May 2020 Literary Recommendations

We had our May, 2020, meeting via Zoom because of the pandemic. Like the April one, this was a wonderful event. It’s been so nice to see good friends, even if virtually, during isolation.

 May 1, 2020 (via ZOOM)




– “The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief” by Jan L. Richardson (Carmela)

-“Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy (Daniela, audio)

-“Mr. Popper’s Penquins” by Richard and Florence Atwater; Children’s Book (Barbara)

-“The Land of Stories” by Chris Colfer; Children’s Books (Barbara)

-“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Johansson (Barbara, Cathy adds her recommendation on 5/11/20 – love this book!)

-“Schrodinger’s Dog” by Allan Brewer (Barbara)

-“The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman (Judy)

-“The Other Bennet Sister” by Janice Hadlow (Cathy)

-“The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory (Barbara)

-“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie (Cathy, Judy)


Not recommended:  “The Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and WWII” by Robert Matzen Fitzgerald (Barbara) (Library Book Group read; not liked by most of the group, too much on WWII and not enough on Audrey Hepburn)

– “Bad Feminist: Essays” by Roxanne Gray (Starr)

– “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stephenson (Carmela)

– “Rome: A History in Seven Sackings” by Matthew Kneale (Carmela)

– “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” by Simon Winchester (Cathy)


-“Far From the Madding Crowd” 2015 film,  (Daniela)

-“Far From the Madding Crowd” 1967 film,  (Barbara, Cathy)

-“Welcome to the World: A 90th Birthday Celebration for Steven Sondheim (Barbara)

Not recommended:  “The Light Between Oceans” 2016 film (Judy; see Judy’s book recommendation above)

-“Just Mercy” 2019 film (no one has seen but got good reviews, see Carmela’s book recommendation above)

-“And Then There Were None” 1945 film of Agatha Christie book (Judy) – PBS version from 2020 (not recommended by Cathy)

-“Building Notre Dame” PBS series (Judy)

-“Building Notre Dame” PBS series (Judy)

-“Sudden Fear” 1952 film (Barbara)

-“Kanopy” streaming service for classic movies available through Lincoln Public Library/Minuteman Network (Barbara)

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