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scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:13 AM

SELECTION

Are we going to select a book to read? I have several that I would love to discuss in the book club forum.

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:21 AM

I am willing and open to suggestions. I belong to 2 local book clubs, one we read whatever we want and the other we all read the same book. What are your suggestions?

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 7:12 AM

Maybe a mystery like Agatha Christie. Dean Koontz thrillers are usually great.

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 11:35 PM

If you would like a mystery or suspense, that would be fine. I don't really do much scary or sci-fi (Koontz or King) but I am open to other specific suggestions.

Or we could do Olive Kitteridge (a newer Pulitzer winner novel) by Elizabeth Strout. I have to read it for a book club and this is a literary review of it:

Thirteen linked tales from Strout present a heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection. The opening Pharmacy focuses on terse, dry junior high-school teacher Olive Kitteridge and her gregarious pharmacist husband, Henry, both of whom have survived the loss of a psychologically damaged parent, and both of whom suffer painful attractions to co-workers. Their son, Christopher, takes center stage in A Little Burst, which describes his wedding in humorous, somewhat disturbing detail, and in Security, where Olive, in her 70s, visits Christopher and his family in New York. Strout's fiction showcases her ability to reveal through familiar details—the mother-of-the-groom's wedding dress, a grandmother's disapproving observations of how her grandchildren are raised—the seeds of tragedy. Themes of suicide, depression, bad communication, aging and love, run through these stories, none more vivid or touching than Incoming Tide, where Olive chats with former student Kevin Coulson as they watch waitress Patty Howe by the seashore, all three struggling with their own misgivings about life. Like this story, the collection is easy to read and impossible to forget. Its literary craft and emotional power will surprise readers unfamiliar with Strout.

so, what do you suggest?

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 9:48 AM

That sounds good. Let's do that one. My public has it so I will put it on hold.

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 10:18 AM

sounds great...I'm pretty lucky this book club is at my public lib. and they supply the book. At the end, you can keep the book or donate it back. (what I usually do). How long do we want to give ourselves? 3 weeks or so?

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 1:33 PM

Sounds good. Mine is still on hold though so I can't make any promises.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 24th Jul '09 9:39 AM

I picked the book up from the library yesterday. I hope to start reading this weekend after my living book club book. I am working now so don't have as much time to read but I look forward to reading this.

jslem
Jslem  (Level: 78.0 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 11:37 PM

Scifidwarf,
Have you read Olive Kitteridge yet? Let me know how it is going.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 11:39 PM

I started reading it but could not get into it. I thought it was very slow. I have had little time to read though so I might it enjoy more when I can actually sit and read it. Did you read it?


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