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Carpe Cappuccino: What are you reading? (the prequel)

Come join us for a informal evening of book browsing and conversation. 

We'll start off at the Harvard Book Store.  








After some time browsing the books, picking up some new purchases, we'll wonder down to 40 Brattle street for a hot chocolate, a tea, a cappuccino, or some other delight that Algiers Coffee House offers.  Algiers offers sandwiches, salads, lamb kabob, besbousa, french toast,, moelettes, etc.


What new titles tempted you at the bookstore?


Here will have a fun time socializing, discussing what we've enjoyed reading, etc.

What is your favorite new author?   What are some of the first books you read that pulled you into worlds hidden inside books?    What types of books to you seek out most?  Biographies?  Novels?    Classics?    Or?

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  • Bob

    Great, picked up a couple of good books including The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, and got the low down on Caitlan Moran! "How to Become a Woman" A funny, fascinating read.

    November 4, 2012

  • Sandra

    I love 19th-century English and French novels. Balzac, Austen, and the Brontes are the best. Last year, I read Jane Eyre again after many years, before the new film came last year-such a great book. Has anyone heard of How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran? I have just finished this, and it is a hilarious and contemporary take on feminism (no men hating or negative vibes here).

    November 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just read Jane Eyre again recently after watching the movie - and was so dissatisfied after the movie I had to get the book! Which was of course so much more fulfilling. I enjoy Austen too.

      1 · November 1, 2012

    • Sandra

      I agree. The book is so much better. It is really hard to do justice to a 19th-century novel in a 2 hour film.

      November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - what time are we planning to be at Algiers? Just in case I have to miss the bookshop part.

    October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    David Millar -- Dostoevsky is indeed hard to beat, but there are some rather wonderful contemporary authors as well, though perhaps none will have the extensive character lists that Russian novels have! :^}

    Did you mean Franzen's "Freedom"? If so, it's worth sticking to.

    How about Wally Lamb's "I Know This Much Is True"? Or Carlos Eyres' "Waiting for Snow in Havana"? Or Mary Gordon's "Spending"? I am sure you'll be able to find some other authors whose work draws you in, though you may always be partial to the Russians.

    October 29, 2012

  • Deb

    No doubt my 'must read list' will grow post this event. Looking forward to it!

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right now I'm reading "The Gambler" (Fyodor's, not Kenny's). I've been struggling to find anyone who thrills me the way that Dostoyevsky (C&P, The B's K, N's from U) and Tolstoi (AK, W&P) do. I tried Jonathan Franzen's last one but quit after a few chapters. Blech.

    I tried Beautiful Forevers. Not sure why I quit - it was very good. Just didn't hold me. Marilyn Robinson's "Gilead" came close. I love that book. And Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe novels spoke to me. Should I give Canada a try? Maybe Michael Chabon?

    Or maybe I ought to just suck it up and read Fyo' and Leo all over again. I don't know why, but I don't think I've ever read a book twice.


    1 · October 3, 2012

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