Red Wine Book Club

Reading is like white water rafting: In the thrill of the waves, it is good to have a guide and a group with which to share the experience.

August 16, 2009

Red Wine Book Club - Book Recommendations

If you've loved a book, share the recommendation! To recommend a book, leave a comment to this post. I've set up the comments so that I review them first (to catch any spam). Once approved, comments will be e-mailed to each of us. Please do sign your name or initials somehow so we all know whose recommendation it is.

The Silent Wife -- Ann G

The Husband's Secret - Ann G

Bad Monkey (beach book) -- Sharon

Tender to the Bone - Mary

The Cuckoo's Calling - Mary and Kathy

Maya's Notebook - Kathy

Boys in the Boat - Sharon

Signature of All Things - Alanna


At October 16, 2009, Blogger Alanna said...

Here's a recommendation from Jerry: For your book club: "Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher. Blunt, funny, macabre wholly readable (I read it in the store while taking a long lunch) must read book for those who have some experience with substance addiction and a must read book for those who don't. This visceral recap of a life of intoxication, depression, treatments, recovery and relapses is as compelling, or more so, than anything I have read, ever. Really. Not even Fitzgerald hits this so precisely and yet she maintains an exquisite sense of humor. ~ Alanna

At October 20, 2009, Blogger Mary said...

I read Mark Haddon's book a couple of years ago because I have an employee whose child has aspergers syndrome and had seen a review from the grandfather of such a child saying it really helped him understand. It was a good read.

At October 25, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (this one makes it to my list of all-time favorite books). I've read several WWII books set in Germany recently (all good, but I was feeling a little burned out on the topic). So I approached this WWII book with some apprehension, but loved it from the start. Very original and very engaging.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Another very different book, narrated by a teenage, autistic boy.

If you read these, please let me know what you think.

~ Kathy

At November 22, 2009, Anonymous Ann A said...

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

A really good 'red wine' pairing with the Civil War series. :)

Ann A

At December 01, 2009, Blogger Alanna said...

Recommended with great enthusiasm by my neighbor Doris (and 1000 Amazon reviewers who've rated it with 5 stars), The Help

At December 02, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read The Help. Fabulous! I gave it to my Mom and can't wait for her to read it and talk about the 'realistic-ness' of it. I have asked a couple of prelim questions and was amazed!!!

At May 05, 2010, Anonymous Kathy said...

Keith Harrell: Attitude is Everything - 10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action

Keith was the speaker at the Hewitt sales meeting in 2008.

At May 25, 2010, Anonymous Kathy said...

Here are my latest "good reads"

-- the 19th Wife: about Mormons, present day to Brigham Young's time. Written using some interesting media (fiction, but based on history)
-- A spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (author of the Curious Incident). Very funny and entertaining. Very different from The Curious Incident
-- The Madonnas of Leningrad. I think Sharon recommended this a while back and I just finished it and agree it's a good read, especially if you have been to the Hermitage

And, this morning I started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. It's early in the book but it seems to be as good as the first 2 (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire)

At June 14, 2010, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Am happy to recommend The Passage, am gobbling it up, almost wish book club weren't this week so I wouldn't need to switch to our new book! Here's the NPR story where I heard about it. And I DON'T DO vampires. Characters compelling, current cultural references interesting - not exactly post-Apopalyptic but post major terrorism and oil spills and a "Mall of America Massacre". Feeling VERY glad it's a long book! Currently #9 in books on Amazon.

At July 15, 2010, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Other books/movies mentioned/discussed/recommended at July 2010 book club

The Host
The Outliers
The Imperfectionist
The Blind Side - book and movie
The Big Short
Winter's Bone - book and movie
Despicable Me

At October 25, 2010, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Books/stuff mentioned/recommended at October 2010 book club

Half the Sky - Ann Abad
Guns Germs & Steel - Ann & Mary
The immortal life of Henrietta Lax - Kathy I think
The lonely polygamist Kathy
Relentless Dean Koontz
Liquor - Kathy
A Spot of Bother

At November 16, 2010, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Amazon's Top Books of 2010, Kathy your Henrietta Lax book is first, it's next on my list!

At December 14, 2010, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

NPR Book Club Picks for 2010

Indie Books Great Books for Reading Groups (the photo widget isn't working, but click the links below, Exciting Voices, etc, for the list of books)

At May 31, 2011, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

I'm a sucker for the summer book lists --

from NPR, Summer's Best Reads and from the WSJ, The Season of the Supernatural.

Any takers?!

At August 26, 2011, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Recommended books from last night -

Marty - The Thin Place by Katherine Davis

Alanna - We've Got to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Ann Abad - the red haired girl in the bog

Mary - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - do hard copy

Ann Getz - The Red Tent

At September 09, 2011, Anonymous Alanna Kellogg said...

Given all the 9/11 coverage, I'm wishing we'd thought to do a series (even if short) on the topic this summer. At least three of discussed by NPR are on my personal to-read list.

At September 09, 2011, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Here's the hyperlink for the 9/11 books (sorry for multiple messages, Google's not cooperating here)

At June 13, 2012, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Fascinating list of "summer reads" from NPR's On Point, great summer reads.

At July 11, 2012, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

From Mary, 88 books that shaped America from the Library of Congress via LA Times

At November 18, 2013, Blogger Alanna Kellogg said...

Recommended at book club November 2013

The Silent Wife -- Ann G

The Husband's Secret - Ann G

Bad Monkey (beach book) -- Sharon

Tender to the Bone - Mary

The Cuckoo's Calling - Mary and Kathy

Maya's Notebook - Kathy

Boys in the Boat - Sharon

Signature of All Things - Alanna


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