March Book Club Meeting: The Tiger's Wife By Téa Obreht,

Update: I'm very excited to be reading "The Tiger's Wife" for this meeting! As another bonus, Mollie and Karin have offered to co-moderate our discussion! In the words of the great Charlie Sheen, "winning!"

Thanks again ladies :-D

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Hey everyone, we'll open the voting poll in just a couple of days (by Wednesday, 1/9) for the March book pick, for now let me know of your suggestions in the comments below and I'll add them to the voting queue

For all those who attended, don't worry I've noted all of the suggestions already thrown out, specifically: Far From the Tree / The Second Daughter / The Leftovers / The Marriage Plot / Fieldwork: A Novel / The Sparrow / The Braindead Megaphone

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  • Matthias

    I mentioned a Harper's Magazine article I'd read by Téa Obrecht about Balkan vampires; here's a link. Harper's only posts excerpts publicly, and since I'm not a subscriber anymore I can't get at the full text; but if this strikes your interest, your public library should have the issue (and I hear some libraries have magazine content available online). http://harpers.org/archive/2010/11/twilight-of-the-vampires/

    March 3, 2013

    • Ana M.

      I read this and honestly all that sunk in is that this woman's job is to write and travel....FML

      March 5, 2013

    • Matthias

      Well, that's probably how it works if you're a good writer and you can get a magazine like Harper's to pay you for stuff like that. I think the full article had rather more about vampires and less about privileged journalist lifestyles.

      March 6, 2013

  • Troy F.

    Ana, MY BAD for missing today! I felt so bad! (But secretly, completelyyyyyyyyy disliked the Tiger's Wife (respected it but just didn't like it), so that is why.

    And "The Sparrow" Reallllly? I won't be making next month's either then :( :( :( Out of all the books, that one was at the rock bottom of my choices. Oh well, perhaps I am missing out though?! But still have zero interest in that book.

    Hope today's meeting was great. I am sure it was!! Hello everyone and until May, be safe!

    Cheers!

    - Troy

    March 3, 2013

    • Ana M.

      Listen here you token-man-at-book-club..­...

      March 5, 2013

    • Matthias

      Ouch. BURN.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sad that I've missed the past two meetings, but I'm on for April for sure!!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Shai S.

    The conversation was great, I'm glad I went! Really helped me figure out the book better.

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Ana M.

      Thanks for the very nice group feedback Shai :-)

      March 3, 2013

    • Matthias

      Glad you were there, Shai. It was touch and go on the menfolk for a while this week.

      March 3, 2013

  • Troy F.

    Ana, thanks for posting the "possibles" for March. I just did a review. Here r the three that I'd have an interest in reading out the seven (and I am sure the other four are great too, but just throwing out my two cents:

    The Marriage Plot OR The Braindead Megaphone are my top choices. The Second Daughter seems like it might be great as well. Did you get to check out "This is how you lose her" by Junot Diaz? From the first page, it has the potential to be HILARIOUS. There's a lot of noise about it as well. I'd say this should go onto the short list for March or April. Far from the tree - wasn't interested but then it looked great once I researched it - but 600 or 700 pages long? Yikes.

    Leftovers - not my thing, but see the book in the book stores all the time!

    Fieldwork - sounds like it might be interesting and well written, but so, so many books to read...

    Sparrow - not sure...

    Thx to everyone for bringing all these suggestions to my attention!

    Cheers!

    February 13, 2013

    • Ana M.

      You should have been at the meeting today and spoken up for "This is How You Lose her" at the vote Troy! Next time! For April we selected "The Sparrow" instead....

      March 3, 2013

  • Beth

    Sorry I'm not feeling that well this morning so I won't be able to join you guys. But I hope to meet you all at the next meeting.

    March 3, 2013

    • Ana M.

      Feel better Beth!

      March 3, 2013

  • Jules

    I like several books, but I think the idea of having an author come to book club when we read their book is very intriguing, so I would vote double for that one if I could.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I am new to the area and looking to double down on meeting new people and reading good books. I guess this is the correct approach, right? Looking forward to it!

    1 · February 9, 2013

    • Ana M.

      Doubling down is ALWAYS a good idea James :-)

      February 13, 2013

  • Ana M.

    Hey everyone, just shut down the poll with a victory for "Tiger's Wife" - as always, let me know if you have any questions / suggestions / concerns!

    January 22, 2013

  • Shai S.

    I'd vote for The Marriage Plot, I've heard it's great!

    January 14, 2013

  • Jules

    I like several books, but I think the idea of having an author come to book club when we read their book is very intriguing, so I would vote double for that one if I could.

    January 10, 2013

  • Ana M.

    Last plug on "Second Daughter" for the March book on behalf of the author who has offered to join our meetup meeting for the discussion of the book if we want (www.theseconddaughter.com)

    January 9, 2013

  • Ana M.

    Hi all - the March poll has now been posted! Please vote by the end of the week. Due to space limits in both the poll and the text here, all options are described in a separate file - go to "More" In the blue tab above, select "file" and then open the March word document. Let me know if you have any questions!

    January 9, 2013

    • Lauren

      Hi Ana, I think the George Saunders book in the poll is the one I mentioned, not the one Mike wanted to nominate? I could be wrong (and I'd love to read more Saunders), but I just wanted to throw that out there.

      January 9, 2013

    • Ana M.

      Good point - Mike speak up now on what book you meant or forever hold your peace :-D

      January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two suggestions from my side: Cutting for Stone and The Tiger's Wife... But the above-mentioned books sound great too!

    January 7, 2013

    • Ana M.

      awesome, will add those to the list! Have been meaning to read Tiger's Wife since it came out...

      January 8, 2013

  • Lauren

    The Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier. Here's a description I found: From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out.

    January 7, 2013

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