2nd Saturday Book Club Reads 2008
Annotation:A dispossessed farm family from drought stricken Oklahoma, travels to seek work as migrant fruit pickers in California. Along the way, they encounter police, labor violence, and death. This is the classic novel of the American Depression.
Annotation:The attorney for a mentally slow death row inmate challenges the sentence by declaring that executing this barely literate young man "...would be tantamount to killing a hog". The doomed man's godmother pleads with a reluctant local teacher to help the youth face his execution with dignity.
Annotation:All the Washington players are tyring to cash in on the uproar over the Boomer's Benefits, and the "Whatever" Generation which doesn't want to pay for them. It's a real and serious issue, made darkly humorous as Buckley's satire spares no aspect of the Beltway culture - lobbyists, voters, elected officials and their handlers - as they package naked self interest as the national agenda.
Annotation:A shop-worn detective named Sam Spade, a perfumed swindler, a fat man, a beautiful treacherous woman, ...and a treasure worth killing for. Hammett's classic detective story has haunted two generations of readers. Hammett virtually invented the "hard boiled" crime novel.
Annotation:As a way of dealing with loneliness and the pressures of puberty, a bored, 12 year old girl occupies the long summer days plotting to accompany her brother and his new bride on their honeymoon and into their new life together....touching, funny and sad, all in one.
Annotation:Jacob Jankowski, 90 something, recalls his experiences working for a Depression-era circus - learning the hierarchy and gaining an understanding of the brutalities of circus life while struggling to maintain his own moral compass.
Annotation:Levitt uses the "Dismal Science" to scrutinize a variety of topics, including: honor, motivation, incentives, self-interest, drug dealers, sumo wrestlers, real estate agents ---and more!
Annotation:"an engrossing an completely convincing portrayal of a woman shaped by suffering forced upon her from her earliest years, and of the friendship that helps her to survive." -Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha