Hi Joan-- My votes are: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The History of Love by Nicole Krauss THanks for this great idea for reading books again! Jesse
From: [address removed] To: [address removed] Subject: [Novel-Lovers-of-Sebastopol] New idea: Bring back these novels! Date: Tue, 17 Sep[masked]:23:11 -0400
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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Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (formerly Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!
We read contemporary novels, often those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time.
Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. We need an accurate count so that our host can set up enough chairs and I can bring badges with the right names.
Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a dollar or two towards the organizer dues. We look forward to talking books with you!