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Hip and Well Read May: Tenth of December (2nd)

  • Jun 5, 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.

And thanks to Jessica, a secondary meetup for this popular book.


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, 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!


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  • Aparna

    Enjoyed reading the book and enjoyed the engaging discussion. Thanks for organizing the second meetup for this book.

    June 6, 2013

  • Hannah

    Really nice group of people, great conversation

    June 5, 2013

  • Joyce

    Thanks, Jessica, for organizing our discussion of this very inventive collection of short stories

    June 5, 2013

  • Kali

    Hey everyone.....since that building collapsed, I am stuck at work (hospital). I will try my hardest to make it though. If not, I'm so sorry.....the circumstances are extreme to say the least.

    June 5, 2013

  • Ariel

    Just got scheduled for a late-running meeting-- I might be there closer to 7:45-8, but with bells on.

    June 5, 2013

  • William Y.

    I will most likely be running a bit late, as I work in Valley Forge and will not be leaving my office until 6:00 tomorrow. However, I should be there at 7:30 trains permitting

    June 4, 2013

  • Brian

    As I suspected, my meeting falls on Wednesday and I won't be able to make it. Enjoy the discussion.

    June 4, 2013

  • Abigail H.

    Sorry I can't make it, not feeling well and am just trying to get through my last days of teaching this year!

    May 29, 2013

  • Aparna

    Thanks for the second meetup. I come from Jersey so I was not able to volunteer to run it...I would like to come more often to this group and this is a wonderful book

    May 20, 2013

  • Brian

    I may not actually be able to attend, but I really want to read this book so I'm signing up anyway.

    May 17, 2013

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