Book Discussion for "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Díaz

This is sure to be a heart-warming read. Please bring questions, thoughts, comments - no formal presentations are necessary, but do expect to engage in some active listening and conversation. As always, dissenting opinions and thoughts are welcome, but I do expect participants to be respectful of each other as they express them.


Here is a brief summary of the book:

"The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey's Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere - and to risk it all - in the name of love.

Now let's get to readin'!


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  • Brian

    This was a good book for discussion and great people to discuss if with. I look forward to meeting up again.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    Superb...

    August 18, 2013

  • lorena

    great!

    August 18, 2013

  • Nikolaus H.

    Sorry, not enough time to attend this event tomorrow

    August 17, 2013

  • Naina G.

    Read the book, but I probably won't be able to make it now :(

    August 17, 2013

  • Kimish

    Had planned something for the Sunday earlier and I just realized I had made it into RSVP. Unfortunately I can't attend now :(.

    August 17, 2013

  • Amy B.

    I was so looking forward to attending tomorrows discussion, but something just came up! Maybe next month!!!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, I can't be there for what has been my favorite book this year. I need to move apartments /: Maybe waitlisters could meet a week from now or so?

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If an alternative meet-up for the wait-listers at a neighboring table doesn't work, I say we crash the party! Who's with me on this? What's Val going to do--throw the book at us? Come to think of it, she probably would. Hey, can you get black-listed from these things?

    August 13, 2013

  • Nikolaus H.

    Does anyone want to suggest another Junot Diaz book? I read "Oscar Wao" last year and liked it, just looking for something good from the same author.

    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Drown has my vote.

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Scott-I dunno; any ideas?

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to go to choir rehearsal in SF at 4 so I will not be able to come. Hope someone snaps up my place. Am bummed as I did read the book and was looking forward to it.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone mentioned the idea of a meet-up for the wait-listers. I think that makes sense.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since folks are making book suggestions, anybody want to try Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog", or does that sound just too absurd with the time travel thnig?

    Or perhaps Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder"... let's go to the Amazon instead...

    July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I love time travel books.

      July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What IS the next book?

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was easily my favorite Junot Diaz book. So excited for the meeting (:

    July 28, 2013

  • Jeni

    I'm double booked :(

    July 27, 2013

  • lorena

    I would like to suggest "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten. What do you all think???

    July 26, 2013

  • Julia

    Diaz himself annotating some Oscar Wao -- http://rapgenius.com/kidskeya

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For everyone that's reading, this has been invaluable: http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com/

    July 23, 2013

  • Johanna L

    I looove this book and hope a space opens up!

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Kimish

    It would be great if you could open some more spots. I read it a while back and always wanted to what people thought about it.

    July 15, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      Nope - a 20+ book discussion would be totally nuts. Check back closer to the date though - people often cancel!

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    July 15, 2013

  • Brian

    I've been wanting to read this book for awhile. Looking forward to meeting everybody.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could come to this event although I'll be reading the book anyway! Thanks for the new title.

    1 · July 12, 2013

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