Book Club books read over the term of the 3rd Wed bookclub

(Dates are publication dates, not the dates read)
A Contract With God Will Eisner 2006
A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) Rohinton Mistry 2001
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 1990
An Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel Iain Pears 2000
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: a Novel Lorna Landvik 2005
Appetite for Life Noel Riley Fitch 1999
Bel Canto (P.S.) Ann Patchett 2005
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Tony Horwitz 2002
Brick Lane: A Novel Monica Ali 2004
Children of God Go Bowling Shannon Olson 2005
Clapton: The Autobiography Eric Clapton 2008
Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson William Swanson 2007
Dreams from My Father Barack Obama 2004
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire Amanda Foreman 2001
Getting Mother's Body: A Novel Suzan-Lori Parks 2004
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier 2000
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri 2000
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) Charlotte Brontë 2006
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories Ben Katchor 1996
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District Ben Katchor 2003
Life of Pi : A Novel Yann Martel 2002
Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began/Boxed Art Spiegelman 1993
Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History Art Spiegelman 1986
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus) Art Spiegelman 1992
Midnight's Children: A Novel Salman Rushdie 2006
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban - A Young Woman's Story Latifa 2003
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder Kent Nerburn 2002
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women Geraldine Brooks 1995
Novena for Murder (A Sister Mary Helen Mystery) Carol Anne O'Marie 2005
Orlando: A Biography (Wordsworth Classics) Virginia Woolf 1999
Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood 2004
Paradise (Oprah's Book Club) Toni Morrison 1999
Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America Stephen G. Bloom 2001
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Azar Nafisi 2003
Saving Fish from Drowning: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Amy Tan 2006
Skipping Christmas John Grisham 2004
Sor Juana's Second Dream: A Novel Alicia Gaspar De Alba 1999
The Bondwoman's Narrative (Special Facsimile Edition) Hannah Crafts 2003
The Bonesetter's Daughter (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Amy Tan 2003
The Color of Water James McBride 1996
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the DecadesBefore Roe v. Wade Ann Fessler 2007
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) Mary Ann Shaffer 2009
The Heartsong of Charging Elk: A Novel James Welch 2001
The Human Stain: A Novel Philip Roth 2001
The Librarian Larry Beinhart 2004
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom Slavomir Rawicz 2006
The Mapmaker's Wife Robert Whitaker 2005
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri 2006
The Outlander: A Novel (P.S.) Gil Adamson 2009
The Piano Tuner: A Novel Daniel Mason 2003
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) Simon Winchester 2005
The Quitter Harvey Pekar 2006
The Rabbi's Cat Joann Sfar 2007
The Rabbi's Cat 2 Joann Sfar 2008
The Seven Daughters of Eve Bryan Sykes 2002
The Shipping News Proulx E. Annie 1994
The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World David Abram 1997
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Anne Fadiman 1998
The Virgin Blue Tracy Chevalier 2003
The Wind in the Willows (Signet Classics) Kenneth Grahame 2006
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time Greg Mortenson 2007
Title Author Date
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival Velma Wallis 2004
Ultraviolet Sky Alma Luz Villanueva 1988
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West Stephen Ambrose 1997
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire 2003
Water for Elephants: A Novel Sara Gruen 2007
When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time To Go Home Bombeck 1991
You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You Molly Ivins 1999
Zazie in the Metro (Penguin Classics) Raymond Queneau 2001

2010 January - June

I'll need some help piecing these titles into the calendar. As I recall we got a little feisty and skipped around some.

January at Sofitel
February at Sofitel
March at Sofitel
April -M Butterfly live at the Guthrie Theatre
May The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - at Sofitel
June - A Mercy / Toni Morrison / at Monte Carlo in Minneapolis

Book Club's new blog

Hey Book Club friends, the Book Club aspect of Tambien is moving to its own Book Club blog home.

Book Club 2010

It’s time for a new round of books. We polished off the last six months gourmet style, switching in June from a stint at Sofitel to an evening at the Monte Carlo (a night spent without discussing Toni Morrison’s A Mercy in any way, shape or form. Sorry, Toni. The wings and the chocolate cake made it impossible to concentrate) So, to begin the discussion of our next list of titles is Sarah: the next Stieg Larsson book (I just finished #3, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest); #2 is The Girl Who Played with Fire Tracy Chevalier’s new book Remarkable Creatures - though I don’t think it is out in paperback yet. Hilary Mantel’s new book Wolf Hall - won the Booker prize, though also not in paperback. Jhumpa Lahiri’s book “Unaccustomed Earth” - I just finished this, it was amazing.

Newfoundland Serendipity

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Netflix rental this weekend: Shipping News

Twitter entry today from John Quincy Adams:
JQAdams_MHSToday's map post at contains links to the long diary entries with a more detailed account of the day's events.

Serendipity: Watched the DVD last night and saw the Adams Twitter entry this evening. Book Club read the book Shipping News some time before June 2004.

I don't "hear" E. Annie Proulx's writing voice from Shipping News in the movie version but I love seeing the images of Newfoundland. I'd forgotten that the delightful and versatile Dame Judith Dench appears in the film. Adams' journal entries are appearing on Twitter because of their brief number of words, the Massachusetts Historical Society thought it was a good way to get out his words. This entry links to a map that includes Newfoundland. John Quincy Adams.

Here's what the page reads today:

Map of daily progress for sailing voyage from Charlestown, Massachusetts to St. Petersburg, Russia.
See the Twitter feed at
62,162 views - Public Created on Aug 19 - Updated 14 hours ago

Book Club Fall 2009

Here are the books for the next three months (and December will be the book exchange party)

16th September - at Susan's - The Outlander by Gil Adamson
21st October - at Roberta's - The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz - also in MNCAT under briefer title Long Walk -

18th November
at Anne's - The Shack by William P. Young or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Other Suggestions:

The Craftsman by Richard Sennett
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single by Heather Mcelhatton
Run by Ann Patchett

The Road From Coorain by Jill Kerr Conway
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria by Justin Pollard

Something by A. J. Jacobs:
--The Year of Living Biblically
--The Know-it-all
--The Guinea
Pig Diaries

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Anything by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and others)
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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