Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone [link to Amazon]: "follows twin brothers Marion and Shiva Stone, born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. They are orphaned at a young age and must learn to navigate the world together as they grow up in Ethiopia on the brink of a revolution. The twins' story swings from Addis Ababa to New York City and explores the themes of family, betrayal, health care, everyday magic and the way that two lives can forever intertwine." - NPR Book Club  

Hear this interview with the author: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIBe_iwx5PY

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  • Linda H.

    Love – Toni Morrison
    Swamplandia – Karen Russell
    The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
    The Story of Beautiful Girl – Rachel Simon
    The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
    A Happy Marriage – Rafael Yglesias
    I am the Messenger – Marcus Zusak
    Case Histories – Kate Atkinson
    Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
    Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
    The History of Love – Nicholas Krauss
    A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
    Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
    Water for Elephants
    Room
    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
    The Help
    Great House

    1 · November 26

    • Joan P.

      Linda, I'm so grateful that you did this -- but please don't put it here, where few will find it. Go to our message board for topics of ongoing interest. Start a new thread for "books we've read together" or something like that.

      1 · November 27

  • Linda H.

    One final message.....I really like the book club meetings...the only disappointment is that they are only once a month. I wonder if there are people who would be interested in meeting for a lunch or a dinner midway through the month. We could get to know each other a little better and talk about what ever....

    Linda

    1 · November 26

    • Joan P.

      Linda, we're already talking about this on the message board. Click "discussions,"­ then "message board." If you put a comment under a past meeting, few people will see it.

      November 27

  • Linda H.

    At our meeting we were given several suggestions for books, one was The Sparrow.....there is more than one novel by this title on Amazon....I did not record the author, can someone give me the authors name?

    Thanks,
    Linda Herman

    November 26

  • Linda H.

    NW – Zadie Smith
    Short Stories – Eisenberg, McFarland, Englander
    The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan=Philipp Sendker
    Arcadia – Lauren Groff
    Short Stories – Carver, Klam, Diaz
    Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
    The Orchardist – Amanda Coplin
    Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
    Short Stories – Saunders, Oates, Paley
    In One Person – John Irving
    Short Stories: The News from Spain – Joan Wickersham
    Familiar – J. Robert Lennon
    If You Follow Me – Malena Watrous
    Short Stories – Boyle, Orringer, Lahiri
    Let The Great World Spin – Colum McCann
    Short Stories – Wolff, Beattie, Gaitskill
    The Lost Memory of Skin – Russell Banks
    Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
    A Heart So White – Javier Marias

    November 26

  • Linda H.

    Hi, At our meeting I said I would make a list of previous novels that the club has read that are listed on Meetup. Here they are in several lists as there is a letter limit for messages:

    Novel List

    Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
    The Gift of Rain - Ran Twan Eng
    Dirty Love - Andre Dubus III (4 novellas)
    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchel
    The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
    The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
    Tenth of December – George Saunders
    The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud
    The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
    The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
    Lives of Girls and Women – Alice Munro
    Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
    Save Your Own – Elizabeth Brink
    The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Michael Chabon

    November 26

  • Melanie (.

    Nice to meet everyone, it was a great book and a wonderful group.

    November 23

  • Joan P.

    I wanted to move in with a sleeping bag and talk all night. What a smart, insightful, and sweet group of book lovers we have!

    November 23

  • obewan

    Thank you so much for choosing this book. Loved the range of discussion. I suppose it's a good thing the meeting is limited to 2 hrs because these discussions could easily go all night and not run out of insights. As usual, Joan did a great job of keeping us on target.

    1 · November 23

  • Linda H.

    Great way to spend the afternoon, I am so glad that I have joined.

    November 23

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    a great discussion, as usual!

    1 · November 23

  • Patti C.

    This meeting was (once again) a joy!

    1 · November 23

  • Martha S.

    What better way to spend a Sunday? Great book, great conversation, great people. Many thanks to everyone.

    1 · November 23

  • sharon h.

    Thanks so much Joan, I just returned from a very nice visit. It's day to day - but that is all we have anyway.

    1 · November 22

  • sharon h.

    I am so very sorry to once again change my RSVP but my father has become seriously ill. Thank you

    November 17

    • Joan P.

      Our best wishes to you and your father, Sharon.

      November 22

  • Joan P.

    I just sent out Cheryl's address, 11/17, 4:45 pm. If you RSVP after that, please email me for the address.

    November 17

  • Janine A.

    So sorry, unable to attend due to family from out of state coming to visit. Thank you!

    November 17

  • Melissa M.

    I am sorry to say that I just found out I have to work Sunday. Please enjoy the book without me, and congrats to whomever made it off the wait list!!

    November 17

  • Christine O.

    I am 2/3 through Cutting for Stone, and must say I haven't read a book I've enjoyed this much for a long time. Thank you Obewan for suggesting, and to the group for choosing. I love this book group!

    1 · November 13

  • Cathy

    I loved this book. Will enjoy rereading for chance to discuss. Haven't been to one of these in a long time

    1 · August 31

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