch of literary food for thought, and for discussion.

The Condition, by Jennifer Haigh
The McKotch family unravels during the summer of 1976 when 13-year-old Gwen is diagnosed with Turner’s syndrome, leaving her forever trapped in the body of a child. Twenty years later, the three siblings are still dealing with the fallout.

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
A wise and engrossing treatise on what to eat and how to relate to food.

Beginner’s Greek, by James Collins
Peter Russell’s in love with a dream girl he met on a plane, lost track of and finds again – married to his best friend. It will take a lightning bolt to change his life.

I See You Everywhere, by Julia Glass
The intertwined lives and complex bond of two sisters unfolds over a 25-year period, beginning when Louisa (the older, responsible sister) and Clem (the younger, more daring one) are in their twenties in the 1980s.

The Other, by David Guterson
Contemplation, or action: which is better? Coming of age in 1970s Seattle, two friends from different social strata take equally divergent paths towards leading an authentic life.

The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman
Master storyteller Hoffman weaves together the stories of three women in London at different points in their lives.

A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
The story of a mother and daughter and the personal costs of slavery are told from multiple points of view in this novel set at the end of the 17th century.

Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in stories, retired seventh-grade math teacher and lifelong Maine resident Olive Kitteridge is a unique heroine.

The Breakthrough, by Gwen Ifill
Journalist Ifill analyzes the role of race in the 2008 presidential election and the breakthrough generation of African American politicians.

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