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Winter is a good time of year to curl up in a chair at home and read. Have you read any good books lately?

BCR Editorial Board Roundtable

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I'm just returning from a three-month maternity leave where much of my time was devoted to caring for my newborn and toddler. But in between feedings, diaper changes and tantrums, I took advantage of the downtime to keep up with my reading hobby.

A great book I finished was "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. It's a novel that had been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I had skipped over numerous times for unknown reasons. I see now that was a huge mistake. I'd recommend this gripping, whodunit tale to anyone who loves a good thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last chapter.

And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't up at 3 a.m. after feedings with my newborn totally engrossed in the story, trying to figure out whether or not the accused killer really was guilty.

Goldie Rapp

I have read several books lately because winter is about the only time I take to read. Once the weather gets good enough for me to be outside riding my bicycle or taking walks, I don’t read at all until the next time the weather gets bad.

I am currently reading a book written more than 100 years ago by Zane Grey called “The Lone Star Ranger,” first published in 1915, according to Wikipedia. It is a story a lone gunfighter turned Texas Ranger who breaks up a cattle rustling ring in southern Texas.

I also read a book by Christian author Chris Fabry called “The Promise of Jesse Woods” about a boy coming back to his hometown to see a former girlfriend about to marry another person.

I have read many Fabry brooks and now remember reading some other Grey books in the past after I look at the titles that Wikipedia indicates the famous Western writer wrote during his prolific career.

I usually like to read as much of the book as possible at one time because it takes awhile to get back into the story if I take a few days off between reading sessions.

Lyle Ganther

Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy reading about history, so it’s no surprise that I’m reading a book about a famous American leader. It’s “Grant,” by Ron Chernow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Washington” and “Alexander Hamilton.”

I’d previously read books about Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s role in winning the Civil War, and also a bit about his presidency, but what I really enjoyed learning more about was Grant’s lengthy (May 1877 to September 1879) around-the-world tour after he left the White House.

Chernow writes about how Grant basically pioneered the modern role of former presidents as diplomats, advisers and goodwill ambassadors. Grant had an amazing capacity to reinvent himself, and the book provides one example after another of that skill.

During his tours through the capitals of Europe, which involved appearing before large crowds, Grant would steal away and just saunter along city streets alone, visiting shops and observing local residents amid their daily routines, which I found interesting.

Chernow’s book on Hamilton was the inspiration for an award-winning Broadway musical. Could the musical “Grant” be next?

Jim Dunn

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