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Once again you've shown just how clever you all are--picking a book that combines our Hispanic parameters with a suitably seasonal bent toward macabre musings. It's a short one, so slackers may be sentenced to enforced imbibing of what is apparently the Argentine beverage of choice---Fernet mixed with Coca Cola. Spare yourself that bitter-sticky fate and start reading the October selection: FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin, 2017 translated by Megan McDowell “…an exceptional example of the short-and-creepy form. The novel starts as a warped child's game. A woman named Amanda is dying in a clinic in rural Argentina, in a town where she's gone on vacation; as she dies, a child named David interrogates her about the events leading up to her sickness. He wants to find ‘the exact moment when the worms come into being.’ What worms? ‘Worms in the body.’ Amanda, in response, tells David a story that she heard from his mother: David got sick after drinking river water; she took him to a local healer rather than wait ‘for some rural doctor who wouldn't even make it to the clinic in time;’ and in order to save him, the healer removed half his soul from his body, replacing it with half a stranger's. … This a town of the dying. It would be a town of the dead but for the local healer, in whom Schweblin asks us to believe entirely, because that's what you have to do in a horror story. … Stripped down to its essentials, her story all but glows. Which makes sense, after all. It's toxic.” (NPR) https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-sick-thrill-of-fever-dream\ Ebook and audiobook versions as well as lower cost copies are available online. New Orleans public library has all 3 formats. Jefferson parish library appears to have only the electronic version. PLEASE NOTE: There are several different books with this exact same title. Buyer Beware. As always, I plead with you DO NOT RSVP UNLESS YOU PLAN TO READ THE BOOK AND ATTEND! And for those who need an extra helping of voices from beyond, our November read is Isabel Allende's HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.

The Columns Hotel

3811 St. Charles Avenue · New Orleans, LA

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    What we're about

    I like to read--a lot. I also like to spend time talking with interesting, congenial people about the books I read. And quite often, it is a lot of fun to pursue these conversations with a drink in hand. I'm not saying we should get plastered, but let's relax in a gracious New Orleans setting, knock back a few, and discuss books that matter. Just a note here--it should be fairly obvious but in case not--this group is for the 21 and over set. Sorry kids--your time will come.

    Among the books we've read: American Gods, The Movie Goer, The Awakening, The Tragedy of Arthur, Quiet Houses, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Nine Lives,The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Goldfinch, The Sense of a an Ending, The Master and Margarita, Sacre Bleu, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Piano Tuner, The Satanic Verses, East of Eden, Await Your Reply, The Clearing, Pale Fire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Seasons of Ash, Jitterbug Perfume, Snow, Water for Elephants, Babylon Rolling, Midnight in Peking, The White Tiger, The Handmaid's Tale, The Broom of the System, The Help, Of Human Bondage, A Movable Feast, Mercy of Thin Air, Little Bee: A Novel, Cat's Cradle, The World That Made New Orleans, Tenth of December, The Last Madam, Leaving the Atocha Station, To the Lighthouse, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Ocean at the End of Lane.

    PROCEDURE

    1. Read a good book (chosen by vote--our tastes are literary but eclectic)
    2. Meet up
    3. Drink liberally (or not)
    4. Talk about it

    What else is there to say? We'll meet at The Columns on St. Charles Avenue once a month.

    I don't care how old you are, your race, gender, religion, or whatever, but I do hope you are willing to read beyond Dan Brown, Stephen King and romance. I hope you're willing to talk intelligently about books too. I've come to enjoy reading as a collaborative process because the discussion enhances my understanding to such a great degree.

    WHY?

    Because you miss college ... or didn't go to college but like to read good literature and stay up late talking about it ... Because you think language and ideas are important ... Because book clubs should kick ass.

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