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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Have any ideas of books you would like the club to read? If so, post them here! We will vote on them at our meetings to pick a new book (people can also bring other suggestions to meetings)

General Guidelines: book should be available in paperback, book should be no longer than about 400 pages

See last years thread for this here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 2: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments Well...admittedly I don't have the best track record with suggesting books for book club. But 2011 will be different! I can feel it! And I've heard all good things about Breakfast with Buddha. It looks pretty funny and is available in paperback.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/73...


message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 133 comments i'd like to read "last night in twisted river" by john irving. i just checked, and it is avail in paperback.


message 5: by Nancy (last edited Jan 21, 2011 04:08AM) (new)


message 7: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 133 comments Cost looks great...always love the co-existence of heroin addiction and alzheimer's


message 8: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Yes, it has been on my list for awhile. Figured I would suggest it here.


message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Another one, just out in paperback...

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


message 10: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 492 comments Mod
I've been wanting to read that one, so glad it's finally in paperback!


message 11: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 133 comments a visit from the goon squad sounds lovely.


message 12: by Joanie (last edited Apr 05, 2011 12:28PM) (new)

Joanie | 492 comments Mod
I keep forgetting to suggest Moloka'i, it's been on my list for awhile. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert


message 13: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Moloka'i sounds good! Here are a few more recently released paperbacks:


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli


message 14: by Nancy (last edited Apr 16, 2011 10:45AM) (new)

Nancy (nancy_m) | 39 comments Since someone mentioned him in another thread, how about
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments


message 15: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 492 comments Mod
I am clearly losing my mind. I went to add The Kitchen House to by "to-read" list and lo and behold, it was already there! Apparently I added it in April of 2010. Scary!


message 16: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments I keep on picking up "Henrietta Lacks" at the airport but not buying it. I would love to make that a book club book at some point.


message 17: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 59 comments It's available in Paperback, though a bit longer than 400 pages. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.


message 18: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Welcome to the group, Jackie! And thanks for the suggestion. The Book Thief is a great book. :)


message 19: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 59 comments No problem.


message 20: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
After this month's meeting we are all out of book selections! So if you have any ideas for our September or beyond book, please post away! we can review the list and select our future reads at our next meeting. :)


message 21: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments OK, I'm not going to lie. All of these suggestions are the result of my friend Ellen's Cambridge-based book club. These are the books they read (that we haven't read) in 2010 and 2011. I'd be down for just about any of these, even the ones that I've marked as rather dubious for my taste.

The Optimist's Daughter

The Witches of Eastwick

Wait Till Next Year
(I'm not so sure about this one. I don't generally read autobiographies.)

Moloka'i

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Netherland
(Sounds kind of depressing.)

Broken: A Love Story
(Sounds like a Lifetime movie)

Homer & Langley

The Finkler Question


message 22: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments Speaking of John Updike, I never got around to reading his Rabbit, Run and I happen to have Brazil at home. You know, in case it comes up.


message 23: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 127 comments There isn't much on my "To Read" list that I didn't steal from other book club members, but here are the few:
Raising Demons

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Invisible Monsters


message 24: by Megan (new)

Megan Briel (mkatebriel) | 4 comments A friend of mine recently recommended Russian Winter

Russian Winter

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Winter-...

This was on my "to read" list. :)


message 26: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 492 comments Mod
I have both Seductive Poison and Lit and home and have been wanting to read both. Also I think Left Neglected is out in paperback now. It's by Lisa Genova who also wrote Still Alice

I won't be at book club 8/28-let me know what's up next!


message 27: by Jessica (last edited Aug 29, 2011 10:42AM) (new)


message 28: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 492 comments Mod
You forgot Left Neglected by Lisa Genova! (Unless you left it off on purpose because you think it sucks in which case never mind!)

Dracula and Frankenstein got me thinking about Halloween reads. How about

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

or

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski


message 29: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
oops. I will add those later... I didn't mean to miss anything, goodreads started freaking out on me so I was afraid to continue editing.


message 30: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 59 comments When will we know about the next book choice?


message 31: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Those who attend the next meeting on Monday September 5th will vote on the next book(s). It will be posted here sometime Monday afternoon.


message 32: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 59 comments Great, thanks! I'm hoping to be able to attend the October meeting!


message 33: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Next 4 books have been selected!

September 25th meeting: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

October 30th meeting: going for a monsterish read to get in the mood for the Halloween season!

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk


November 27th meeting:

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Not having a December meeting due to business of holidays and giving us more time to read a longer book for January....

January 29 2012 meeting:

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


message 34: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 22 comments I wanted to suggest "The Lotus Eaters" to the list... got that in paperback about a month ago and haven't read it yet, I think it looks really good =0)


message 35: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
You have quite a few good books on your list there, Scott. A few of them are actually previous selections for this book club (In the Woods, Her Fearful Symmetry) and I've read a bunch of the others.

Lisa-- Lotus Eaters does look like an interesting book.

All-- we should probably start shaping this list up to start an "Ideas for 2012 Book Club Choices" topic. So if there are any books mentioned in this topic that you still would like to read please mention them here and sometime over the next month or so we can create the 2012 topic and seed it with the "best of" remainders from this one!


message 36: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nancy_m) | 39 comments This just came out in hardcover but when it comes out in paperback, I'd like to read

Maman's Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1110 comments Mod
Nancy, that's on my to-read shelf too.

Of as yet unselected books on our list in this thread, the ones I would be interested in seeing stay on our possible choices list for 2012 are:

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson

Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple by Deborah Layton

Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day – Winifred Watson


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