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February Ballot

A former member
Post #: 25
I am now accepting nominations for our next ballot. Here are some basic guidelines:

The book must be less than 600 pages.
The book must be available in paperback.
No more than 3 nominations per reader.
The book must not have been on any previous ballots within past year (this guideline allows us to discover new books!)
Selections posted by readers who have been to at least one meetup will be given priority if more than 15 nominations are submitted (this guideline has been put in place to encourage attendance).

Please reply directly to this message to nominate your selections. If you have troubles with this - please email me directly.

Thanks!

Hillary
A former member
Post #: 26
From Thomas:

"Lord of the Flies"- William Golding
"The Great Gatsby"-William Golding
"The Sun Also Rises"-Ernest Hemingway
A former member
Post #: 6
"THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB" by Will Schwalbe
"What are you reading?”
That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.
This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage, expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.
Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page.

"Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.
With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes
The 2011 Man Booker Prize winner. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels. In addition to the Booker Prize, his other honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.
Mary A.
user 11728403
Redwood City, CA
Post #: 15
Aleph - by Paulo Coelho
The Age of Miracles - by Karen Thompson Walker
Girlchild - by Tupelo Hassman
A former member
Post #: 1
Nausea, by John-Paul Sartre
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace
The Joke, Milan Kundera
A former member
Post #: 5
The Revolving Boy by Gertrude Friedberg

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
Stan B.
user 62498232
Panama City, FL
Post #: 1
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
A New York Times Bestseller, A Suspenseful, deeply haunted book.
It's bewitching!

When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
"One stormy tale....terrifically exciting and unapologetically relevant"
A tale of the Channel Islands off the coast from Santa Barbara
Jen O.
user 67721092
Redwood City, CA
Post #: 1
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers. With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, and an enduring masterpiece.

At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small-town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Brilliantly attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated--and, through Mick Kelly, to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Mr Penunmbra's 24hr Bookstore, Robin Sloan

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