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July 18, 2008

July to December 2008 Book Club choices!

Thanks to Rosemary for putting this together!

Summary of Book Club new book selection meeting of July 16th.

SCHEDULE

August 20th at Sarah’s
The Piano Tuner
by Daniel Mason
Set in 1800 England and Burma. A tuner of antique pianos is sent to Burma to tune a politically important piano.

September 17th at Roberta’s
Clapton: The Autobiography
by Eric Clapton

October 15th at Meggin’s (note this is Lara’s 40th Birthday Month)
A prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball and believes--accurately--that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irving's novel, which inspired the 1998 movie Simon Birch

November 19th at Lara’s (this is the week before Thanksgiving)
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
by Noël Riley Fitch

December 17th
Christmas party. Roberta offered to host.


coming in 2009

January 2009 at Susan's

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie wins Best of the Booker prize
Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel Midnight's Children won the Best of the Booker award July 10, topping a public poll to select the most outstanding novel published in the past 40 years and burnishing the reputation of a book that garnered the Booker of Bookers prize 15 years ago. Rushdie defeated competition from six other finalists to honor the finest novel to have won the U.K.'s annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction since its inception....
Bloomberg, July 10
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Read on for other suggestions and 2009 suggestions Susan (and vote for your pick):

Other Suggestions

Sarah
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
Really good – takes place 10 years after WWII on an island off of Seattle.

When We Were Orphans
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Recommended by Sarah’s In-Laws
An English boy living in Shanghai has first his father, then his mother, go missing. After growing up in England, he returns to Shanghai to unravel the disappearance of his parents.

Plum Wine
by Angela Davis-Gardner
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After WWII, set in Japan, an affair involving a Japanese Potter and an American English Teacher.

Roberta

Growing up
by Russell Baker
"Russell Baker is the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner and a columnist for The New York Times. This book traces his youth in the mountains of rural Virginia."

100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales)
by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
"Griest highlights 100 special destinations and challenging activities"

The Seven Storey Mountain
by Thomas Merton
"In 1941, a brilliant, good-looking young man decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter a monastery in Kentucky, from where he proceeded to become one of the most influential writers of this century. Talk about losing your life in order to find it."

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
by Simon Winchester
San Francisco earthquake story by the author of the Professor and the Madman.

Lara

All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
WWI anti-war novel – very well written classic

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

by H.W. Brands
Or
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Paperback)
by Walter Isaacson

Megan

Shipwrecks
by Akira Yoshimura
Set in a coastal village in medieval Japa n. A small, poor village just eking out a living by fishing also lures ships to wreck on the rocks so they can plunder the spoils.

Suggestions from Susan

Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=infidel&x=0&y=0
I just read this one - it's a quick read but the subject matter is not light. Very powerful autobiography of a Somali woman raised Muslim, and survived a lot....


Out of Egypt - Andre Aciman
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=out+of+egypt&x=0&y=0
Anne and I saw this guy speak. He is a great speaker. The book is semi-auto-biographical.


Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana
http://www.amazon.com/Cuba-Diaries-American-Housewife-Havana/dp/0767914848/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216171977&sr=8-1


Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
http://www.amazon.com/Midnights-Children-Novel-Salman-Rushdie/dp/0812976533/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216250243&sr=8-1
Salman Rushdie wins Best of the Booker prize
Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel Midnight's Children won the Best of the Booker award July 10, topping a public poll to select the most outstanding novel published in the past 40 years and burnishing the reputation of a book that garnered the Booker of Bookers prize 15 years ago. Rushdie defeated competition from six other finalists to honor the finest novel to have won the U.K.'s annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction since its inception....
Bloomberg, July 10


The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=red+tent&x=0&y=0
I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it but would like to reread it.


The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
http://www.amazon.com/Poisonwood-Bible-Novel-P-S/dp/0060786507/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216252062&sr=1-1
This is a classic I keep meaning to read and this time I will, even if we don't choose it!

Posted by s-gang at 3:17 PM

July 8, 2008

If you can read this...

Well, Soxanne put me up to this, and I just couldn't resist...

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I agree with Soxanne, it's pretty funny!
I haven't the heart to see what level Ojo is. (Have I put any words in it at all???)

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