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Monday, May 7, 2018

Six Degrees of Separation---Poisonwood Bible to...


Six Degrees of Separation. 
We begin with
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
This is honestly one of my favorite books by a favorite author. Set in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, it deals with the themes of colonialism, religion, family relations, and cultural acceptance.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Like I said, she is my favorite author. I could just put all her books on this list and call it good. This one is also set during the similar time period, the 1950s but this one deals with the themes of homosexuality, communism, McCarthyism. It is set in both American and Mexico. The plot is so intricate and yet so vast. A book one can truly immerse yourself in.

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Back to Africa. The themes of this book are isolation, coming-of-age, religion, cultural pride, and personal power. This is another book one can get completely lost in the story. It is powerful in its message, too.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
This list is ending up being a list of my favorite books. This is another book about human connections and unity. Set in Ireland and the United States. It takes the kernel of a true story about the man who walked between the Twin Towers as they were being built in the 1970s. An intricately plotted book with a lot of heart.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
An extremely emotional book about a boy who is looking and grieving for his dad, a victim of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11.

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus
Written by Foer's wife at the same time as the above book. I read the books one after the other and can't decide which I love more. "The History of Love" is the title of a book within the book.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The only YA title of the lot. There is a favorite book within the book which drives a good deal of the plot. John Green is my favorite YA author. That brings me around to where I started...

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver
Authored by a favorite writer.

I had no idea when I started this list that I would end here.
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  1. I love these posts - so much fun! And you listed many of MY favorites here, too!! Poisonwood Bible is in my top 5 of all time (and, yes, one of my favorite authors), though I still need to read The Lacuna.

    I also LOVED The History of Love - had no idea Nicole Krauss was married to Foer!

    I loved the movie version of Foer's book - one of my fave films - and I want to read the book - it's on my shelf.

    Great list and fun connections!


    Book By Book

    1. I think Poisonwood Bible is in my top ten. It is amazing. I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before seeing the movie. I think knowing the plot may wreck the book.

  2. You're so good at doing this! And it's fun to see a list of some of your favorites.

  3. As we wrote, Poisonwood Bible stands at one of the books in the almost 20 years of this Bookclub that created the most divisive discussion. It also showed that we can vehemently each defend our opinion and till remain friends.

    I loved your list, gives us ideas of books to read. Thank you.

    1. I am surprised. That means some of your book club people didn't like the book? I'm shocked.

  4. I've just added John Green's The Fault in Our Stars to my wish list because YA is not usually my genre but I'm trying to branch out and this sounds interesting.

  5. Love your links! The only one of these I've read is Let the Great World Spin, which I also loved, but I have The Poisonwood Bible on my TBR, so it's good to hear you think so highly of Kingsolver.

  6. I think I liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close better of the two. I wasn't a huge fan of Let the Great World Spin, but I don't remember why. We read it for Book Club, right?

  7. I like this post a lot - and the variety of books that made your list.


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