The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks

New York Times: "destined to be a canonical novel of its time... This book expresses the conviction that we live in perilous, creepy times. We toy recklessly with brand-new capacities for ruination. We bring the most human impulses to the least human means of expressing them, and we may not see the damage we do until it becomes irrevocable. Mr. Banks, whose great works resonate with such heart and soul, brings his full narrative powers to bear on illuminating this still largely unexplored new terrain."

Washington Post: "ambitious and often compelling — a book that works with important ideas about the way we’re reshaping our lives in the Internet age, while being reshaped ourselves, spiritually, sexually."

NPR: "If you're going to read it, you're the one who will have to "cross over" to Banks' world, and it ain't very pretty on his side of the social divide."

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  • Shawna

    While I didn't actually love the book, I consider it an important read -- one that has the potential to profoundly change your thinking.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for passing it on; the book sounds really interesting. I'm sorry I found out too late to come.

    November 23, 2012

  • Joan P.

    Here's a 13-min. PBS interview with the author: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2011/09/extended-interview-russell-banks-on-lost-memory-of-skin.html. He states that one of his themes is "the unintended consequences of good intentions."

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • Joan P.

    Here's a 6-minute interview with Russell Banks discussing this novel: http://youtu.be/XJmrKoMDApg. Hope you can listen before our discussion.

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • Joyce

    Sorry I can't make it this month. See you all in December.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to come to the book club meeting this month but just joined and haven't got the book. I hope to come next time.

    November 17, 2012

  • Joan P.

    Please note date change. I know this is the end of Thanksgiving weekend, but I have an out of town speaking gig the earlier weekend. Hope you can still make it to this one.

    1 · October 10, 2012

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