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one of the best books I've read in the last 6 months is . . .


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  • bookmama22bookmama22 Registered User Posts: 2,285 Senior Member
    I just finished the new Lisa See, Island of the Sea Women. Really fascinating look at an entire culture of deep sea diving women in a matriarchal society that I never knew existed but also the time in which the novel is set through pre WWII and on, along with Pachinko strongly depicts how horrible life in Korea was under Japanese occupation and how it didn't get any better but actually much worse in the post-war years and ultimately the Korean War and partition, especially if you were a woman. In the end, it is of course as with all Lisa See novels, a tale about the relationship between two women over the course of their lives
  • VaBluebirdVaBluebird Registered User Posts: 3,398 Senior Member
    "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Non-fiction. I just loved it though it would not appeal to some and customer reviews back that up. Centered on the devastating fire at Central Library in Los Angeles, the author explores the world of books and libraries and those who tend them. I really enjoyed it.
  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 3,450 Senior Member
    The Library Book was my favorite non-fiction book in 2018. I am a huge library fan so it was just perfect for me!
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,872 Senior Member
    The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai.... in part set during the AIDS epidemic in mid-80's Chicago. I lived in the Bay Area in the early/mid 80s, and her portrayal of the fear and devastation of AIDS rings oh, so true. When "sick" too often didn't mean the flu but a death sentence. Interwoven into it is a story about an art collection and a woman searching for her daughter in Paris. Wonderfully paced and written, and very hard to put down.
  • garlandgarland Registered User Posts: 16,059 Senior Member
    ^Loved that book!
  • 4kids4us4kids4us Registered User Posts: 542 Member
    Agree about The Library Book by Susan Orlean. I read it a few months ago. I grew up going to the library, my mother volunteered at our local library and I still get nearly all of my books from my local library. I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the book; I completely agree how vital libraries are to communities - they are so much more than just places to check out books! My local library has fishing rods for check out, among other things. A wonderful way for local kids to be able to enjoy our area's waterfront.
  • bookwormbookworm Registered User Posts: 8,809 Senior Member
    We read The Library Book in bookclub. We had the head of our city libraries come as guest speaker. It was fascinating to hear about the issues each library faces.
  • garlandgarland Registered User Posts: 16,059 Senior Member
    I just finished Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland"--really well written, thoughtful, generous, honest, and smart. I haven't read Hillbilly Elegies, but from all reports, this is much more authentic and multi-layered. Very much recommend!
  • Mom2jlMom2jl Registered User Posts: 665 Member
    I also loved The Library Book! I just started Midnight in Chernobyl, after watching the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (which is excellent so far). I also finished Watership Down recently for a book club--I loved it just as much as I did when I read it as a teenager.
  • makemesmartmakemesmart Registered User Posts: 1,176 Senior Member
    I read both “heartland” and “hillbilly” and I totally agree with your assessment. Even though both books are from personal perspectives, Heartland offers so much more history and background of rural working poor families who struggled. If Hillbilly celebrated one person’s lucky draw in life, Heartland cherished the lives of the many who are equally talented yet not as fortunate.
  • LasMaLasMa Registered User Posts: 10,906 Senior Member
    edited May 29
    For years I've been recommending the same 4 non-fiction books, and finally found another one to add to the list. The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss is about the final battle in Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment. It's history, of course, meticulously researched and documented, but it reads like a political thriller, which is quite a feat given that we all know the ending. I discovered that I knew almost nothing about this 70-year fight, much less the people on both the "Suff" and "Anti" sides. This book is both gripping and inspiring.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 32,045 Senior Member
    @LasMa so what are the other 4?

    I have a really hard time with non-fiction - just too easy to put down.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,882 Senior Member
    I just finished The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. An interesting read about the investments that the Gates Foundation is making around the world on issues related to women. I liked it both in terms of reading about some of the research and logic behind their investments, and the stories about women she met and her own family sprinkled through the book.
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