ShareReads appears on the DCPLive blog on Fridays. Each week, a different person will share a little about what they’re currently reading, and why they like or don’t like it. The heart of ShareReads will be responses from blog readers, and the window of opportunity here is wide. Feel free to respond and discuss the book or author being mentioned, ask or answer a question, or even take the conversation in a different direction: mention what you are currently reading, and how you feel about it. The point of ShareReads is to have an ongoing discussion about books and reading. Remember posting a response also counts as an activity for the Summer Reading for Adults program!
Yesterday I started reading Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. It’s a comic thriller and a quick, humorous read so far (albeit I’m only 52 pages in). It’s a simple story of identity, medicine and the mob. Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at a down and out hospital in Manhattan. Pietro Brnwna, aka “Bearclaw”, is a mobster hit man. Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, checks into the deluxe wing of the hospital after feeling not so well. When Dr. Brown does his rounds and walks into Mr. LoBrutto’s room, both are in for some bad news. Dr. Brown is here to deliver the news that Mr. LoBrutto has a nasty form of cancer. Mr. LoBrutto is convinced that Dr. Brown is Mr. Brnwna. One way or the other it looks like Mr. LoBrutto is going to die, but what will get to him first – the big C or the Bearclaw? Is Dr. Brown really Brnwna? These are the questions that are keeping me turning the pages, plus Bazell’s insider medical perspective is hyping up my hypochondriac side.
So, it may be totally obvious that I really am only starting the book, which may be making you wonder, “Why is she writing this post?” Well, it came highly recommended by one of my patron friends, which automatically tickled my interest (and, why you should definitely share the books you enjoy with us on ShareReads, because we really do take your recommendations to heart and read them). Beat the Reaper is also the June selection for Pub Fiction, DCPL’s not so traditional book discussion group. And, since I’ve mentioned it (shamelessly inserting self serving plug), Pub Fiction is our effort to take the librarians out of the library and to share books, fellowship, drinks and perspective with other like minded folk. If this sounds good and you would like to join us, we meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7 pm at Kavarna in Decatur.
What, dear patrons, do you think we should read next? What books have you read that caused you to crave lively conversation? I hope that you’ll consider reading Beat the Reaper and joining the Pub Fictioneers on June 17. If you want to get a head start on July’s selection, we’ll be reading and noshing on The Absurdistan. And, by all means, toot the horn of your own book discussion group too!