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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Jan 31, 2016 11:12AM) (new)

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This thread is for you to post your suggestions for Quarterly Reads. Every three months we will put the suggestions up for a vote for which we will read.

This thread will stay open all the time so you can put your suggestions in anytime.

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Rachel | 37 comments Melissa wrote: "Till We Have Faces
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis"

I loved this book. :)

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Rachel wrote: "Honor
Honor (Rhynan #2) by Rachel Rossano"

This is the 2nd book in a series so I put the first book on the poll.

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Rachel | 37 comments Thanks, Melissa!

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message 14: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 05, 2016 01:40PM) (new)

I'm not sure there is a theme for the coming quarter? More than a couple are romance; two are Christian. Heck, one seems to have zombies.

So, I'm going in the direction of books by women authors:
Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
"The book is number 83 on the American Library Association's list of most frequently banned or challenged books."

Louise Penny's Quebec police chief murder mystery (first of award winning series): Still Life

A seminal piece of erotic history from the 1950's to the present, Pauline Réage's Story of O. Caution: it is dark erotica and may not be suitable for a public group; I toss it in with a smile, Melissa, and a friendly, non-exploding, grenade.

Here is the blurb on the author:
Fifty years ago, an extraordinary pornographic novel appeared in Paris. Published simultaneously in French and English, Story of O portrayed explicit scenes of bondage and violent penetration in spare, elegant prose, the purity of the writing making the novel seem reticent even as it dealt with demonic desire, with whips, masks and chains.

Pauline Réage, the author, was a pseudonym, and many people thought that the book could only have been written by a man. The writer's true identity was not revealed until 10 years ago, when, in an interview with John de St Jorre, a British journalist and some-time foreign correspondent of The Observer, an impeccably dressed 86-year-old intellectual called Dominique Aury (born Anne Desclos) acknowledged that the fantasies of castles, masks and debauchery were hers.

Aury was an eminent figure in literary France, and had been when she wrote the book at the age of 47. A translator, editor and judge of literary prizes, for a quarter of a decade, Aury was the only woman to sit on the reading committee of publishers Gallimard (a body that also included Albert Camus) and was a holder of the Légion d'Honneur. She could scarcely have been more highbrow, nor, according to de St Jorre, more quietly and soberly dressed, more 'nun-like'.

Unfortunately, I've read two of the three; I'd be delighted to read another notable female author and I would reread the two if selected.

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We don't have a theme, just add books you think may be interesting.

I put up a poll and the one with the most votes wins.

I will put all three of your suggestions up and add them to my TBR!

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I'll keep going with ideas until the rest of you chime in: In history: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.

In biography: The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors.

In fiction, with some South African history: The Power of One. Rated 4.34 stars with over 50,000 ! ratings.

I've read only the last of the three, so if one of my books is chosen voters, go for the first two. :-) Just saying.

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There is a book in the poll, Still LIfe. Which book / author? I couldn't find it above.

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Jonmontanavega wrote: "There is a book in the poll, Still LIfe. Which book / author? I couldn't find it above."

Louise Penny is the Author.

It is in message 14

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Ah - my suggestion. Opens mouth wider, inserts another foot.

Ok, I've read that Still Life and loved it ... but I think I'll vote for something I haven't read. I will reread if it is chosen.

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