Hey Midtown Book Club Readers!
Due to all the sad lamenting emails I received about Halloween busyness, colds, but a real desire to get together and read this book, I am simply doing a rerun for November: Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout.
This is kind of a delayed organization of a meeting for this month but perhaps all of the people that were going to attend last month have already
read enough of the book that it won't take a lot of time out of their November schedules to finish it for an awesome discussion at the end of this month!
And for anyone who hasn't cracked this book open I recommend you give it a try. It is a little dark, but written in such an interesting and unique way, with refreshing content. Strout gives us an especially voyeuristic reading experience; showing us pieces of various people's lives in a small town in Maine, which all in some way have intersected with the main character: Olive Kitteridge.
Strout makes her plot more out of the internal monologues of her characters, than the more conventional event driven plot in most novels. We see life from the perspective of an elderly woman, refreshing in itself, Olive Kittridge, a very multidimensional character a very real character. All of this makes this novel great for a discussion!
Let's get together on November 26 and share our thoughts and have fun! (This book has been suggested quite often over the last 5 years of The Midtown Book Club.) Olive Kittridge is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Please give input as to whether you would be interested in having a book club meeting in December.
Also, post your book suggestions for our next Meeting whether it be in December or January. It should be nonfiction for that next meeting after November.
This is your chance to discuss a book of your choice that you would like to
talk with folks about!
Please enter your book suggestions on the Message Board under, “Book Suggestions October 2013“. Or
just weigh in on the suggestions that have already been made there. I have
begun a list there of books that have been suggested repeatedly in the 5+ years
of this book club, but for one reason or another we have never read.
Procedure for picking a book for the month I simply
pick the most popular of your titles suggested. If one title doesn’t come up
that much more frequently than any others, then I put more weight on book
titles proposed by members that have attended repeatedly. Whether a member has
paid dues can be a tiebreaker at times. Thanks, everyone, who has taken care of
that, by the way!
Guideline for book suggesting We alternate between fiction and nonfiction in the Midtown Book Club. We also tryto just mix it up a little bit, in general, by not picking a book that has too
many similarities with the one we just finished; i.e. setting, genre, the mood
(dark and serious etc.), or even the length.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!