Another Big One From Atomic Books

Atomic.jpgAnother new year and a welcome announcement from the Atomic Reading Club. You may not live close enough to participate directly with the Baltimore denizens but that doesn’t mean you should ignore yet another excellent reading list.

Here is the official invite:

Do you believe in Millennials? Is it true that GenX is really the coolest generation? Are there definitive generational traits or is it merely stages of life we all go through? Does history really repeat itself? We’re not really sure the answers to these questions, though we have some thoughts on the subject. We’re also nervously uncertain where 2018 will take us, but we figured that looking at generations might help put the times we live in into perspective. Or not.

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Secrets and Conspiracies

logo.pngIt’s a new year and a new reading list from the Atomic Books Reading Club. If you are in the Baltimore area I urge you to stop off at Atomic Books and maybe even join the monthly reading group.

The reading group admits that they are not sure about what will happen in 2017 but a selection centering around secrets and conspiracies certainly couldn’t be that far off. Just think, Alex Jones may be making the 2017 predictions!

Here are the titles selected for 2017:

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Back When We Were Grownups

imgres-1.jpg“I do make a point of writing down every imaginable facet of my characters before I begin a book, trying to get to know them so I can figure out how they’ll react in any situation…..My reason for writing now is to live lives other than my own, and I do that by burrowing deeper and deeper….till I reach the center of those lives.”

This is exactly why I am enchanted by the works of Anne Tyler.

Many years back I was putting my cocker spaniel through intermediate training and the instructor, who raised and trained Rottweilers, lampooned the movie The Accidental Tourist on the basis of what she considered an inaccurate representation of the correct way to train a dog. I filed this observation in the back of my mind and it wasn’t until several months later that I watched the movie and despite it’s obvious smarminess, enjoyed all the quirky characters and even accepted the dog training episodes.

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