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New idea: Bring back these novels!

From: Joan P.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:23 PM

Our Novel Lovers book club has been meeting since February 6, 2011, discussing a novel a month. We've read some extraordinary books. Though some of you have been with us from the beginning, most of you joined later. Sometimes you suggest a book to me that we've already read.

Here's my new idea: For our December and January books, let's revisit two novels that we discussed in the past and want to reschedule.

This is your opportunity to discuss a book that you've wanted to read, but you joined our group later, or you had to miss that meeting. This is also a chance to get fresh viewpoints about a book that's worth rereading, if you've been with us all along.

How will it work? Below is the list of all the novels we've discussed since our first meeting,  from most recent to past. Email me (directly to [address removed], please), with up to 5 titles that you'd be delighted to revisit/reread/read for the first time. Don't number them -- your votes will have equal weight, so that I don't go crazy trying to tally them.

Important: please vote only if you'd really show up for the discussion. We have 113 members, most of whom have never attended a meeting. That's okay -- maybe you're waiting for just the right book, or just the right date. But please only participate in this "bring back these novels" vote if you plan to attend. (We haven't scheduled the dates for Dec. and Jan. yet -- if your attendance depends on how our scheduling fits yours, please include your date constraints in your email.)

Deadline for voting: October 5. You will NOT receive a reminder, so do it now if you don't need time to read samples, reviews, etc. We might or might not have a run-off vote, depending on how the voting goes.

NW by Zadie Smith
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
In One Person by John Irving
Familiar by J. Robert Lennon
If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
A Heart So White by Javier Marias
Love by Toni Morrison
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak discussion
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Great House by Nicole Krauss
(Scheduled, not yet read: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon; Save Your Own by Elisabeth Brink)

Isn't this the best idea I've had for a while? ;)

Joan Price


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