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The Biblio File
May 31, 2021

Book review by Rick McGregor – thanks Rick!

My favorite book by far is Papillon by Henri Charriere.  It is the true story of a Frenchman imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit and his subsequent escape from Devil’s Island.  His story of survival in a brutal prison and his journey across the Atlantic Ocean on a man-made raft is exhilarating.  There have been two movies made about this story, the most notable starting Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman but neither movie do the book justice.  There was a sequel, Banco, that was a good read but not the same excitement of the planning and execution of an escape from an island that no one had ever escaped from before.

So far we have had a great response to “The PPL’s top 100” or whatever catchy name we decide to call our list!  So big thanks to the people who have sent in their suggestions – keep them coming!  Here are 10 patron “must read” suggestions from the growing list.  Stay tuned for more of the list in the coming weeks.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein