The Colville Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) stages a popular annual event, BookShare. We bring our lists and our books and devote an evening to discussing what we would recommend to our fellow members.
This morning I made my list for the upcoming event. I belong to two local area book groups, but only included one of last year's selections from the two dozen I read for that group...and it was, I confess, my own choice, an Edith Wharton classic.
So here's the list I'll present to the group later this week:
- Jacqueline Winspear, the entire Maisie Dobbs mystery series (England, the first third of the 20th century) 10 books so far.)
- Margaret Drabble, The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaw. (Memoir about an 20th century English childhood and a fascination with puzzles.)
- Donna Trott, The Goldfinch (Everything about this novel is golden, beginning with the glimmer on the wing of the brave bird it celebrates.)
- Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (Covers the same period of the Dobbs mysteries, first half of 20th century in England…Groundhog Day without the farce. And darkness fell.)
- Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (Women’s options in America’s Gilded Age.)
- Henry James, What Maisie Knew (A child’s view of marital strife at the turn of the 20th century, and the master could have written this last week.)
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (An enchanting adult fairy tale set in the English countryside.)
- John Schlimm, Stand Up! 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World and How You Can, Too!
Would love to know what you'd include!