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Announcements > May book!! The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson

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message 1: by Emma (new)

Emma Watson (emmawatsonbookclub) | 49 comments Mod
Dear OSS,

I've been searching high and low for our next book. The club has been much more international than I had anticipated - and much bigger. I'm really proud of my club members - discussion-wise - you are all hitting it out of the park. I'm having to find books that are accessible, cover multiple perspectives and languages, that are unique and not too well known already... So without further ado...

Our next book is going to be The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson. The story is about the author’s relationship with artist Harry Dodge, who is fluidly gendered. It's about their romance, the birth of their son, the death of Harry’s mother and their changing bodies, as Maggie becomes pregnant and Harry undergoes surgery, but it’s also about inclusion and the powers and shortfalls of language. It might require a bit of work but The Argonauts rewards us with an expansive way of considering identity, caretaking, and freedom—along with a liberation from, what Maggie calls, “the demand that anyone live a life that’s all one thing.” I am excited to read this book with you. Maybe it will change the way we think and speak about others and ourselves?

Hope I did you proud,
Em Wats X


message 2: by Ashwin (new)

Ashwin (ashiot) | 215 comments Always Em Wats!


message 3: by Jo, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Jo (jo_9) | 373 comments Mod
Sounds good :)
I have added it to the upcoming section too.

I shall get ordering ;-)


message 4: by Aglaea (new)

Aglaea | 987 comments Hi, looks interesting. My library doesn't have it, so I'm hoping Amazon will have it as Kindle at some point.


message 5: by Helen (last edited Apr 26, 2016 04:29AM) (new)

Helen (helen2u) | 305 comments Wooop, great because I never heard of it before, I'm so glad to learn so much with this group! You always make me proud, don't worry about that, actually don't worry about anything. Hence I'm a May baby, this will be my birthday gift.

''Maybe it will change the way we think and speak about others and ourselves?'' I always want to be a better version of myself, every day, even when I fail at it. I started reading more and diverse, got more spiritual and more gentle and attentive to myself, the written word has a great impact as well. Any book has the power of change within itself but depends on us, on how we perceive it, are our minds open? If they are open, then we'll be changed when we finish reading.

I'm from Romania, Greetings Emma! xo


message 6: by Paige (new)

Paige | 48 comments Never heard of it before, but it sounds good! I'll go order now! X


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Sadly they don't have the book in my library and I don't have enough money to buy it... I guess I'll wait until discussions started in this group and then decide whether it is worth saving money for :)


message 8: by Dayene (last edited Apr 26, 2016 04:58AM) (new)

Dayene Rodrigues (_dayenerodrigues) | 11 comments Yay! Just finishing How to be a Woman and already looking for this new one!


message 9: by Donna (new)

Donna | 8 comments It sounds like an interesting read....my copy is now ordered! Thank you Emma


message 10: by Maria (new)

Maria Moren (miamariamoren) Exciting!! Thank you - can't wait to get stuck into it!


message 11: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Jo wrote: "Sadly they don't have the book in my library and I don't have enough money to buy it... I guess I'll wait until discussions started in this group and then decide whether it is worth saving money fo..."

Jo, look out for posts from people who are finished reading and willing to send you their copy. I saw a lot of these last month as this group wants to share and read together as much as possible. Members are willing to share their books freely. Good luck and I hope you get a chance to read the newest book!


message 12: by Shana (new)

Shana Kaplan (sek1128) | 93 comments You always do Em Wats! I appreciate the hard work you're doing and you're doing it brilliantly. OSS is amazing! Off to Barnes and Noble today. The book sounds like a very interesting read. Xx : )


message 13: by Ella (new)

Ella | 11 comments Yes this sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for steering me in the direction of Caitlin Moran this month too, I'm obsessed with her work. Thanks so much, Emma.


message 14: by Evan (new)

Evan | 3 comments Sounds great! Can't wait!


message 15: by Kerry (new)

Kerry | 9 comments Looking forward to it. We're all learning together. From and with each other. This sounds like a great next book. I'm so happy you're doing this. :)


message 16: by Gerbrich (new)

Gerbrich (euphoniumfamke) | 5 comments It sounds really good. Unfortunally, my library doesn't have this book and the website I usually order books says "not available". Guess I'll just wait and maybe read it later :'(


message 17: by Simone (new)

Simone | 85 comments Sounds good


message 18: by Donika (new)

Donika | 18 comments It seems to be super interesting!! I'm looking forward to reading it but I don't know when my copy will arrive (patience patience patience).


