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November Book of the Month: The Pleasure of my Company by Steve Martin

I had a list of books for November, including member suggestions from our last meeting, however I ran into issues with their availability at the library. They're still in my queue but I'd like to get a better idea of how people aquire books and see if we should stick to things that are readily available at the library (which would exclude many popular books with long waiting lists, and less popular books with only one copy). Feel free to contact me with any thoughts on this issue.

For November we will be reading The Pleasure of my Company by Steve martin. Yes, that Steve Martin. While Shopgirl got a lot of notice thanks to the movie version, personally I think this is a much better novel and is quite a surprise to those who are not familiar with Mr. Martin's writing talents.


Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy ear plugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced Philipa, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and might never have won the Most Average American essay contest.

In The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin's second novel, all of the enjoyments of the critically acclaimed bestseller Shopgirl are present: the tender portrayal of loneliness and love; a character's quest to reach out and engage the world; as well as laugh-out-loud humor and language that is brilliantly inventive. But in the story of Daniel Pecan Cambridge and the people who inhabit the insular universe he is seeking to expand—if only one small square at a time—Steve Martin has achieved something extraordinary: the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free.

There are at least 4 copies available at the library, and the paperback version is less than $5 at Amazon.

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  • Rach

    I'm having the hardest time getting into the book. Does it get more engaging and less fragmented?

    November 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm just not able to get into this right now...'a note' I would expect Woody Allen to write this way...he seems to just be this kind of personality. Also, I have a client who sells books...and in the future...we might be able to see if she can help us obtain books.

      November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll check to see if the book is available.......

    November 16, 2012

  • Chad

    FYI, if anyone has a Kindle and is an amazon prime member, this book is available for free from the Amazon Lending Library.

    2 · October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love ordering from Amazon, but I also use which looks thru several sites for the cheapest price. Sometimes carrying a book is a bit awkward so I have begun using the iPad more since I use it for work too. That way I always have the book with me.

    October 28, 2012

  • Cynthia K.

    I like to get my books at that way I can pass them along when I am done. Amazon usually has the best prices too.

    October 28, 2012

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