Nerds Read Books: "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon

The votes are in, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning book coming in with the most is "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon! The venue this time around will be Morey's Place, which has a solid 4 stars on Yelp.

During the event, we'll eat some tasty food and go through discussion questions on the book, which I'll send out a day or two before we meet.

For our September event, we'll celebrate the ladies and read a book by a woman author. Feel free to send suggestions for the book you want to read, or bring them to the Meetup. I'll set up a poll after the event so we can decide which book to delve into.

Back to our Pulitzer-winning selection, though. Here's a description of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" from Amazon.com:

“A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age."

The attendance policy will be in place for this event. Hope you can make it!

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  • Jen W.

    Links to books I was recommending:

    Sight Hound: http://amzn.to/1evtdY7
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: http://amzn.to/9yViIe
    The Omnivore's Dilemma: http://amzn.to/4yZs5
    Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: http://amzn.to/19QpNS7
    Kushiel's Dart: http://amzn.to/15gd9DY
    The Execution Channel: http://amzn.to/16DdMML

    August 8, 2013

    • Katie

      Thanks, Jen!

      August 8, 2013

  • Jen W.

    Interesting additional info from Wikipedia: "The novel's publication was followed by several companion projects, including two short stories published by Chabon that consist of material apparently written for the novel but not included: "The Return of the Amazing Cavalieri" in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (2001), and "Breakfast in the Wreck" in The Virginia Quarterly Review (2004). In 2004, a semi-epilogue to the novel was published separately under the title "A Postscript", in Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950. From 2004 to 2006, Dark Horse Comics published two series of Escapist comic books based on the superhero stories described in the novel, some of which were written by Chabon. Comic book 1: http://amzn.to/196eVMU
    Comic book 2: http://amzn.to/19QnYEz
    Comic book 3: http://amzn.to/1cO388F

    Dark Horse comics also published a semi-sequel to the novel, The Escapists, written by Brian K. Vaughan."

    http://amzn.to/133Jxzl

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's no way I'm going to finish the book in time (slight problem: haven't started it yet...), so I'll have to miss out this time. Sorry!

    August 6, 2013

    • Katie

      @ Carissa -- Thanks for letting me know. Hope to see you at another book event!

      August 8, 2013

  • Karina P.

    I am very sorry about last minute but my company is going through quarter end and I have to stay late tonight. Monday I worked 17 hours! I am not sure of when I'll be done. :-( This was going to be my first book meetup.

    August 7, 2013

    • Katie

      @ Karina -- It's OK ... I know how work gets crazy busy sometimes. Hope you can make it out to another book event :-).

      1 · August 8, 2013

  • Katie

    Thanks for coming, Jen and Caitlin! Had a great time chatting with you and discussing the book.

    August 8, 2013

  • Katie

    I just sent out an email with info about tonight's event. If you didn't get it, just send me a message through Meetup or let me know via this comments section, and I'll forward the email to you.

    August 7, 2013

  • Katie

    Hey all! I'll email my cell number and the discussion questions to you in the morning. Looking forward to seeing you all!

    August 7, 2013

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