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Novel Ideas Message Board › Books for the group 4/15/2012 and on

Books for the group 4/15/2012 and on

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A former member
Post #: 308
This thread is to recommend books for the group. We'll be voting on these in February or March of 2012 and the top-voted ones will be meetups starting April 15, 2012.
user 11328019
Rowlett, TX
Post #: 28
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by: Simon Winchester­

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered, Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
by: Jen Lancaster­

I haven't read these yet so I can't vouch for them being great reads - but the former looked super interesting and the latter was highly recommended by my sister who has never read a thing before in her life (which could be a good thing or a bad thing) - but she has a wicked sense of humor so I thought it might be fun. Hopefully it's not too chick-lit.
user 11328019
Rowlett, TX
Post #: 31
by: Sir Walter Scott­

This one's a classic so I've been wanting to read it forever.
user 10476691
Keller, TX
Post #: 44
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Amazon House of Leaves

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Amazon The Night Circus

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
Amazon The Horse Whisperer
user 11328019
Rowlett, TX
Post #: 60
World War Z by Max Brooks (It's a zombie book (suh-weet!!) but also on the NY bestseller list).

Lightning by Dean Koontz (One of my favorites...easy read).

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (This is another one of my favorites. It's a children's book - I think Linda suggested once that we try reading one of these and I totally agree).

A former member
Post #: 128
I have a few American Classic suggestions:
The Great Gatsby-F Scott Fitzgerald-Heard they are making a new movie with Leonardo Di Cappiero (sp) and would like to reread and see if i still like ti after high school reading.
Another John Steinbeck- maybe a short one like The Pearl or My Travels with Charlie-the non-fiction he wrote early 60's about traveling with his dog.
The Good Earth-Pearl S Buck

user 15891141
Arlington, TX
Post #: 3
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Frazen
(or perhaps The Corrections instead)

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
A former member
Post #: 409
From Linda Morrison:

"This Beautiful Life" by Helen Schulman
"Ten Thousand Saints" by Eleanor Henderson
"Before I Go to Sleep" by S. J. Watson
"Nightwoods" by Charles Frazier
user 11328019
Rowlett, TX
Post #: 86
I haven't read any of these yet but I've been wanting to:

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Child in Time by Ian McEwan

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (I never saw that movie because it just didn't sound appealing but the book might be good).

Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain (I loved the Postman...)

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

A former member
Post #: 24
"Respected Sir" by Naguib Mahfouz

I read this book when I decided to break my addiction to Science Fiction.
For me it was an interesting description of another culture's way of life.

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