Category Archives: ◊Past◊

Reading for a past meeting.

A Gentleman in Moscow / Louise & Ben / May 15


In 1922, a Bolshevik tribunal sentences Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest in the grand hotel Metropol, across the street from the Kremlin.

He never leaves.

Best book of the year: NPR, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and others.

Astoria / Susan & Howard / Mar 5


An epic three-year effort to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast.

A tale of adventure and hardship on land and sea. Pretty amazing.

Leaving Berlin / Nicky & Ron / Jan 8


Spy craft, plot twists, moral ambiguity.

LeCarre fans should enjoy.

The New York Times Book Review : “Captures the ambience of a city that’s still a wasteland after the Nazis’ defeat. Kanon keeps the story humming along, enriching the narrative with vignettes that heighten the atmosphere of duplicity and distrust.”

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage / Julie & Jeff / Nov 6

41GlM9AdakL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpegAnn Patchett shares her thoughts about her life.

Amazon summarizes thus: “Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, (this book) covers a multitude of topics, including relationships , the  joy of writing, and the thrill of opening a bookstore.”

The Winemaker / KC & Bruce / Sept 13


Blurb: A story of a young Spanish vintner — the grapes he grows, the wine he fashions, the women he loves, and his struggle against an evil.

Well received in Europe and recommended by Bruce.


A Higher Call / Ida & Roger / May 31 @ 6 PM

Higher Call

“The most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II”.

After decades if secrecy, the two pilots now tell us what happened.

Perhaps our own pilots can lead the discussion.

After our new tradition of stirring ballads?

The Book of Unknown Americans / Nadja & David / April 3 @ 6:30 PM

unknown-americansThe Multnomah County Library Everybody Reads 2016 selection. Copies are available at the library. The author will speak March 8, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, The Daily Beast‘s Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones,, School Library Journal, and BookPage Best Book of the Year.