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

It sounds really good, will definitely start reading it ASAP!


message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Spencer | 6 comments Yay! This book has been on my to-read list for a while now. Really excited about this one!


message 21: by Mattie (last edited Apr 26, 2016 09:15AM) (new)

Mattie (maitreyeemayhem) | 26 comments Super excited for this next read!


message 22: by Nazlı Ceren (new)

Nazlı Ceren | 5 comments I always look forward to how you announce the books. It must be hard to keeping an international perspective when selecting the books and also making sure they're available in English or translated to other languages.

I'm excited for this book and the books to come!


message 23: by Romina (new)

Romina Scianatico | 37 comments Emma wrote: "Dear OSS,

I've been searching high and low for our next book. The club has been much more international than I had anticipated - and much bigger. I'm really proud of my club members - discussion-w..."


You've always done me proud (I can't speak for everyone else) and I can't wait to read this book!! It's going to be so illuminating to read about gender fluidity and I can't say I know of many books that explore such a subject. There need to be more - it's important! I can't wait to see what kind of transformation this book has in store for myself personally. My birthday is on May 6th and this is one of the best gifts ever!! Thanks, Em Wats.

Love always,

Ro Ro Xx


message 24: by Rafael (new)

Rafael Caracciolo Duarte | 21 comments Excited to start reading it!!


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Good girl! Now you proved you're an intersectional feminist! But hey don't be too proud, you still have a long road to go if you want to be a saint like us.


message 26: by Emily (new)

Emily (emyvrooom) | 64 comments I can't wait to check this out! My sister is transgender, so I know this is something that I will truly enjoy. Thank you so much for the thoughtful choice, Emma!!


message 27: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan (immortalraine) | 6 comments If anyone's library offers Hoopla as a service, the book is on there as an audiobook.


message 28: by JOSUE (new)

JOSUE (josuemsv) | 29 comments You always choose good book! I love you!


message 29: by Ana, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Ana PF | 746 comments Mod
Oh, my, I am particularly interested on this one, judging by the synopsis! :D Yay!


message 30: by Nazlı Ceren (new)

Nazlı Ceren | 5 comments I haven't madeuse of it myself yet, but it seems it's possible to read it for free from Playster


message 31: by Laura (new)

Laura (laurelei_) I've been wanting to read this book for a while without knowing what issues it touched upon. Great excuse to read it now!


message 32: by Nazlı Ceren (new)

Nazlı Ceren | 5 comments I accidently posted without finishing the comment. I'm not used to tablets..

So, Playster (tour.playster.com) describes itself as 'The Netflix of books' and I'm not sure which countries it's available in, but they offer a one month free membership trial and "The Argonauts" should be on the site.

I'm a bit busy with uni work, so I haven't started mine and therefore haven't tested it myself. Hope it works!


message 33: by Tini (new)

Tini | 1 comments Sounds awesome :)


message 34: by MeerderWörter (last edited Apr 27, 2016 08:05AM) (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Emma!

First things first, (I know you used this term in an earlier anouncement, and I have to say I love it) you always did me proud. But with this book, I can't find the right words( as we German-speaking people like to say), to say thank you. You did great.

I'm sorry to say but I didn't find a German translation!

A friend of mine showed me a graphic long ago, and since, I can't think of genders in the same way anymore. There are not only two, it is not only a spectrum(thanks for broadening the term gender to that extent, Em Wats), it is at least growing into three, maybe even four directions.

I have to say, you did wonderful book choices, I wil start reading "How To Be A Woman" today. Every book has taught me something, some things totally new, others amplifying my thoughts and actions.

I will order it tomorrow, in English of course, 'cause I really like to read the original language, and I am REALLY REALLY looking forward to reading this treasure.

