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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
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Billed as a comedic novel, which it is, but has a serious and rather tragic underpinning. There is an abandoned career and consequences thereof which are no joke. The epistolary format requires some suspension of disbelief, as long and detailed email ...more
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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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So much has been written about this book -- Hemingway's first real novel -- that there's no need for me to say much. Three observations will suffice. First, The Sun Also Rises is justly famous for its "modernity" and probably also a victim of its ow ...more
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Fountain City by Michael Chabon
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The first four chapters of the never-completed novel "Fountain City," annotated by Chabon with an eye to the writing process and learning where it went wrong. This was to be the followup to Mysteries of Pittsburgh, but it ballooned to over a thousan ...more
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The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
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Framed as a mystery, but more of a study of characters and small-town French society in the 1920s. The main character, the detective Maigret, is inscrutable here. He seems to be completely passive, merely an observer, until the final scene, a standar ...more
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This is a place for people who love Africa and a way, therefore, of sharing great African reads. To do this, we operate the Tour d'Afrique, which take ...more
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Current banner photo : Hagia Sophia, Turkey 2001 This group is for those who enjoy reading books written by those who originate from the Middle East/N ...more
59349 Reading the Classics — 4079 members — last activity Jun 26, 2017 04:32PM
This is a group for people who want to read the classics and discuss them as a group. Each month we will choose as a group a book to read. Everyone is ...more
43976 The Novella Club — 705 members — last activity Sep 17, 2017 08:18AM
A book group devoted to reading and discussing novellas (one a month). Definition of NOVELLA 1) plural novelle : a story with a compact and pointed pl ...more
25x33 Short Story lovers — 393 members — last activity Aug 23, 2017 07:17AM
For people who especially love short stories, and don't care who knows it!
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