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March Main Meetup

Another great meetup with 'Lean In' promoting a lot of discussion and with many people finding 'The Rosie Project' a fun easy read. Now on to this months choices which have both receives excellent reviews.

Stoner by John Williams - Nominated by Steve

Have you read the novel everyone is talking about about? Stoner: the 2013 surprise international bestseller William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. Later, he becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.

Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle by Michael Booth - Nominated by Sue

The whole world wants to learn the secrets of Nordic exceptionalism: why are the Danes the happiest people in the world, despite having the highest taxes? If the Finns really have the best education system, how come they still think all Swedish men are gay? Are the Icelanders really feral? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastical oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes?

Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear.

In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades.

They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

Sue has kindly sourced the cheapest option for this book and posted it in our discussion board. Waterstones online is the cheapest option at £11.99. If you do have a kindle it is cheaper from Amazon currently £6.64.

Happy reading and looking forward to next month.

Other Nominated Books

On Beauty - Zadie Smith
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ - Jose Saramago
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys - Marina Chapman & Vanessa James
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom - Slavomir Rawicz
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfield
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
12 Year a Slave - Solomon Northup

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  • Sally k.

    Hi Rachel. Am I attending modays book club ?

    March 10, 2014

  • Rachel H

    I have just realised that I have not specified exactly where in Grosvenor cafe we meet. We will be in the projection room to the left side of the cafe as you come in through the main doors. Looking forward to seeing you all. Rachel

    March 10, 2014

  • julia

    Got one of the books but haven't had time to read it so Im pulling out of tonights meetup.Enjoy

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I am so sorry I am not able to make it to the march meet up. I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

    Jacqueline

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can no longer make it :( I hope you all enjoyed the books, have fun discussing them.

    March 9, 2014

  • Jim & Vivienne M.

    If there is a problem with too many people for one group, what are the chances of starting a second group for those who are forever on the waiting list?

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Signe

      Anyone can start a new meetup group:) A bookclub on the south side has recently been set up to make it easier to get to for some. So if you have the time and inclination i'm sure lots will think that's a great idea too :-D

      February 26, 2014

  • Lesley M.

    hi is there a secret to actually joining one of these meet ups:-) there is always a waiting list of at least 20 .... so, tell me your secret Nicola as you only joined in January if this year?

    February 23, 2014

    • Lesley M.

      .... gave up .... that should've read lol

      February 23, 2014

    • Rachel H

      There is no priority booking it is just first come first served. There is only room for 25 people in the room and in any case more than that would make discussion difficult. I'm sorry you have had trouble booking on the group. If you are high on the waiting list then you may get off it by the time of the meeting as generally some cancel as the month goes on.

      February 23, 2014

  • christine l.

    hi sorry i missed the feb meet as i was just getting over a chest infection . i wasnt able to get the Lean In book from the library but the rosie project was a nice easy book to read and i enjoyed it . i hope i can get to the march meeting , im on the waitlist .

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like a good idea Chritine. March will be my first meet up. Bit worried that I'll be reading Stoner after The Book Thief and it has blown me away, so whatever I red next is in from a hard time from me!

      February 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      *read *for. Oops.

      February 23, 2014

  • Rachel H

    Hello Janet, Im sorry that you didn't get a space on the meetup this month. You may still make it as there tends to be a few people that cancel as the month goes on. You were automatically on the meetup last month because you got a book nominated and were doing an introduction to the book. We need to restrict the numbers as the room is small and also if we have too many people then it makes discussion difficult. Hope to see you at book club soon. Rachel

    February 13, 2014

    • Janet M.

      Ahh! I didn't realise that's how the system worked. I'm quite new to it. Thanks for explaining.

      February 14, 2014

  • Janet M.

    Hi Rachel,
    Re being on the waiting list: does this mean that each month I have no idea if I'll be allowed to attend or not? Bummer! How come I was able to be there for the first two despite there being so many in attendance on the January night? Was I there by mistake? Now I feel bad!

    February 13, 2014

  • Tania E.

    Look like exciting books-I won't be able to make it as I'll be away that week.

    February 12, 2014

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