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Hip and Well Read May: Tenth of December

  • May 29, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

The winner of the popular vote...

Our May book will be Tenth of December by George Saunders.

 

In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.
Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”

 


Tenth of December is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:

City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, more than 3 no shows in a row will result in a temporary ban from RSVP-ing until you can assure me you will actually attend.  We are having far too many people RSVP and then not showup and people changing their RSVP at the last possible minute preventing other members from being able to attend.

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.


Happy Reading!

Michelle

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  • Michelle

    Great discussion everyone. Lasted a bit longer than expected, sorry to those of you that needed to leave. But good times all around. Great to meet some new faces!

    May 30, 2013

  • Mary W.

    Something work related came up at the last minute and it looks like I won't be able to attend. So sorry to back out at the last second. Wish I could be there!

    May 29, 2013

  • Jean C.

    Sorry, getting back from Europe today and will be too jetlagged to contribute much to the discussion

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work at the last minute!

    May 28, 2013

  • Malaya

    Darn! I won't be able to make it; hopefully I can catch a second group.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't attend, my art class conflicts.

    May 22, 2013

  • Hannah

    Arrghh. Should have checked calendar 1st. if there's a 2nd group, I'll totally be there.

    April 1, 2013

    • Aparna

      Me as well

      April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too

      May 16, 2013

  • Michelle

    Still looking for someone to run a secondary meetup...

    May 16, 2013

    • Hannah

      I'm sorry, I can run this meet up if you want me to. My apologies for the delay. got a little crazy at work.

      May 16, 2013

  • Michelle

    If anyone wants to run a secondary meetup for this one, let me know!

    April 1, 2013

    • Hannah

      I can do June 5th too!

      May 9, 2013

    • Michelle

      Hannah, if you're serious about running it contact me and i'll set it up.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Jesús

    Oh, yeah....

    April 1, 2013

    • Casey R.

      Did you end up going to the Free Library event last week?

      April 1, 2013

    • Jesús

      Yes. He was great; read almost the first story in its entirety. See you soon.

      April 3, 2013

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