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Discuss in April: Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Book Description (from Amazon.com)
Release date: September 11, 2012
“An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

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  • Joyce

    We had an interesting chat about the 10-page paragraph (10-page sentence, actually). For me, it was one of the most interesting parts of the book. I appreciated seeing what was happening to the characters from the escaped parrot's perspective. And I thought it was very cool that the fictitious parrot ended up with the real, wild parrots who live on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. There's a famous documentary about these parrots, which was released in 2003.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad others thought this book was a "bit" difficult to read. Was looking forward to discussing the 10 PAGE PARAGRAPH!!

    April 18, 2013

  • Amy

    I'm so sorry I missed it as well. My daughter took the car for the evening for a double date, and about an hour later I remembered it was book club night! I hope you forgive me. I have my final six-week class starting next week and will then be available until the fall to participate. I'm sorry, and bummed.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I woke up this morning thinking "when is my book club meeting?... shoot!" Dissapointed I completely forgot. Looking forward to next one.

    April 18, 2013

  • J W.

    Discussion was enjoyable. Other insights helped to fill out the overview of the book.

    April 18, 2013

  • Joyce

    No question that this book was challenging to read. But I think our animated discussion helped all of us to appreciate at least certain aspects of this ambitious--though not completely satisfying--novel.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to see you too! Glad I came even tho didn't read the book! See you in May!

    April 18, 2013

  • Fay

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. See you next month.

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. something has come up and I need to cancel.

    April 16, 2013

  • Donna W.

    I will join you next month. I could just not get into this book

    April 14, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I just joined and this book sounds great. Even though I can read fast,Ii don't think I can have it read by Wednesday, so I will read the May selection and hope to meet you all in May!

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting everyone. This will be my first visit.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been unable to get my hands on this book and therefore won't be able to attend. See you next month!

    April 1, 2013

  • Joyce

    Thanks to all who voted! The winner for April is Telegraph Avenue

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What book are we to read?

    February 27, 2013

  • J W.

    Always enjoy the discussions and hearing different points of view.

    February 27, 2013

  • Joyce

    I'll soon be starting a new discussion thread so we can decide on our book for April.

    February 26, 2013

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