This month’s Book Club was a little unusual compared to previous months.
Instead of talking about new books, Ms. Melinson shared a slew of beautiful books to help cleanse our political palates including Nests: 50 Nests and the Birds that Built Them by Sharon Beals, an illustrated version of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, and The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katharine Harmon.
Anny mentioned reading Between the Lines and Off the Page, both by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, and loving the different fonts and stylistic changes that represented each author’s voice. This lead to a discussion between Anny and Ms. B about the possible difficulties of collaborating on a book. Anny also said she started reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, much to the delight of of Ms. B and Ms. Melinson, both who said the book is very good.
Josh discussed his enthusiasm for maps and the book he read, A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton. Luca talked about starting Brave New World, describing it as “absurd but good.”
Ms. B recently got Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter by Kathryn Welch through interlibrary loan and talked about how happy she was with that service and how it allowed her to read a hard to find book. Ms. B talked about reading the short story collection Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx and described it as “gritty” and from the “school of realism.”
And after everyone finished talking about their recommendations, there was time to look through all of the beautiful books!
For more information on all the books we discussed at this month’s Book Club, visit our Goodreads page!