submitted to the NKA blog by Joan Juskie
Today I went to a wonderful class, Book Exchange, #38 in the fall catalog. Each of us brought up to 5 books that we talked about briefly, had all the books put into a large exchange pile, and then we each picked one round at a time from the pile, going home with the same number of books we had brought in for the exchange. What a wonderful way to gather reading for fall and winter! Plans are being made for a second book exchange next semester.
Here is a partial list of the books people brought in to exchange: Chocolat (Harris), Snow Falling on Cedars, The Namesake (Lahiri), Cane Runner (Tademy), The Mexican Cookbook, No Ordinary Time (Doris Kearns Goodwin) , Poetry 180, A Midwife’s Tale (Ulrich), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas the American Slave, The Social Animal (David Brooks), Passages (Gail Sheehy), Chutzpah, Oprah Winfrey the Real Story, Archangel Raphael, Happy Birthday (Danielle Steele), Better than Chocolate, Friends Forever (Danielle Steele), Centennial (James Michner), the Pelican Brief (John Grisham), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), Continental Drift (Russell Banks), Cottage Style (Better Homes and Gardens), The Flows (Will Peterson), Keeping Life Simple (Karen Levine), The Solace of Open Spaces (Gretel Ehrlich), Food Rules (Michael Pollan), Two Little Girls in Blue (Mary Higgins Clark), Visions of Sugar Plums (Janet Evanovich), The Gold of Friendship, Deadwater (Ngaio Marsh), The Vig (John Lescroat), Breath, Eyes and Memory, The Boy Next Door (Megan Cabot), The Night Sky, The Dream Keeper, Pigs in Heaven (Barbara Kingsolver), Angela’s Ashes, The Books of Rachel (Joel Gloss), The Snowman, A Trick of the Life (Louise Penny), Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw, The Truth As I See It (Craig Bosley, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford), and more. It was amazing how varied the books were.
It was fantastic to leave a class with some great new to us books to read. We also heard about a lot of titles and authors that we can check the library for. Start setting aside books for the spring book exchange now.