Eat Cake!

I will have to believe that you have all dutifully abstained from anything resembling a King Cake until the ONLY appropriate time to partake—and so here is my King’s Day gift to you… a trio of prize-winning reading selections to launch our year of spirited literary soirees.  You are the winners, because as you celebrate the start of our carnival season, you can turn page after page while you nibble on your preferred local delicacy—which is your favorite?  (I am still nostalgic for the old McKenzie king cake, but very happy to slice into the praline version at Maple Street Patisserie.)

For January 28, we will read Tenth of December by George Saunders

National Book Award Finalist, one of 10 best by New York Times Book Review
“One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. … Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.  Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should ‘prepare us for tenderness.’”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/books/tenth-of-december-stories-by-george-saunders.html?_r=0

 

As previously revealed, the February title is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  And for March we will read The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Remember:  If you get the baby, you buy the next cake!

 

 

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  • Lisa P.

    Thanks for the great discussion, as always. Lorraine, that was one of the best king cake's I've had yet!

    January 30, 2014

  • George G.

    I look forward to the next!

    January 30, 2014

  • Lori N.

    Interesting perspectives y'all!

    January 29, 2014

  • Brigid L.

    Can't make it tonight, sorry!

    January 29, 2014

  • Isabel R.

    Too bad I will have to miss this! I really loved some of the stories! Hope everyone has a great discussion

    January 27, 2014

  • Bridget C.

    I'll have to miss it this month... I couldn't have made either reschedule date, though (I'm on limited car access and full-time mom duty while Justin is working on a film set)... have a great discussion, everyone! Let me know what the general consensus on the book is after the meetup (I'm curious which stories in the book get the best and worst reception, too)

    January 27, 2014

  • Lisa P.

    Thanks for sorting out the new date, Lorraine! Always difficult to reschedule, much appreciated.

    January 27, 2014

  • Lorraine L.

    We'll be meeting on Wednesday. So very sorry about those who cannot make it. See the rest of you soon.

    January 27, 2014

  • Lori N.

    I'm good either day. Just let me know.

    January 27, 2014

  • Isabel R.

    I vote for the 4th!

    January 27, 2014

  • Caryn S.

    Either rescheduled date works for me.

    January 27, 2014

  • Elsa S

    I vote 29th - just found out I have to work night of the 4th since we are rescheduling a work event.

    January 27, 2014

  • Brigid L.

    I can't do the 29th. I can do the 4th but I'm ok missing this time if necessary.

    January 27, 2014

  • Lisa P.

    cannot do 4th , would prefer this Wednesday. would hate to miss it!

    January 27, 2014

  • George G.

    My vote is for the fourth!

    January 27, 2014

  • Ann Giardina M.

    The 28th is my daughter's first birthday, so I won't be able to attend. But I will get a head start on The Goldfinch! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and Iwill see you in February.

    January 4, 2014

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