Books for Two

Our book group is growing! We reached out to a few friends to start building that sense of community around books so from now on we’ll be Books for Two or More! It’s still a no pressure book group and size doesn’t matter -we’ll be getting together once every two months to discuss our read.

Here were our Books for Two selections for October through December:

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

This book is a gem, we learned so much in just a few pages. I’ve had two encounters with Amari over the years: Amaro Nonino Quintessentia and Fernet-Branca. Amaro Nonino was an amazing experience…Fernet-Branca, not so much, at least for me, my husband loooooves it. My friend’s husband is from Argentina and drinks it with Coca-Cola…you’ll read about that in this book…and that’s how my husband got hooked. I’m excited to try other Amari and other Fernets; its a big wide world out there! And the recipes to make cocktails and even your own Amaro at home was wonderful!

Educated by Tara Westover

This book was remarkable; the author pulls you into her life. Born in Idaho to a survivalist Mormon family, her father is the head of the home and makes that known at every turn. Paranoid of the government and the medical establishment the children receive a “home-schooled education” and are expected to work for their father at a very young age. While Tara would sometimes help her mother, an herbalist and midwife, with oils and tinctures, she was also called out to the junkyard to help her father gather scrap. The work in the junkyard is the cause of multiple injuries to family members over the years with tonics and salves given by their mother that are shockingly inadequate. Tara also suffers at the hand of an abusive brother…but everything is the Lord’s way. As Tara looks to a life outside of her small world she seeks an education that, while makes her more complete, pulls her farther and farther away from family and home.

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Taking place within twenty-four hours, this book follows the beginning, middle, and end of the path of a donated heart. Three young men make their way to the beach, the waves calling their names, on their way home exhausted the driver falls asleep at the wheel. One doesn’t make it, his brain ceases to function, but his organs can still go on. The layers this book takes from the parents, to the surgeon, to the interns, and finally to the recipient was a tragic and beautiful journey of hope.

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Our book selection for January and February is An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks – A Peak Pick!

~posted by Kara P.

Books for Two

There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, and it’s going just fine.

Here were our book selections for April through June:

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

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Books for Two

There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, and it’s going just fine. Here were our book selections for January through March:

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

This book was in one word intense! A stubborn little seven year old has been left in the care of her Nana while her parents head north in search for gold and a better life. While it sounds set in the past it’s actually the future where the Big Damn Stupid has turned back the clock to a time without cell phones and computers; the elements, a small cabin, and your wits are all that’s left in a world continually scarred by the hand of nature and evil men. After a storm separates her and her Nana she meets Trapper and gets a new name: Elka. As the years quickly pass by Elka learns from Trapper how to survive, but everything is not what it seems. Once Elka discovers Trapper’s true nature she sets off to find her parents in the north, but Trapper isn’t too far behind and won’t let her go that easily. Before I give too much away there’s more characters and adventure, but it’s dark and twisted and wonderful; it’s a read you won’t regret spending your time on!

The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

The comets trace the story of Róisín and François crossing their paths until they come together. A story of connection, of love, of loss; when we find ourselves broken then remade. Two people will stitch each other back together across time and space. Chapters jump back and forth between past and present, but always when a comet is in the sky. Beautiful and magical; the only thing I struggled with was the lack of quotation marks when characters are talking, but that’s always been hard for me. Basically just forces me to read slower.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

The best way to describe this was if True Grit was written by Christopher Moore. Eli and Charlie Sisters are henchmen for the Commodore and on their newest assignment Eli starts to question his choice of career and begins asking himself what he really wants. It had just the right amount of adventure, a bit gruesome at times, and the characters had heart…well some of them. I just adored Eli. It was an all-around great western! And set to become a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Our book selections for April through June; check back for reviews in early July!

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~ posted by Kara P.

Books For Two

Sometimes being in a book group can be a lot of pressure – not just the assigned reading aspect, but trying to get a group of people together to meet. A book group can simply be just two people getting together; maybe a coworker that you can go out to lunch with once a month or someone you don’t see very often and it’s a way to make sure you get together.

I had a while where I was struggling to find the time to read. My husband suggested starting a book club for just the two of us…and shockingly his idea worked. I started reading again…and I haven’t stopped. Every other month we trade off on who selects the book, it may be something we’ve been meaning to read or a subject we are interested in. All genres are open and we only allow for one re-read a year. For example, I loved The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis so I’m selecting that for February.

Here were our book selections for October through December:

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