Suggestions for a Book Club, 3rd Edition

My Massachusetts Book Club honors me with occasional requests to suggest a title. This is Edition Three!

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The first time, I sug’d some lovely fiction choices and they chose HEFT by Liz Moore. I highly recommend the post about the books if you click on this link HERE. 

The second time, I suggested this list from which they choose State of Wonder.

Now, I get to do it again: Care’s BOOK CLUB FIVE. (Links to my goodreads bookshelf.) Or keep reading.

  1. My current book club is reading Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough which I chose because I had heard it has quite the #WTF ending. “…takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.” It sounded like a fun one just to have that reaction to discuss. The blurb reads like one crazy dramatic mess. At only 20% in, I’m reserving judgement but it is very much a setup for secrets and manipulation. It’s not quite sweeping me to that can’t-put-it-down place but I’m intrigued enough to finish it.  THIS IS THE BOOK CHOSEN FOR AN END OF JUNE DISCUSSION._______________________________________________
  2. The only nonfiction I’m suggesting this time is Trevor Noah’s  Born a Crime. I’m recommending it all over the place. It’s just fascinating, funny and heartbreaking, and delivered perfectly on audio. I very much recommend you listen to the audiobook – his voice is the whipped cream on that pie. __________________________________________________
  3. They have read The Underground Railroad so why not suggest another excellent slave narrative that was big for 2016:  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I enjoyed Homegoing more than TUR, I found Homegoing much easier to connect to the characters even if for so few pages each. They were alive to me, they lived and breathed and laughed and cried and I with them. I was into the swing through history and was captivated by the family thread. I recommend . ___________________________________________________
  4. The Mothers  by Brit Bennett was THE book of controversy from 2016 so I must suggest it for any book club. A book that pivots on a personal abortion but that issue is not the driving theme. Would you agree?   __________________________________________________
  5. Finally, I checked into hot reads from a few years back and found this: Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel. Go ahead and laugh at my review (here) because I titled it Station Ten and a Half.  Two years later, I appreciate the book more. I really can’t account how or why. Perhaps I should reread. Here’s a scary thought! I should reread all the books I have ever announced publicly that I want to reread!!!!  LOL. Great quote I grabbed for my 5 slice of pie review: “No one had any idea, it turned out. None of the older Symphony members knew much about science, which was frankly maddening given how much time these people had had to look things up on the Internet before the world ended.” (I just might reread it to see if it mentions pie.) __________________________________________________

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Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend as a book club read? Which would you most like to read? I will share which was chosen by the club as soon as I hear…

 

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Suggestions for a Book Club, Again

I love to recommend books and sometimes I know I hit home runs. I once casually suggested to a friend that she might enjoy The Count of Monte Cristo;

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and she did. She didn’t just love it, she told EVERYONE (via Facebook). THAT was a stunning success, in my mind.

So, when my lovely wonderful book club [that I moved away from when we decided to live in North Carolina] still has me on the docket to choose a book one month a year, I take it seriously.

The last time, I sug’d some lovely fiction choices and they chose HEFT by Liz Moore. I highly recommend the post about the books if you click on this link HERE. There, I include other links to sway you. Here’s hoping that you also decide to read ALL of these titles and thus enjoy.

Now, I get to do it again: Care’s BOOK CLUB FIVE.

Let’s start, shall we?

