|Sent on:||Sunday, October 9, 2011 11:40 AM|
Greetings, everybody! I sure hope you are all outside at this moment enjoying the marvelous day.
I need some support and help in finding some rest and ease in my schedule.
I am wondering if anyone (or multiple people) would be willing and able to step up to facilitate meetings for the next 2-3 months, starting with November's discussion of Empire of the Summer Moon. I can do the behind-the-scenes coordination of voting/scheduling/posting on meetup.
Please let me know if you have any questions about what this would involve--it is very easy since people have a lot to say, facilitating is mostly making the space for conversation to unfold organically.
I would be grateful...and you would get that month's book for free from Flyleaf. Please email me [address removed]
Let's also VOTE! these were all suggested by YOU so thanks for bringing your ideas!
Please rank your choices...I am proposing 2 for each month to keep things simple.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
National Book Award Winner
"One of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years.... It is a mark of the novel's soaring and largely fulfilled ambition that McCann just keeps rolling out new people, deftly linking each to the next, as his story moves toward its surprising and deeply affecting conclusion." Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Book Review
In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
2) Little Bee by Chris Cleave
"Little Bee will blow you away....In restrained, diamond-hard prose, Cleave alternates between these two characters' points of view as he pulls the threads of their dark — but often funny — story tight. What unfolds between them... is both surprising and inevitable, thoroughly satisfying if also heart-rending." Washington Post
We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
1) Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
"[T]old with raw narrative force and tight focus....Krakauer lays the portent on beautifully, building his tales carefully from the ground up until they irresistibly, spookily combust." Kirkus Reviews
At the core of Krakauers book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of Americas fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
2) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
“This wonderful book is funny—at times laugh-out-loud funny—and smart and wise”—The Washington Post
In this New York Times bestseller, beloved food writer Reichl, an unlikely master of disguise, presents her adventures in restaurant reviewing for The New York Times. Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us—along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews—her remarkable reflections on how on‛s outer appearance can influence on‛s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.
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