Yours,
MeerderWörter/SeaofWords

P.S.: You really are intersectional now, congratulations! If you further want to work on the syllable inter, I really recommend you to immerse yourself in intersex topics, which I think are very INTERsectional:)


message 35: by Camilla (new)

Camilla (repressedpauper) | 64 comments Very excited to read this one!


message 36: by JustGottaRead (new)

JustGottaRead | 8 comments Hooraaaah!


message 37: by Anabella (new)

Anabella | 2 comments Hi! Anyone know if I can buy it as Ebook? I searched in Amazon but they only have the print copy and there is no shipping to the country where I'm living. I really want to read it! Thanks!


message 38: by Laura (last edited Apr 26, 2016 02:29PM) (new)

Laura (laurelei_) Anabella wrote: "Hi! Anyone know if I can buy it as Ebook? I searched in Amazon but they only have the print copy and there is no shipping to the country where I'm living. I really want to read it! Thanks!"

Hey Anabella, on my Amazon (US) I see it offered for the Kindle. I know that you can also get it as an audiobook from Audible. Barnes & Noble also sells a nook book that you could read on a smart phone. Also, not familiar with the company, but Ebooks.com seems to have a copy available -- though this might be restricted by country. Hope it's available where you're living :)


message 39: by Anabella (new)

Anabella | 2 comments Thanks Laurelei!!! Finally I got it from Koble. Can't wait to start with my first reading!


message 40: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (manderin07) | 2 comments Just requested it from my library!


message 41: by Georgia (new)

Georgia Call | 8 comments Audible has it on sale for $7 bucks if you're a member.


message 42: by Genny (new)

Genny Pisano | 21 comments Thank You for the anticipated announcement, I am ordering this book on Thursday so to have it for the beginning if the next month (though I am still halfway through "How to be a woman").
Well, what to say, we can absolutely say this required a bit of researching, so thank You for the time spent on finding it! I am sure it is going to be an interesting reading, I really can't wait to read it!!!
Aaaand about that "I hope I did you proud..."
No need to ask Miss! I am sure You know the answer!!!
Time is a precious thing, and if You gift us with yours, one can only appreciate.
Thank You, Thank You!! XX


message 43: by Paula (new)

Paula | 45 comments I haven't heard of this book, but I'll try it out! Can't wait!


message 44: by Alyson (new)

Alyson Stone (alysonserenastone) | 149 comments Going to give it a try!


message 45: by Rosalyn (new)

Rosalyn (rosalynhummel) | 2 comments Great choice! I already read this and loved it.


message 46: by Aglaea (new)

Aglaea | 987 comments Laurelei wrote: "Anabella wrote: "Hi! Anyone know if I can buy it as Ebook? I searched in Amazon but they only have the print copy and there is no shipping to the country where I'm living. I really want to read it! Thanks!"

Hey Anabella, on my Amazon (US) I see it offered for the Kindle. I know that you can also get it as an audiobook from Audible. Barnes & Noble also sells a nook book that you could read on a smart phone. Also, not familiar with the company, but Ebooks.com seems to have a copy available -- though this might be restricted by country. Hope it's available where you're living :)"


Oh wow, this is a first! I get Kindle books from the US store, because the other ones point to that one, yet for me it says the book is available only as hardcover, paperback and mp3. Like I mentioned in my previous comment, it's not available as ebook, but hopefully they'll release the Kindle for non-US customers, too.


message 47: by Jon (new)

Jon Austin | 2 comments Aglaea wrote: "Laurelei wrote: "Anabella wrote: "Hi! Anyone know if I can buy it as Ebook? I searched in Amazon but they only have the print copy and there is no shipping to the country where I'm living. I really..."

I bought it as a Kindle download from Amazon Australia (Amazon.com.au)


message 48: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Heading to the bookstore now!


message 49: by Aglaea (new)

Aglaea | 987 comments Jon wrote: "Aglaea wrote: "Laurelei wrote: "Anabella wrote: "Hi! Anyone know if I can buy it as Ebook? I searched in Amazon but they only have the print copy and there is no shipping to the country where I'm l..."

Thanks so much for the tip! It looked great, saw the price correctly, until I logged in. Then it said
"Kindle titles are available for US customers on Amazon.com."

Yet on dot com it says not available. If they don't want my money...


message 50: by Juliet (new)

Juliet | 6 comments Anybody find it in french ?


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