Spring and Summer 2018: Eclectic Reads
We’ve got a little bit of everything for Books In A Bar book group as we move into warmer weather! Old and new. Fact and fiction. Contemporary and historical. All featuring great stories and memorable characters.
Meet us at Nighttown for a glass of wine and great discussion. Appletree staff members Ed Alix and Lute Quintrell will be your hosts!
England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. While working at a prestigious gallery, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a talented young artist whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. Drawn into a web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe—or who she can trust.
Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss follows her parents to an impoverished village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa’s half-brother Isaac, an idealistic painter buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war. When Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents, it causes devastating consequences that echo into the decades to come.
Hailed as a “nonfiction epic,” Davis’s The Gulf is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling.” Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and well-told story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone’ ” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written” (Edward O. Wilson).
Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, The Good Earth has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is a must read for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.
She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.” Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. Manhattan is grittier now–her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl–but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed–and has not.
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