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message 1: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments 1. You Can't Win - Jack Black
2. Mildred Pierce - James M Cain
3. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
4. The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by her Minstrel Laura: A Novel in Thirteen Books and Seven Intermezzos - Irmtraud Morgner
5. Air Guitar - Dave Hickey


message 2: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments You Can't Win - Jack Black

The favorite book of William Burroughs. A journey into the hobo underworld, freight hopping around the still Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. Our lost history revived.. With an introduction by Burroughs.
http://www.amazon.com/You-Cant-Win-Ja...



Mildred Pierce - James M Cain

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.

Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.
http://www.amazon.com/Mildred-Pierce-...



Child of God - Cormac McCarthy

Child of God must be the most sympathetic portrayal of necrophilia in all of literature. The hero, Lester Ballard, is expelled from his human family and ends up living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his victims.
http://www.amazon.com/Child-God-Corma...



The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by her Minstrel Laura: A Novel in Thirteen Books and Seven Intermezzos - Irmtraud Morgner

In May 1968, after an eight-hundred-year sleep, Beatrice awakens in her Provence château. Looking for work, she makes her way to Paris in the aftermath of the student uprisings, then to the GDR (recommended to her as the "promised land for women"), where she meets Laura Salman, socialist trolley driver, writer, and single mother, who becomes her minstrel and alter ego. Their exploits—Beatrice on a quest to find the unicorn, Laura on maternity leave in Berlin—often require black-magic interventions by the Beautiful Melusine, who is half dragon and half woman.

Creating a montage of genres and text types, including documentary material, poems, fairy tales, interviews, letters, newspaper reports, theoretical texts, excerpts from earlier books of her own, pieces by other writers, and parodies of typical GDR genres, Irmtraud Morgner attempts to write women into history and retell our great myths from a feminist perspective.
http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Trob...



Air Guitar - Dave Hickey

Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Robert Christgau
Finally obliged to theorize his impolite tastes, judgments and ideas, Hickey lays his prejudices a little barer than altogether becomes them. Even caught in that old trap, however, he's as good as it gets, starting with his prose. Although his diction is often highfalutin (he was doing a doctoral thesis about Foucault and Derrida way back in 1967), his rhythms aren't, and he's more than fluent in colloquial English--I mean, the guy can flat-out write.

The Nation, Margaret Juhae Lee
Dave Hickey's twenty-three "love songs," which make up Air Guitar, fly off the page to offer the reader a vista beyond the wasteland. In Hickey's "vast, invisible underground empire" of pleasure--record stores, honky-tonks, hot-rod shops, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and the like--joy abounds and truth speaks.
http://www.amazon.com/Air-Guitar-Dave...


message 3: by toph (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

toph | 24 comments Child of God


message 4: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
Man, good choices. I'm going to have to think about this.


message 5: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
Child of God


message 6: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new)

Rachel Denham The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice

...though all the books seem really interesting, so if it doesn't get chosen I'll just read it anyway.


message 7: by david (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new)

david | 2 comments man ive wanted to read you cant win for a while.


message 8: by Christian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new)

Christian | 8 comments Yeah, that looks pretty sweet.


message 9: by Andrew (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Andrew | 7 comments The Life and Adventures...


message 10: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments i would say voting should end tomorrow already, but there aren't that many participants.
maybe another week of voting?


message 11: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
Sure. Bump that hpn thread, too.


message 12: by Rebecca (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:54AM) (new)

Rebecca hah, i'll be about ready to read again by the time this is finished.


message 13: by James (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:56AM) (new)

James | 3 comments Mildred Pierce

only because I've read like 3 Cormac McCarthy books this last month and I don't want to get tired of the guy.


message 14: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:56AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments it's something like a four-way tie right now, all we've done is eliminate "air guitar"


message 15: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments i just finished suttree recently.....so i think i'll throw in a deciding vote (to end this process) for the life and adventures of trobadora beatrice

lets do it


message 16: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
ok.

we taking a month?


message 17: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments no way, after 2 weeks let's go ahead with book 4, someone get that ready then. this one might have just been low on the radar, but after reading the introduction this book is going to be amazing.


message 18: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:01PM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
I just don't know if I can get it read in two weeks.


message 19: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:01PM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments oh absolutely. no rush. i'll try to come up with discussion topics and such as soon as i finish.


message 20: by Andrew (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

Andrew | 7 comments So where do I even find this books?

The books you guys suggest are awesome, but difficult to find in bookstores. I guess I'll be ordering this one, too.


message 21: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:08PM) (new)

Ben (deadwolfbones) | 88 comments Mod
I got my copy at the library.


message 22: by chase (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:29PM) (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments ok, i admit i dropped the ball on this for a bit. getting ready for this gallery opening has taken all of my time. the 140pgs or so i have read are pretty damned intriguing, even if abrasive at times due to style, and i think it's a fine addition to this book club.
when i finally get time and finish it i'll start discussing it with myself in this thread hoping someone else jumps in, but it very well might be another week and a half or so.


message 23: by chase (new)

chase Adams | 44 comments apologies all around. this one was rough.
if anyone wants to discuss the structure, prose, content, mythology i'll try that. but i'd rather not bother thinking about this one again.

dwb if you read this (i'm sure you already tossed this book aside if you ever started), man do not bother.


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