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Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Our June 2018 book is the novel Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. We will be meeting for brunch in Hingham to discuss the book on the last Sunday in June. You can also post your thoughts on it here in the discussion topic.

This book has been popping up all over the place:
-Named on of the top 5 Booker prize winners of the last 5 decades:https://amp.theguardian.com/books/201...
-List by Weymouth Public Library as one of the 52 books you should read in 2018:https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...
- Named by Bill Gates as one of the books on his summer reading list:https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill...


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Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
I started the book just this morning. The first chapter started off normal enough but then got a bit...umm...weird. I don't quite know what is going on but I am curious to see where it goes. for the record, I like weird.


Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments I just finished. The style took some getting used to; I'm interested to hear the experience with the audio book. It is also a lot darker than I expected from the description. Overall, it was ok for me, but not sure I would recommend it to others.


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Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
I've read a couple of short story collections by the same author that I enjoyed. They were quirky too. :)

Tenth of December
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Pastoralia
Pastoralia by George Saunders


Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Oh, and here's a link to a reading guide: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/bo...


Joanie | 492 comments Mod
I got the audio from the library because I heard good things about the performances but I'm also reading the print version to help clarify things. The audio is definitely cool with all the different voices (David Sedaris is the voice of the man who slit his wrists) but it's kind of confusing. Plus because they say the line then credit the source or explain who is speaking it feels extra time consuming. It's probably a much quicker read than a listen if that makes any sense at all!


Joanie | 492 comments Mod
Ok, I'm about 3/4 of the way through and I'm still unclear on what is going on and how I feel about it. Looking forward to discussing it with you all-hopefully someone has more of a clue than I do!


Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
You must be about as far along as I am. I am on chapter LXXXI. :)

It is definitely a challenging read.


Joanie | 492 comments Mod
You're a bit ahead of me-I'm at LXXVII (Or 77 for us non Romans!)

BTW, the audio says the full swear, not just the "f---" that's in the book. I found that out the hard way when I was playing it out loud while doing the dishes. It's fascinating how my boys don't hear me tell them to put their shoes on 75 times but one "f word" from the other room and they have ears like hawks!


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Karen | 21 comments Joanie wrote: "You're a bit ahead of me-I'm at LXXVII (Or 77 for us non Romans!)

BTW, the audio says the full swear, not just the "f---" that's in the book. I found that out the hard way when I was playing it ou..."


Ha ha ha!

Unfortunately I can't make the book club since my Aunt and Dad have come to visit, but I also found this book challenging to get through. I actually liked the multiple voices, but just felt like the "plot" was too slow and lacking.


Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Awww, you'll be missed, Karen. Enjoy your family time!

I finished the book on Thursday night. Though it was a challenging read, I found it to be interesting and leaving me with a lot to think about after the fact, which I usually take to indicate that it was overall a "good book" by the way I rate things.

I will see everyone tomorrow at Rustic Kitchen. If the weather is nice, we will try for a patio table. I don't have a reservation, so if you get there before me,please put in your name for a patio table. At this point, it looks like there will be 5 of us.


Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
I’m here inside waiting. I put my name in and said we’d like to sit outside if possible but they can’t guarantee outside.


Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders will be speaking at BU in October:
https://www.facebook.com/events/90920...


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