October Book Discussion: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

A Visit From The Goon Squad

National Bestseller
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

 

 

A Review of sorts.....

April 22, 2011

A “Goon Squad” Play List

Posted by Kate Bittman

96788491.JPGLike many people, I tend to judge more harshly books that have received copious amounts of attention. I like to root for the underdog. I wouldn’t say I’m a contrarian, but with all the wonderful lesser-known writers out there, I find it difficult when a really big book gets all the love. That said: I am one-hundred-per-cent with the band when it comes to Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad.” I’m joining the screaming masses. I could not be happier that the book won the both the the N.B.C.C. Award and the Pulitzer, and that Egan just closed a deal with HBO to turn the book into a series.

Despite or because of how much I loved “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” I found myself wondering how to do it justice, especially in light of my fellow clubbers’ utterly excellent takes: Jon’s reference to Jack Gilbert’s poem “After Love,” Sally’s comparison of the book to an album, and Vicky’s honest, lovely writing. So I did what this book is begging us to do, and I made a chapter-by-chapter playlist. It's based less on the content of each chapter than on the mood it stirred in me. I can only hope that it’s a worthy addition to all the brilliant Egan criticism out there.

Chapter 1, Found Objects: “Into My Arms,” Nick Cave
Chapter 2, The Gold Cure: “I Wanna Live,” The Ramones
Chapter 3, Ask Me If I Care: “Breakdown,” Tom Petty
Chapter 4, Safari: “Grand Canyon,” Magnetic Fields
Chapter 5, You (Plural): “Exile Vilify,” the National
Chapter 6, X’s and O’s: “Pan American Highway,” Frank Black & the Catholics
Chapter 7, A to B: “Beyond Belief,” Elvis Costello
Chapter 8, Selling the General: “And She Was,” Talking Heads
Chapter 9, Forty-Minute Lunch: Kitty Jackson Opens Up About Love, Fame, and Nixon!: “Goddess of Love,” Bryan Ferry
Chapter 10, Out of Body: “Paradise Circus,” Massive Attack
Chapter 11, Good-bye, My Love: “Nothingman,” Pearl Jam
Chapter 12, Great Rock and Roll Pauses: “Mother of Pearl,” Roxy Music (part of me feels I should have chosen the Doobie Brothers “Long Train Runnin’,” though, for obvious reasons)
Chapter 13, Pure Language: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Jimi Hendrix

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  • Abbi

    So sorry to miss yet again.

    October 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    So disappointed, but I wasn't able to make headway on the book. I look forward to reading next month's selection, has it been selected yet? Enjoy!

    October 25, 2013

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