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TELEGRAPH AVENUE by MICHAEL CHABON

“An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

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  • Richard K.

    I truly enjoyed the lively dialog and the range of well articulated opinions on the content of this book and the possible intentions of the author. I'm glad the group is interested in everyone's opinion and alternative interpretations - that makes for a good book club.

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Peter

      I agree. We're fortunate to have a great group of members that enjoy participating and get real pleasure from their literature.

      April 25, 2013

  • Phyllis

    We had members who were die-hard fans of the author like Richard to those who read the author for the first time and liked him to some who -- just couldn't get into the book. It made for a rousing discussion.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Cathy W.

    Great discussion,

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did read it despite not making the meeting. I loved it! So funny. My only small criticism was that he felt the need to wrap the ending up with a tidy little bow. Overall, though, it makes my top 5 books I've read in the last 12 months.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Peter

    Generally, the book was very well received. Well written, original, interesting and innovative descriptive language. An homage to Quentin Tarantino? A reflection on changing times? The power of fatherhood? A true community based on older values? Possibly all the above!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! Forgot to un-yes!!!

    April 24, 2013

  • Christine

    Second book I couldn't finish :( on page 246... Ill go for the wine and company :)

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Tod M.

    Looks like I read next month's book by accident!! Have a good meeting, y'all.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found out I have to work. I was really looking forward to this one! Next time!

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Read the Yiddish Policeman's Union last year and loved it so I gave the book to my yiddish dad...who hated it. Still don't understand why... Looking forward to talking about this book!

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Peter

      Have him try "Hope, a Tragedy" by Shalom Auslander. About a man with many troubles in his life, not least the fact that he has discovered, in the attic of the house he has just bought, an old lady, apparently living there, who thinks she is Ann Frank!

      April 23, 2013

  • Clay W.

    My schedule for that night just changed -- sorry to miss.

    April 16, 2013

  • Meera

    Hi - newbie to the group and I won't be able to read the book in a week (just joined), but I'm looking forward to attending future Wednesday events!

    April 16, 2013

    • Peter

      Hi Meera, Sorry but fully understand that you can't attend the next meeting but looking forward to seeing you at future events.

      April 16, 2013

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