Book suggestions mentioned in the Reformer Mar 21 20

With all of us having more time on our hands, the staff at Village Square Booksellers has some book suggestions to keep you occupied. As many of you might have heard, American Dirt, https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9781250209764  by Jeanine Cummins, was chosen as an Oprah Book Club Pick and became very controversial for not being an “Own Voices” narrative.  In light of this, Pat would like to remind readers that John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780143039433 , East of Eden https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780140186390  and Cannery Row https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780140187373  were not written by someone who had actually experienced those types of events, but they are recognized as fantastic depictions of life in the Salinas-Monterey area of California in the 30’s and 40’s.  Steinbeck grew up in a Victorian home in Salinas and attended Stanford University for a bit before setting down to write full time.

Myles’ suggestions include The Plague by Albert Camus https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780679720218 The novel is about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town that has become a classic of 20th century literature. The people band together for the common good. Cold Storage by David Koepp https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780062916433  is a terrorizing tale of a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction supposedly safely stored in a military repository.  Other suggestions include Blindness by Saramago https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780156007757 , The Journal of the Plague Year by Defoe https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780140437850 , Year of Wonders: A novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780142001431 and Severance by Ling Ma https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9781250214997

With Main Street Arts’s production of Cabaret being postponed, you might want to read Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780811218047 , which inspired the Broadway musical.  And Myles’ favorite classics include The Tale of Genji by Murasaki https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780393353396 , Don Quixote by Cervantes https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780060934347  & Anna Karenina by Tolstoy https://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book/9780143035008 .

 

Pat Fowler, Myles Mickle

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

East of Eden Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, David Wyatt (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140186390
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 1st, 1992

Cannery Row (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140187373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - February 1st, 1994

The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

Cold Storage: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062916433
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Published: Ecco - September 3rd, 2019

Blindness Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156007757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

A Journal of the Plague Year Cover Image
By Daniel Defoe, Cynthia Wall (Introduction by), Cynthia Wall (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140437850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - August 26th, 2003

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

The Tale of Genji Cover Image
By Shikibu Murasaki, Dennis Washburn (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393353396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 6th, 2016

Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
Availability: Backordered at our warehouse
Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

The Berlin Stories Cover Image
By Christopher Isherwood, Armistead Maupin (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811218047
Availability: Available from our warehouse - 3-8 Days
Published: New Directions - September 17th, 2008

Don Quixote Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2005

Anna Karenina (Oprah #5): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143035008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - May 31st, 2004

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