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Quick, think of your ten favourite authors, in any language (or the first ten you like that come to mind). If you picked at least four women, then congratulations, you are in an impressive minority. If you didn't, then you are perhaps like me and most other people in having had a rather lopsided reading career thus far. Thus far--and no further!

In this group we read and discuss *in English* important (but what is important? That is precisely what we hope to clarify and discover) fiction as well as non-fiction writing by women, either originally in English or translated into it. The wider the backgrounds of the writers under consideration--in terms of culture, language, sexuality, economic status, period of history, region of world, political power, age, ethnicity, etc.--the better.

That is the only requirement for joining the group--reading, and being willing to express (in English) opinion on, books written by women. One *does not* have to be female to join the group.

We hope to see you soon at the Ramat Gan (and Tel Aviv) F*A*B Club!

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Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

TBD

UPDATE: Our poll was won by "Cold Comfort Farm", by Stella Gibbons, so that's our book for February. First published in 1932, it is one of the most popular and influential satires in the English language. The 1995 movie adaptation was widely acclaimed too.

It is available in Hebrew (though sadly not in English) in the Tel Aviv public library. It is also available on the Internet Archive -- legally, as far as I can tell -- at https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.207573/mode/2up . And it may of course be easily bought online.

The venue for the discussion will be mailed to the attendees. I hope to see you there.

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Earlier notice:

Here is a poll to determine the book we will discuss in February. For this one, our group members decided to read a funny or humorous book -- however "humour" is defined -- and nominated the following books. Please rank up to three of these in the comments at the bottom of this page, by the evening of *Tuesday, December 21*. That evening I will count the votes and update this notice with the title of the book chosen. Please keep the books' availability to you in mind while voting.

1. "Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Goodbye!", by Cynthia Heimel (1994). Essay collection, 192 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/348775.Get_Your_Tongue_Out_of_My_Mouth_I_m_Kissing_You_Goodbye_
Not available in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems.

2. "My Year of Rest and Relaxation", by Ottessa Moshfegh (2018). Novel, 288 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44279110-my-year-of-rest-and-relaxation
Not available in English in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems, but available in Hebrew in the latter.

3. "Solutions and Other Problems", by Allie Brosh (2020). Essay collection and graphic novel, 519 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51323365-solutions-and-other-problems
Available in the Tel Aviv public library.

4. "The Idiot", by Elif Batuman (2017). Novel, 423 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30962053-the-idiot
Not available in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems.

5. "Why Not Me?", by Mindy Kaling (2015). Essay collection, 240 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30268522-why-not-me
Not available in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems.

6. "Cold Comfort Farm", by Stella Gibbons, (1932). Novel, 233 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/92780.Cold_Comfort_Farm
Not available in English in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems, but available in Hebrew in the latter.

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

TBD

UPDATE: "White Teeth", by Zadie Smith, wins our poll. I am glad because it is a great read, if my memory from a decade or more ago is to be trusted. But take it not from me, but from the fount of all wisdom, Wikipedia, which says, "The book won multiple honors, including the 2000 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, the 2000 Whitbread Book Award in category best first novel, the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize, and the Betty Trask Award. Time magazine included the novel in its list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005."

And it is a popular enough work to be available in both the Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv pubic libraries. And quite likely in your local bookstore.

I look forward to seeing you at the discussion. If you sign up, the venue for the discussion will be emailed to you.

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Earlier notice:

For the March discussion we decided to take up a debut book by an author, i.e., an author's first published work, no matter what the genre. The following are the books nominated. Please rank up to three of these in the comments at the bottom of this page, by the evening of *Friday, January 21*. I will count the votes then and update this notice with the title of the book chosen. Please keep the books' availability to you in mind while voting.

1. "Attrib. and other stories", by Eley Williams (2017). Short stories, 169 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33656486-attrib-and-other-stories
Not available in the Ramat Gan or Tel Aviv public library systems.

2. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", by Agatha Christie (1920). Novel, 296 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52843028-the-mysterious-affair-at-styles
Available in paperback in Hebrew translation in the Tel Aviv public library system, with the English original available online through access to the library.

3. "To Kill a Mockingbird", by Harper Lee (1960). Novel, 336 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2657.To_Kill_a_Mockingbird
Available in both the Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv public library systems.

4. "White Teeth", by Zadie Smith (2000). Novel, 448 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3711.White_Teeth
Available in both the Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv public library systems.

5. "A Start in Life", by Anita Brookner (1981). Novel, 176 pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1523501.A_Start_in_Life
Available in the Ramat Gan public library.

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