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|A former member||
Hi everyone, it was great to meet you all last night. I'm really looking forward to the next one - I hope to get the chance to chat with everyone more next time, especially those of you who I only really managed to wave at across the table!
I will sort out the second meetup section early next week - I'm thinking of doing it slightly sooner than a month, which seems like a long way off. Though at the same time I guess we all need enough time to read the book, which is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. That reminds me - does anyone want to be co-organiser? I think we can do that...
Anyway, this posting is really about all the other titles that came up from the night. I have done two lists - one of 'book club books' and one of just recommended books.
Book club books:
Seeing, the new novel by Jose Saramago - recommended by Amy who enjoyed his other novel, Blindness.
America (or Talk Talk) by T C Boyle - from Wendy.
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds - a space opera (is that right?) recommended by Jason.
The latest from Christopher Brookmayer - good scottish fiction from Kate.
A selection of self help books - recommended by me, just because it tends to be a laugh.
This list was sent over by Rob, who couldn't make it last night as he was travelling. Interestingly, most of these titles also came up last night in discussions - I have put a little star next to those ones:
John Banville - The Sea
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner * (I would heartily recommend this despite the bonkers ending)
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead: A Novel *
Nicole Krauss - The History of Love
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex: A Novel *
Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go * (this is the title I was thrashing around trying to remember last night - it covers a similar subject matter to My Sister's Keeper and is a great read)
Also mentioned last night:
The Time Travellers' Wife - Audrey Niffennegger (sp?)
I would also recommend from recent reading:
Saturday by Iain McEwan - just a wonderfully gripping story, he's a master of character
Mr Norrell and Jonathan Strange - I am reading this at the moment, it's bizarre but fascinating, about two magicians in 18th century Britain.
Right I have to sign off, have a good weekend all, I think we're all going to be bumping into each other in Orell Fussli!
bye for now
|A former member||
Wendy asked me to post something about the author of this month's read, Jodi Picoult,
since I recommended her book, My Sister's Keeper. I have not read any
of her novels, though it looks like she's written 12 others, often
taking on controversial subjects like euthanasia (Mercy), and teen
suicide (The Pact). This time, we'll read about the fallout that occurs
when a child is conceived and raised in order to harvest their genes.
She grew up in Long Island in what she's calls "a ridiculously happy
childhood" and now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with "three kids, a
dog, a rabbit, and the occasional donkey or cow".
The book has received some literary recognition:
Winner of the Margaret Alexander Edwards Award (the Alex Award) given by the American Library Association
Best Book of the Year, Bookbrowse.com
Nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in the UK, and nominated for a British Book Award, 2005.
there are 16 book club discussion questions on her website. Maybe I'll
bring those to the discussion, and if you're interested, you can have a
look beforehand (http://www.jodipicoul.... Looking forward to
seeing everyone again next time.