Geek Love (by Katherine Dunn) book discussion

NOVEMBER BOOK; organizer's pick


The novel is the story of a traveling carnival run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife "Crystal" Lil. When the business begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. The results are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy"), Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly"), a hunchbacked albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal-looking baby of the family who has telekinetic powers.

Discussion leader(s): Jaimee!

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  • Beth L

    Thanks to those who came out on Tuesday! After we parted, a question popped in my mind and I wanted your opinon. For those of you who read the book, do you think there was any significance to Oly and Lil being the only two to survive the fire at the carnival? They were the two who, consistently throughout the book, served their other family members. Interested to see what your thoughts are!

    November 21, 2013

  • Beth L

    We're in the back portion in the heated porch. See you all soon!

    November 19, 2013

  • jaimee

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight NOV 19th!
    Not next tuesday, like it says on facebook....which I'm going to change now that someone informed me of the goof. :)

    book suggestions welcome, in person or email ([masked])
    survey monkey goes up this week once I have enough titles

    November 19, 2013

  • Krista

    I will not be able to make this meetup but I do have a book suggestion for Feb. "The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan. Synopsis from Amazon: Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

    Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

    November 13, 2013

    • jaimee

      This book sounds great...except its over 600 pages. Let's keep this for consideration next year when we spend Dec/Jan on a big book.

      November 15, 2013

    • Amy J.

      Ooh I love Amy Tan. Would live to read it for next year's big book month.

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • jaimee

    Remember everyone: You can bring your book suggestions to the meeting Tuesday night or email them to me ([masked]) whenever you have a free minute. I will be posting the survey monkey for our next 3 book selections following Geek Love's book discussion. THANKS!!

    Feb: Non American Authors
    March: New authors, or debut novels
    April: Award winners

    November 15, 2013

  • Beth L

    A reminder to start thinking about book nominations for February, March and April -- bring your suggestions to Novembers meeting where we will be discussing Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Location is TBD but will be somewhere in Durham. Any suggestions for a location?

    February; Non American Authors- simply put no old white writers from the days of yore. Sorry Hemingway.

    March; First time authors or newer authors- Books from authors who are pretty unknown or have not been recognized yet

    April; Award winning books and authors

    November 3, 2013

    • jaimee

      BULL CITY BURGERS AND BREWERY have us on their schedule for Nov. 19th at 7:30pm!!

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • jaimee

    OK guys! This is something I have been waiting for since Beth and I started organizing....our first invitation to a movie screening!!!! And its The Book Thief! Amazing. And it's tonight..just to remind everyone. I will be there and I hope to see some frosty friends with me. Think we can bring a blanket to the movies??

    November 13, 2013

  • Beth L

    The Book Thief opens today in theaters but I haven't seen it playing in our area. If anyone sees it, let me know!!

    November 8, 2013

    • Beth L

      Check out the discussion board for an opportunity to see an advanced screening of The Book Thief!

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • jaimee

    Please bring book ideas to be considered for the next quarter- Reminder: we will not be meeting in Dec for a book discussion.

    February; Non American Authors- simply put no old white writers from the days of yore. Sorry Hemingway.

    March; First time authors or newer authors- Books from authors who are pretty unknown or have not been recognized yet

    April; Award winning books and authors

    September 30, 2013

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