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The Peninsula Book Club Message Board › Ballot Time!

Ballot Time!

A former member
Post #: 10
It is that time again when I start compiling a book ballot. If you have a book you would like to see on the ballot, please send me the name and title before 2/21. As a reminder, selections must be available in soft back and be 600 pages or less.

For selections to count, you must reply to this post with your nominations.

Happy reading.

Hillary
A former member
Post #: 3
Khalid Hussein: A Thousand splendid suns
Anita diament: the Red tent
Memoirs of a geisha


Maybe a piece of classical literature....
To kill a mocking bird
Uncle toms cabin
The odyssey
Tinker, Taylor, soldier spy by John le carrie
Lady chatterley's lover!
Cider with Rosie.
The portrait of a lady. Henry James.

In the UK we used to try and read the Booker prize ( not sure if you have this award here) Or Pulitzer prize winners try to work out why they won!
Best wishes,
Amanda
A former member
Post #: 3
Here are some titles to consider:

Early Autumn, by Robert B. Parker
(Review from Amazon) Primarily, through the books, Spenser has deep relationships only with Susan, and to a lesser extent, Hawk. We really don't know much about him beyond the front he puts up for his clients and his opponents. "Autumn" is the exception to that; we see him treat Paul in much the same way he must have been treated as a child and the same way he would have treated a child of his own, if he'd had one -- with respect and decency. He drags the 'real' Paul out of the shell Paul had constructed to protect himself from his parents and the world and provides him with a sense of worth, teaching him, as Spenser says himself, "what [he] knows" -- boxing, running, carpentering and standing up for something.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith (or one of the others in the series)
(Review from Amazon) Smith has written an enchanting book that is can be described as a cross between an engaging detective story and a love poem to Africa. Mma Ramotswe is as warm and as solid as the red earth of Botswana; she loves every inch of the Africa she knows and identifies with and wouldn't live anywhere else. She embodies the African traits of deep ties to family and community, concern for one's neighbors, and respect for tradition. She commands respect and she gets it. Smith has added a delightful and enduring creation to the pantheon of famous detectives in fiction. Jane Marple, move over. Or rather, make a separate space for Mma Ramotswe. She deserves a pedestal of her own.

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, by Jennifer Egan
(Review from NY Times) Time is the relentless “goon squad” in this rock ’n’ roll novel, which explores the tattered lives of a cynical record producer and the people who intersect his world; a 2011 Pulitzer winner.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, by Jonathan Safran Foer
(Review from NY Times) A precocious boy goes on a scavenger hunt through New York’s five boroughs in search of the lock that fits a key belonging to his father, who died on Sept. 11.
A former member
Post #: 9
How about The Shadow Catchers by Marianne Wiggins.......or The Magus by Jonathan Fowles?
Teresa E.
TeresaEmery
Belmont, CA
Post #: 5
My nomination:

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
A former member
Post #: 11
My nominations:

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Shack - William Young
A former member
Post #: 12
From Thomas:


The Accidental Tourist: Anne Tyler
A Confedederacy of Dunces : John Toole
Evidence of Things Unseen:Marrianne Wiggins
The Shipping News: E Annie Prouix
The Devil In The White City:Erik Larson
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