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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is an amazing book. I read it for the Broken Arrow Library book discussion group, and while I was reading it, I was thinking, "Man, this is a good book." Then my book group discussed it. By the end of the discussion, we were all sitting there with our mouths hanging open thinking collectively, "Mind blown."
Sometimes I’m in the mood to be comforted by a book and at other times I want to be provoked. Comforting books are rarely good for discussion, while unsettling books are ripe for conversation. The following three books are literary, captivating, and guaranteed to make you feel a little squirmy.
One of the guiding principles librarians use when connecting readers to books they will enjoy is that someone should NEVER apologize for his/her reading tastes. I think, however, that I might also add: “but be willing to stretch.” It’s just like our parents would explain “You don’t have to like everything, but you do have to try it.” So, I can say with empirical backing that I don’t care for turnips or Harry Potter. But, I’m guilty like everyone else of assuming I won’t like something based on its genre or cover.
Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel Flight Behavior is about climate change. It is also very much about beautifully flawed humans and the lengths to which we will go to connect to one another and to something larger than ourselves. It’s both earthbound and ethereal. It’s Barbara Kingsolver at her finest.