March Book Discussion: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Join the book discussion group this March for the chosen novel, On Beauty by Zadie Smith :


On Beauty is a 2005 novel by British author Zadie Smith. It takes its title from an essay by Elaine Scarry (On Beauty and Being Just).  Having hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this wise, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars-on both sides of the Atlantic-serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith's reputation as a major literary talent. On Beauty addresses ethnic and cultural differences, the nature of beauty, and the clash between liberal and conservative academic values. A short article in the Guardian has described it as a "transatlantic comic saga."


The novel was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize on September 8, 2005. Smith won the Orange Prize for Fiction in June 2006.- From Wikipedia and Amazon

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  • Jennifer

    Excellent, fun discussion. So-so book.

    March 17, 2014

  • Christy

    Proving you don't have to like a book to have an enjoyable discussion about it.

    March 17, 2014

  • Mark F.

    I'm really sorry I missed this one but I just wasn't able to get to that book. Looking forward to seeing you all in April!

    March 16, 2014

  • Caroline

    I'll get there early and save a table. For anyone who is new, when you go in the main entrance turn right and walk through to the last room. Hopefully I can find a table in there.

    March 15, 2014

  • Pete

    Only read a few chapters so far, so will pass.

    March 14, 2014

  • Janet

    I've never attended one of these events but I've been meaning to.. And I LOVED "On Beauty". I'll be there!

    March 5, 2014

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  • Dale
    2014 Supporting Member
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  • Lynette
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  • Christy
    2014 Supporting Member, Organizer
  • Abbi
    2014 Supporting Member

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