Things have cooled down which can only mean the Desketeers are revving up. This week’s installment brings us feral boys, a dubious religion, water, water everywhere, bouquets, spirited discussions, guilty passion, a grief observed, and 8 year old evacuees.
Let us begin!
Asha says “I am reading Nothing by Janne Teller. It’s a modern adaption of Lord of the Flies. On the first day of school, seventh grader Pierre Anthon announces that life has no meaning and walks out of school. Everything, he has concluded, is a useless step toward death thus his classmates set out to prove him wrong but their efforts become twisted and dark. We all know how I love my weekly dose of sketchiness.”
Abby reports “When I heard Janet Reitman was releasing a book called Inside Scientology, I was all over it. I've seen in interviews where Janet has said she was out to produce a balanced look at the church, and frankly, my first thought was I don't want a balanced look, I want the ugly underbelly. Despite her attempts to be balanced, the established facts and half-baked explanations by Scientology leaders overwhelms my ability to view Scientology as anything but a business organization with a laser-like focus on power and money. Church founder L. Ron Hubbard was a sci-fi writer and fantabulist. That may be a good combination for fiction, but it's not something I'd put my faith in. “
Barbara M. is reading The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. She says it is “a fascinating story of an avoidable disaster”.
Ann. She is small but she is mighty, mighty busy. She weighs in with the following: “I recently finished Bent Road. What an adventure! It hooked me from the beginning and now I keep wondering if there is a sound at the door. I thought the characters were well developed and I could feel the angst the son was experiencing. It was a different book for me, but terrific. As for Sister by Rosamund Lupton I loved it! The author's writing reminded me very much of Tania French. I loved the story of the sister searching for her sister's killer. It made me cry in parts when Beatrice was speaking of how much she loved her now deceased sister Tess. These great characters kept my interest from page one. Language of FlowersI am just midway through but I absolutely love the story of Victoria Jones and her will to survive. I enjoy the flower references and am thinking of bouquets to put together for people. It's a great book.
Marianne is always reading with an eye towards her book groups: “Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie. This was the second in the Library book group's series of books to movies that we're doing this summer. The book is a psychological thriller, in which the personalities, behavior and motivations of each of the Boynton family members are closely scrutinized. Mrs. Boynton in particular is a horror of a character. When she winds up dead it is up to Hercule Poirot to solve the murder and to accomplish the task within twenty four hours. After reading the book, we watched the BBC movie version which has some drastic changes in it. Needless to say we had a very spirited discussion after we finished reading and watching this intriguing book/movie."
Elisabeth of Team Tone Fame reports “I just finished How Did You Get This Number. It is a collection of personal essays by Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake. It was an easy read, perfect for 20-something women maneuvering their way through the ‘Real World,’ and the jobs, roommates, and relationships that they encounter along the way.”
Pat, Leader of Team Tone says “Today I started reading The Long Goodbye: A Memoir by Meghan O'Rourke - the author writes about her mother's death from cancer and that nothing prepared her for this loss. I am always amazed how an author can eloquently write about such a personal loss. “
For those of you waiting patiently for Kate Morton to give us something new and wonderful I can promise you that you will love Rosie Alison’s book The Very Thought of You which was short listed last year for The Orange Prize in the UK. Anna Sands is 8 years old in 1939 when she is evacuated from London to the safety of the English countryside. She ends up at the estate of the childless Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton. Of course there are bound to be tragedies and secrets waiting. This is a fun read to tuck into the beach bag this weekend.
Have a happy weekend!