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What We’re Reading Wednesday

unbecomingCheck out what the Mid-State staff is reading this week! 

Title: Unbecoming

Author: Rebecca Scherm

Read By: Melina Lindsey, Adult Basic Education Coordinator

Reading Progress:  page 110 of 308

What I like:  I started reading this book after a friend recommended it very highly, comparing it to a more beautifully written Gone Girl, minus the unsatisfying ending.  I’m only about a third of the way through, but it has been pretty gripping so far.  Grace is a young American living in Paris under an assumed identity, hiding from a criminal past that suddenly threatens to reveal itself.  I started the book yesterday as a way to pass time during my bus ride, but I haven’t been able to put it down since.

What I don’t like: So far, the author has pretty masterfully hinted at the action that has yet to come – I feel like I’m listening to the soundtrack to an Alfred Hitchcock movie much of the time.  (“This is foreshadowing!  Something bad is happening! BUT WHAT??”)  Still, only so many oblique references to a mysterious past can be made before it gets tiresome.  I’m hoping that a bit more is soon reveled.

What We’re Reading Wednesday


Check out what the Mid-State staff is reading this week! one summer 


Title: One Summer: America, 1927


Author: Bill Bryson


Read By: Melina Lindsey, Adult Basic Education Coordinator


Reading Progress:  I’m listening to the audiobook, and just started disc 11 (out of 14).


What I like:  I am really enjoying this book!  The summer of 1927 was incredibly eventful – between May 1 and September 30, Charles Lindbergh became the first aviator to cross the Atlantic, Babe Ruth hit a record 60 home runs for the Yankees, a scandalous murder trial rocked the nation (and later inspired one of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck movies, Double Indemnity), anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed for a crime they may not have committed, the Mississippi River flooded and drove many from their homes… and on and on and on.  Bryson unpacks it all in this well-researched and often very funny book.


What I don’t like: The entire point of the book is to show what a jam-packed summer America saw in 1927, and how many events of that summer altered the course of history and brought America into modernity.  At times, though, I felt that Bryson was kind of stretching to pack in as much as he possibly could, and may have benefitted from a tougher editor.  His many tangents (though always informative and often entertaining) sometimes distracted me from the main narrative. Company formation morehouse tigernet