  1. March marchbygb by Geraldine Brooks. Pub’d in 2005, ~300 pages. I was first introduced to Ms. Brooks when I read A Year of Wonders for a (KCMO or Omaha?) book club long long ago. I loved it! So it is rather intriguing that it has taken me so long to get to this. I have had it on my tbr forever, it seems. Here’s a very compelling review from a prolific reader I follow on gr — she has amazing book taste and reviews with polish. What is fascinating to me is that some readers have found that March RUINS their memory and fondness for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I barely remember Little Women but I know I read it. And the four sisters are cultural icons so even if you haven’t read the book, you usually know of Meg and Jo and Amy and Beth and maybe also that it is set in Concord Mass. Maybe; me for sure! Just like I know about Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights even though I don’t remember if I actually read them – I know what they are about. [And yes, not being a re-reader much, I hesitate picking these up because I hate that deja vu feeling of thinking, “I have read this already…” It bothers me, I’m sorry.] _________________________________________________
  2. The Library at Mount Char tlamcbysh by Scott Hawkins. 2015, ~400 pages. Suggesting this because it is SO DIFFERENT! and an unlikely choice for most of the clubbers, methinks. Could be fun. I would say the three things it has going for it are: kickass-female-protagonist, set in a library woo hoo!, and a wild fast read. My review is here and if you don’t already realize, book covers on this page all link to respective blurbs in goodreads. __________________________________________________
  3. Crossing to Safety ctsbyws by Wallace Stegner. 1987, 350+ pages. Just a really good, really well-written, insightful book. I think many of my clubbers would appreciate this. My review is here. ___________________________________________________
  4. A Land More Kind Than Home almkthbywc by Wiley Cash. 2012, ~300 pages. This is the only book in this edition of Care’s Five that I have yet to read. One of my book clubs will be discussing this the first week of October so if chosen, we’ll ALL be reading it and that is always fun. Set in NC, “a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.”  <– so says the goodreads blurb which can be accessed by clicking on the book cover. __________________________________________________
  5. State of Wonder sowbyap by Ann Patchett. 2011, ~350 pages. A book I didn’t think I wanted to read but now am so glad I did — Hope Davis narrates the audiobook. It has tons of discussables; fertility, medical ethics, women in science. My review is here. I also present a video of the author explaining a bit about the book:  [Pssst – AP is my list of favorite authors…]

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I almost suggested Zola’s Germinal – our September Twitter Readalong – join us! #GerminalAlong

 

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Suggestions for a Book Club

Hello, this is a post in response to a very sweet request from my former book club. The book club I had to move away from when we took the job in North Carolina; the book club I miss, and one of a few reasons I am sad we had to leave Massachusetts.

This book club has a private group on Facebook and they recently posted:

Care, if you’re still interested, we need book choices from you for our January meeting. Let me know! 📚📚📚💕💕💕

Aw, how can I resist?

So. Looking back at my 2015 and forward through my tbr, I have selected these FIVE fiction titles for my friends from which to choose if they so desire. I will include my endorsement and a link to my review (if I’ve already read.)

  1. THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey. This is the book that my current NC club is reading. It comes highly recommended. I’m only a few pages in. I have until the first week of January to finish. Link to LitLovers (a great site to find book club discussion guides.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPSQM6_Lnc
  2. OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf. This is on the Tournament of Books long list and I have read some incredible reviews declaring it an amazing read. Note: I am captivated by the TOB set in March each year. I rarely read freshly published books so I even more rarely have read any of the books nominated to win the Rooster. But last year I did better than usual. This coming year, NONE! So I need to catch up. This book is less than 200 pages. Novellas, oh how I do love you… Link to Our Souls At Night guide at LitLovers.
  3. THE PAINTED VEIL by W.Somerset Maugham. I know that Gail will appreciate me offering a classic! This title will satisfy the CLOTHING category of the What’s in a Name Challenge 2016 and is also on my Classics Club 50. And I think it might be really good. AND there is a movie to watch after! (squeeeee). Read Karen and Amanda’s review here (Karen says it has LOTS of good discussion points). This is the link to the youtube movie trailer and even tho I entered it in just like I did the one above, it isn’t showing it the same and I can’t figure out why not. –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftkmhs8BEms
  4. DEATH IN THE GARDEN by Elizabeth Ironside. Finaly getting to the sugs that I have read; reviewed in October – it was for my neighborhood book club. I think it a very surprising book full of GREAT STUFF – marriage? women’s independence? MURDER! It’s a mystery/whodunnit – always fun! It’s smart writing and has that charming British wit. (but the kind that even dumb Americans like me ‘get’. And my review defines any unknown words so…) I highly recommend this! (Also, Ms. Ironside is interesting in her own right – look her up.)
  5. HEFT by Liz Moore. I just think many of the gals in the club will enjoy this book. I am not going to link to my review from August because it has spoilers SO you can click here to get to the LitLovers page or look for it yourself where ever you like to go to for reviews. I will share the last few lines of mine anyway, tho:  “This book had charm and grit and attempts to find the light when all you can see is the dark. You don’t have to like the characters; yes, they were flawed. They were real. I recommend this book. I recommend the audio. I will read more by this author.” Watch this, too – one of the best book trailers I’ve seen: (same with this one, why is it showing the html and not the image?!) –>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZcs-Jhdu2U

OK, I hereby present CARE’s BOOK CLUB FIVE. Maybe a new feature to be done every six months or so? I made a shelf in goodreads for this list, as well. Click away!

If you were to pick just ONE from this list, which would you choose and why?

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