Recommendations May 2021


May 7, 2021, Meeting, online


Note:  The recommendations list from our 5/07 meeting is given below, interspersed with recommendations that arrived by email from members who could not attend (the latter are prefaced by “From Diana,” etc. Many thanks to everyone!


-“Euphoria” by Lily King (Starr)

-“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan (Starr)

-“The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis (Judy)

-“Persuasion” by Jane Austen (Daniela, Cathy)

-“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (Daniela)

From Debbie: “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Michele Richardson

-From Diana: “Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid, 2019.  An interesting novel, quick read, about issues of race, class, privilege, and how best intentions can have unexpected negative or hurtful consequences.  A clever and witty first novel with complex characters and complex truths.  We can all find ourselves here somewhere.

-From Diana (also recommended by Marisa):Death At La Fenice:  A commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery” by Donna Leon,1992.  The first mystery in the internationally bestselling series.  Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police is a genius of detection.  Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor is poisoned during an intermission at La Fenice opera house in Venice.  Out of many possible choices of suspects, Brunetti must narrow the possibilities.  Witty, esp. for music lovers.

-From Diana: (also recommended by Cathy)  “Cherokee America,” by Margaret Verble, 2019.  A multilayered originally epic tale of the American frontier.  Several people in a small town near the Cherokee Nation have gone missing.  Story centers around Check Singer, a wealthy farmer, mother of five boys, and matriarch of her family.  She’s determined to find out what’s going on.  Story is inspired by author Margaret Verble’s family history.  The tale is imbedded in history and told from the Native American point of view with a mixed-raced woman at its center.

-From Diana:  “Tulip Fever” by Deborah Moggach, 1999.


-From Diana: “Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions it Aroused” by Mike Dash, 1999.  Very interesting history of the tulip craze in The Netherlands in the 17th century, how it developed, and the impact on the local and national economies.  Some fascinating facts and anecdotes.

-Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (Cathy)  [We ran out of time to discuss this on May 7th but I meant to add it to the recommended list]


-“Sense and Sensibility” TV series 2008 (Judy) (With Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.)

-“Sense and Sensibility” TV Series 1983 (“Favorite version” of the often-filmed Jane Austen novel from JA Fanatic – Cathy)

-“Persuasion” Film 1995 (Daniela, Cathy) (Another favorite version of an often-filmed Jane Austen novel.)

-This Is a Robbery” Documentary 2021 (Starr)

-“Ex Libris: The New York City Public Library” “cinema-verite” documentary by Fred Wiseman 2017 (Cathy)

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