New Meetup: March Book Club Meeting

From: Nerida
Sent on: Saturday, March 13, 2010 2:32 PM
Announcing March Book Club Meeting for Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club!

When: Saturday, March 27, 2010 2:00 PM
Where: Grumpys Green 125 Smith Street Fitzroy


For the March meeting we have two nominated books to read and discuss ?

?The Bell Jar? by Sylvia Plath
?When You Are Engulfed in Flames? David Sedaris

If you have time and energy, please read both ? you might need the more entertaining Sedaris book to raise your spirits after reading of Plath?s downward spiral. Otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in!

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal, there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the book of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.


?The Bell Jar? tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s.

A group of young women came from across the United States to New York in 1953 to work as guest editors at Mademoiselle magazine. Chosen from 1,500 applicants, they lived for the month of June at the Barbizon Hotel for Women at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, now the Melrose, as each pursued her dream of becoming a writer, an artist or both. The group included Sylvia Plath, who immortalized the guest editor program in her autobiographical novel, ''The Bell Jar.'' Some of the others were the real-life inspirations for some of its characters.

The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.

?When You Are Engulfed in Flames? is a book about David Sedaris?s midlife crisis. He was in his 30s when he was discovered and ever since he has presented himself as a childish genius perpetually late to the literary scene and forever mini-crisis prone. With four best sellers, endless paid lecture opportunities and 30-city tours ? it?s taken his 50th birthday to alert Peter Pan to the onset of maturity. He tallies up the last 25 years, the prime of his life, and isn?t impressed by the sum: ?How had 9,125 relatively uneventful days passed so quickly,? he writes, ?and how can I keep it from happening again??

With Sedaris in this state of mind, the centerpiece of the book should have been an obvious gimme: a diary of his quest to quit smoking. Even in a more frivolous mood, Sedaris on kicking the habit should be pretty much the best thing ever.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Around-Fitzroy-Collingwood-Book-Club/calendar/12864244/

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