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message 1: by Tera, First Chick (new)

Tera | 2564 comments Mod
Okay so I am leaving on vacation in a couple of weeks and I want to get everything in place before so. We are about to start July's read and have August's book picked out so to keep ourselves out 2 books at a time lets start on the September noms.
If we can have nom's today through thursday and then voting from fri-tuesday I think that will work. I am making the voting time a little longer because of the holiday weekend for some people.
Everyone interested and for those who havent been here before and want to participate; nominate one book you would like to have considered for Septembers read. Friday morning I will gather all the books together that have been nominated and everyone picks their top two choices and lists them in order. I assign 2pts to your first pick and 1pt to your second pick. After the voting period I tally up all the points and the book with the most is our next (september's) read.
Even if your book isnt picked I have gathered a lot of great "to read" books from this nominating process so keep up on this thread if you are looking for some reads.


message 2: by Holli (new)

Holli ooohhhhh......I'm REALLY liking that nom Melissa!!!! Sounds really good!!

Tera~~~ I'm nominating Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey again. One of these times its got to win!! ;)


message 3: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Hickman (bkread2) | 233 comments I suggest try reading....Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky

According to an Amazon.com review...
Suite Française contains two unfinished sections, Storm in June and Dolce, of a planned five-part work about the invasion and occupation of France in World War II. The appendices contain the author's notes for what the other three sections would contain, her correspondence and correspondence about her (especially after she was sent to Auschwitz where she died), and preface to the French edition that outlines her personal history.

This work only recently came to light after Ms. Nemirovsky's surviving daughter, Denise Epstein, began typing out her mother's long-ignored notebook for a memory project.

As you read this work, you'll be responding at two levels: To the monumental tale of a nation unexpectedly brought to its knees and beholden and exposed to its conquerors . . . and to the real human tragedy of a family that would lose both parents while the two daughters survived by being hidden by their governess and those who opposed the Nazis.

Ms. Nemirovsky was a keen observer of the French. All of their quirks from the 1940s are present here, often lampooned into very funny extremes.

Those quirks are first beautifully displayed as a large number of characters are followed while they flee Paris at the last minute before the Germans arrive to evade what they fear will happen to those who stay. With the roads clogged and resources running out, each must cope in her or his own way to find food, lodging, and a safe haven. Not everyone succeeds. In those moments where the realities of the uncivilized aspects of human nature are exposed, you'll feel a chilling presage of the author's ultimate fate.

New dimensions of the quirks are exposed by putting the characters into close contact with German soldiers who are billeted in their homes. Some can make a great show of having no contact, while someone must interact with the Germans to gain benefits that everyone needs. Can you treat an enemy soldier as a person without compromising your own morality, your relationship with your family, and your own integrity? Those are all nice questions that the book raises in Dolce, which covers the period after the invasion through to the beginning of the Russian campaign.

A great strength of these materials can be found in the intense character development. You'll feel like you've always known these people. Even the superficial ones will capture your interest: What selfish, ridiculous actions will they take next?

Even more significantly, the book challenges our notions that groups of people are an entity. Their differences under a label (such as "French" or "German") are much wider than the differences in the labels. You also get a strong message of how dangerous it is for humanity to accept labels rather than considering each person as an individual, as God does.

Rarely have I read any fiction that's so funny, profound, and so enlightening at the same time . . . in the context of great tragedy. You'll find the range of your emotional experiences to be stretched in helpful new ways by this remarkable work.

Writers will take special joy from the book as they gain insights into the working methods of a major novelist.


message 4: by Meg (last edited Jul 01, 2008 07:15AM) (new)

Meg (megvt) | 3069 comments I recommend The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
According to Amazon.com:

In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land.

Often, Lydia steals away to meet with the handsome young freedom fighter Chang An Lo. But they face danger: Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed toward Junchow to kill Reds like Chang, who has in his possession the jewels of a tsarina, meant as a gift for the despot's wife. The young pair's all-consuming love can only bring shame and peril upon them, from both sides. Those in power will do anything to quell it. But Lydia and Chang are powerless to end it.



message 5: by Beth (new)

Beth Larabee | 52 comments This has been on my to be read list for awhile....

Driving with Dead People
by Monica Holloway

From Barnes and noble....

Synopsis
Small wonder that, at nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. With a father who drives his Ford pickup with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children, Monica is primed to become a morbid child.

Yet in spite of her father's bouts of violence and abuse, her mother's selfishness and prim denial, and her siblings' personal battles and betrayals, Monica never succumbs to despair. Instead, she forges her own way, thriving at school and becoming fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician.

She and Julie prefer the casket showroom, where they take turns lying in their favorite coffins, to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies at the airport, yet even Monica's growing independence can't protect her from her parents' irresponsibility, and from the feeling that she simply does not deserve to be safe. Little does she know, as she finally strikes out on her own, that her parents' biggest betrayal has yet to be revealed.

Throughout this remarkable memoir of her dysfunctional, eccentric, and wholly unforgettable family, Monica Holloway's prose shines with humor, clear-eyed grace, and an uncommon sense of resilience. Driving with Dead People is an extraordinary real-life tale with a wonderfully observant and resourceful heroine



message 6: by Holli (new)

Holli Beth.....that sounds really good too!!!! :)


message 7: by April (new)

April (contusions96) My suggestion is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


message 8: by Bloomin’Chick (Jo) aka The Eclectic Spoonie (last edited Jul 01, 2008 01:58PM) (new)

Bloomin’Chick (Jo) aka The Eclectic Spoonie (bloominchick) Since I'll be away as of tomorrow evening for the 4th of July wkend (hopefully since I've been sick!), here are my votes now:

#1~The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming
by Jeannie Ralston

#2~Driving with Dead People
by Monica Holloway


message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily (ejfalke) | 576 comments My nomination would be What is the What by David Eggers. Here is a description from bn.com:

In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia, where he finds safety — for a time. Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation — and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated. In this book, written with expansive humanity and surprising humor, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one indomitable man faces in a world collapsing around him.


message 10: by Sandy (last edited Jul 04, 2008 12:54AM) (new)

Sandy (sandila) | 75 comments I'm nominating The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of Meg Waite Clayton’s beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family.

For thirty-five years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967. These “Wednesday Sisters” seem to have little in common: Frankie is a timid transplant from Chicago, brutally blunt Linda is a remarkable athlete, Kath is a Kentucky debutante, quiet Ally has a secret, and quirky, ultra-intelligent Brett wears little white gloves with her miniskirts. But they are bonded by a shared love of both literature–Fitzgerald, Eliot, Austen, du Maurier, Plath, and Dickens–and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year.

As the years roll on and their children grow, the quintet forms a writers circle to express their hopes and dreams through poems, stories, and, eventually, books. Along the way, they experience history in the making: Vietnam, the race for the moon, and a women’s movement that challenges everything they have ever thought about themselves, while at the same time supporting one another through changes in their personal lives brought on by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success.

Humorous and moving, The Wednesday Sisters is a literary feast for book lovers that earns a place among those popular works that honor the joyful, mysterious,unbreakable bonds between friends.




message 11: by Holli (new)

Holli When are we voting for this Tera? Lots of great books to choose from that's for sure!!


message 12: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) how about a book by Jodi Picoult? Mercy?


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