The NCN Book Club 2014 Reading List Continued
July-November, 2014. (In December, we rest, reflect, and select books for the following year.) Read along with us!
Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter
This is one of those “aha” books that we sprinkle into the mix. The subject of Minter’s book is the often hidden, multibillion-dollar recycling industry. Like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Book Club read 2008) which made us all reconsider steak, Junkyard Planet promises to the change the way we look at disposing of our soda cans.
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
We have several avid mystery readers in our group so we frequently include a crime novel on the list. In 2012, we read Still Life, the first in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series.
Fleming’s novels which take place in upstate New York feature the unlikely crime solving duo of Rev. Clare Fergusson, ex-army chopper pilot turned Episcopal priest, and the local police Chief Russ Van Alstyne.
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Even if you are not a foodie, you have undoubtedly heard of Samuelsson, a regular on the Food Network, the former chef at the acclaimed Aquavit in NYC, and now the chef/owner at the Harlem eatery Red Rooster. Adopted from Ethiopia by a Swedish family, this is the story of Samuelsson’s remarkable journey to the top of the food chain.
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Most of us hated Strout’s earlier novel Olive Kitteridge such that we switched it out of our lineup midyear. (Book Club read 2009?)But we are giving her a second chance. I enjoyed this book; I hope the rest of the group does.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Disenchanted with the country’s military dictatorship, Nigerian teenagers and sweethearts Ifemelu and Obinze leave the country. Ifemelu travels to the USA to study, but unable to join her there, Obinze struggles as an undocumented immigrant in London.
They return to their homeland many years later and rekindle their romance, but much has changed. (The word Americanah refers to a person who returns to Nigeria after time abroad.)