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message 1: by Donna (last edited Sep 10, 2020 06:47AM) (new)

Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Hello everyone,

We are very excited to welcome you to Book Club MPC. Book club MPC welcomes your suggestions for future group book selections. In addition, we will include movie/book choices.


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Henry Marchand | 2 comments I'm currently reading Aimee Bender's new novel, The Butterfly Lampshade. Aimee will be joining us for an MPC Guest Authors discussion later this month on Zoom, so I need to keep up with her work! (I highly recommend her short story collections and novels. She is an imaginative, empathetic writer and -- I know because she visited campus several years ago for a Guest Author Series event -- a fun person to talk with.)


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Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Henry wrote: "I'm currently reading Aimee Bender's new novel, The Butterfly Lampshade. Aimee will be joining us for an MPC Guest Authors discussion later this month on Zoom, so I need to keep up with her work! (..."

Hi Henry,

Thank you for joining Book Club MPC. You always do such a nice job with the MPC Guest Authors events. I'll have to get a copy of Aimee Bender's new book. I appreciate the recommendation. I am going to start reading Susanna Clarke's book "Piranesi" which is coming out September 15. I'm patiently waiting for it.


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Joshua | 23 comments Hello All,
I'm excited to share books with the group and to discover new ones. At present I am reading George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier. This was a book he was asked to write by The Left Book Club, a socialist group in 1930s England. He spent time among the working classes of Northern England, in particular coal miners who endured hellish working conditions. The first half of the book describes the way the poorest of the proletariat survived. Coal miners in the 1930s were made out of iron and could probably fold up most modern men into pretzels. The things they endured are incredible.
The second half "steel mans" the arguments against socialism, from weakest to strongest. His "devil's advocate" arguments against socialism proved so strong that The Left Book Club's editors felt it necessary to include a (rather fussy) foreword pointing out Orwell's limitations of vision due to his status as a member of the bourgeoisie. Fascinating read.
Best,
Josh Converse


message 5: by Donna (new)

Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Joshua wrote: "Hello All,
I'm excited to share books with the group and to discover new ones. At present I am reading George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier. This was a book he was asked to write by The Left Bo..."


Hi Josh,

Welcome to Book Club MPC. George Orwell...isn't incredible how his books continue to be so important to so many, especially during difficult and challenging times. His words have become today's realities. I have not read "The Road to Wigan Pier." I'll have to add that to my list.


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Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Welcome everyone to the official start of Book Club MPC. Thank you to everyone who have already signed up to join us. Please invite others to join us. All are welcome.

We have started our conversation by asking about all the great books you have been reading this summer, or currently reading. My "to read" list continues to grow, as I read about the great selections you have been reading. Keep sharing what you read over summer.

Our very first book selection will be your choice, for this first month. We welcome any suggestions for our very first book club read and will keep you updated on that information very soon.


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Durell | 2 comments Greetings everyone!

I'm just getting ready to read Bob Woodward's latest book "Rage". I will let you know what I think of it as soon as I have completed it.


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Durell wrote: "Greetings everyone!

I'm just getting ready to read Bob Woodward's latest book "Rage". I will let you know what I think of it as soon as I have completed it."


Hi Durell,

Many people are talking about this one. I will be curious to know what you think about it. I re-watched "All the President's Men" during summer. I couldn't find my copy of the Woodward/Bernstein book to re-read. I was "re-reading" books during the summer months. Both are always so interesting to listen to, the personal stories and experiences in journalism. Thanks for joining us! Donna


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Colton (neuroticcat) | 34 comments Hi everyone. Great to see you all! Thank you Donna for inviting me. Hope you're all doing well with all the fires and the pandemic!

I'm currently reading Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. It's pretty good so far! It reminds me a little of Catcher in the Rye.

But my main recommendation of a book I read this summer was Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. I saw it recommended online as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, and it was very good and very powerful. It's a YA book but written in verse so it was really interesting and unique.

-Colton


message 10: by Donna (new)

Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Colton wrote: "Hi everyone. Great to see you all! Thank you Donna for inviting me. Hope you're all doing well with all the fires and the pandemic!

I'm currently reading [book:Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets|157..."


Hi Colton,

I am a big fan of YA books, I read them all the time. Jason Reynolds is one of my favorite authors. He has won numerous book awards. I've always appreciated his attitude to change how young people feel about reading and that they don't hate reading or books, they just don't want to read boring books. If you have a chance to read "Look Both Ways" and "Stamped" -Donna


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Colton (neuroticcat) | 34 comments Hi Donna,

Definitely! I totally agree. I had heard of him but had not ever gotten around to reading his books. But I will definitely plan on reading his other works now! I also listened to a couple podcasts he was on and he is so impressive. I just recently learned he is also the National Ambassador of Young People's Literature. And he seems like such a great person too!
-Colton


message 12: by Donna (new)

Donna Teresa | 298 comments Mod
Colton wrote: "Hi Donna,

Definitely! I totally agree. I had heard of him but had not ever gotten around to reading his books. But I will definitely plan on reading his other works now! I also listened to a coupl..."


Yes, he is one of the best YA authors out there. He is not afraid to speak to the issues that are out there. It's important for young people to feel they can read and find books they can relate to and help them understand how to handle these feelings and experiences. I agree, a great choice in picking him to be National Ambassador of Young People's Lit.
-Donna


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