Each month, our book discussion groups in Berea and Richmond choose the book they will read and discuss for the next meeting. In my opinion, both groups made intriguing choices for April.
I am almost finished with Berea's selection, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and even though I've seen the movie, I'm really enjoying the narrative. I got an email today from a book group member who said she found herself wanting books from a similar prospective -- namely, a story behind a work of art.
I went online and looked for books that are similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring – click the following links to find these titles:
http://www.wmrls.org/services/colldev/HistoricalGenre/0706readalikes.pdf (scroll down to the very bottom)
After I finish Berea's selection, I will start on Richmond's: Burr (as in Aaron Burr) by Gore Vidal. This novel is the first of Vidal's Narratives of Empire series, a series of historical fiction novels about the "rise and fall" of the "American Empire." For more information on the Narratives of Empire series, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narratives_of_Empire.
For titles similar to Burr, keep reading the Narratives of Empire series (if you like Vidal's style, which admittedly, many folks do not). Check out the following links for more fiction based on US History:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Plot_Against_America -- this is one of my personal favorite books, Philip Roth's The Plot Against America. It falls in the subcategory of Alternate History -- a genre of fiction consisting of stories in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world.
Please join us at our book group meetings! Berea's Tuesday Night Book Group meets on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 6:30PM at MCPL's Berea location; Richmond's Thursday Night Book Group meets on Thursday, April 21, 2010, at 6:30PM at MCPL's Richmond location.