My Book Club's Selections For This Year
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Tämä viestiketju on "uinuva" —viimeisin viesti on vanhempi kuin 90 päivää. Ryhmä "virkoaa", kun lähetät vastauksen.
1. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James (we decided to read a classic this year, and this won out over Bronte's Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
2. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville
3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
4. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, by Vincent Lam
5. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6. Mr. Pip, by Lloyd Jones
7. When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards
9. Consumption, by Kevin Patterson
We meet 10 months of the year, and always leave one spot open just to be flexible. Several of us were also interested in The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. If anyone has any comments about any of these books, I'd love to hear what you have to say.
I realized while we met that there are two books that I've seen discussed on the internet that I thought were one book: The Memory Keeper's Daughter and My Sister's Keeper. I wasn't particularly interested in either, so when I'd see the "Keeper" name, I would only associate with one (imaginary) book. A Memory of Keeping My Sister's Daughter, perhaps?
(edited for touchstones, some of which are incorrect, but won't let me open the "others" option. I'll try again later)
Our selections for this year are Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, The Broken Shore by Peter Temple, The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton, Gogo Mama by Sally Sara and Stasiland by Anna Funder. I'll add to this list once we have all the books for this year.
Hope this is helpful.
We discussed The Last of the Mohicans in January. We have The Folding Cliffs by W.S. Merwin coming up. In March we're discussing a crummy little narrative called Leaving Mother Lake. But then in April we are taking on Doubt: a History by Jennifer Michael Hecht. We haven't decided beyond then.
One of our outlying members has suggested scoring some poetry books from a poetry organization for discussion, the payment being a report of our discussion. I'm not sure we can do non-narrative poetry, but I'll bring it up next Wednesday.
We only pick our books once at a time, so far we did Quarantine for January, and are doing Julie and Julia for February. At our February meeting, one member will bring 4-6 books and the group votes on them to pick our March book. I've read Julie and Julia twice now, and really love it.
I agree . . . it's the conversational books that make for a good meeting. With us that's usually books we have problems with, but not always. Sometimes books are really great reads, but no one has much to say about them except "yeah, I liked it a lot." Then we just move on to eating the snacks, drinking the wine, and talking about skiing or kids or something.
That is my big beef with the book club I'm in. Nobody seems to care about choosing a real book club book - something meaty that people can talk about and get excited about. Last month we did Toast by Nigel Slater. I'd read it before and had enjoyed it, but it's certainly not something that's going to provoke a good debate. I mentioned that I didn't think it was a "book club book" and suffered a huge backlash from other club members saying that what should matter is that it's a good book. But I disagree. Being good isn't enough. Sorry to rant so much, but I'm a bit annoyed by it all at the moment.
In February we're doing The Catcher in the Rye, in March it's Middlesex, we haven't decided on April yet, and in May we're doing Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.
(Touchstones are playing up an awful lot today.)
Well, you need to come join my book club. We love a good discussion . . . it's just that we don't always know which book is going to give that to us (and in all honesty, sometimes we may just not be in the mood. The whole group dynamic and all). But, yeah, I'm with you--the discussion is the thing.
By the way, I think The Reader would make a great book club read, if you're looking for something conversation-provoking.