Wednesday, June 20, 2007

September book club pick


We need some suggestions for our next book so we can discuss at our July meeting. Please post suggestions on the comments section of this post!


Danielle said...

My girlfriend in Chicago said her book club read the following books that were on Oprah's book club list:
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
She said they were good discussion books. Just a thought...

Troye said...

I have read She's Come Undone, and it is great. It is pretty heavy subject matter and I am pretty sure that his other books are as well. It could definitely make for great discussion.

Troye said...

Here are a few other chick lit selections. I added descriptions as well. I have not read any of these, but they sound okay...

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
The summer season is just beginning on Nantucket when three women arrive at the local airport burdened with small children and unwieldy straw hats, all trying to escape from something. Josh, a local boy visiting home for the summer, observes their arrival with more than casual interest. The women — two sisters and one friend — make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage to confront their pasts and map out their futures. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more.

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
The Matrix meets Interview with the Vampire in this sexy gothic thriller about two beautiful witch sisters and the love triangle that consumes the information thief who is drawn into their intrigues.

Watermelon by Marian Keyes
February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.

Open House by Elizabeth Berg
Oprah Book Club® Selection, August 2000: The narrator of Elizabeth Berg's Open House calls divorce "a series of internal earthquakes ... one after the other." She ought to know. Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise.

The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
A wickedly funny fairy tale for modern women from Sarah Strohmeyer,the “laugh- out-loud funny” (Washington Post Book World) author of The Cinderella Pact and The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives.
“Opening a book by Sarah Strohmeyer is like opening a box of chocolates – sweet, nutty, and absolutely irresistible.” —Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
This Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her "fabulous" new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?

Here are descriptions for the two Wally Lamb books as well:

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1997: "Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Dominick Birdsey learns about his family and himself in I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, Wally Lamb's epic novel that centers on two men, identical twins, one of whom is mentally ill.

A whopping 897 pages (the trade paper back version), this book goes into great detail the life story of Dominick Birdsey, his paranoid schizoid brother Thomas, their timid mother and their grandfather who started his life in Italy.

Sorry it is so long, but there you go...
In joy!

Michelle said...

My mom just gave me The Cotton Queen by Pamela Morsi. She said it was good. The new york times said that " a story of love and strengh, of a woman finding her way back to herself, back to her family." I haven't started it yet, so I make no promises.

Joelma Soares-Sambdman said...

Here I am daring to make a suggestion LOL ...
How about — The Book of Laughter and Forgetting — by Milan Kundera. Not a new publication so many of you might have read it already since the English copyright is of 1996. But it's a classic!!! Or so I read that it is :-) I really don't know. Written in 1978 by an author that many don't remember but will always recognize in reference to "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" ( New English Copyright 2000, made into a movie as well )

I must have read this in the 80 s because my mother had my copy back home in Brazil and she recently suggested I read it again since I am trying to put a lot of "life" into perspective. Here are some comments I "stole" online:

"It takes so little, so infinitely little, for a person to cross the border beyond which everything loses meaning: love, convictions, faith, history. Human life--and herein lies its secret--takes place in the immediate proximity of that border, even in direct contact with it; it is not miles away, but a fraction of an inch."

"It's fun to read Kundera, and this book is no exception. There are several different parts in it which relate to politics, ego, miscommunication and sex. He knows so much, it's humbling..."

"I get the sense that Milan Kundera would be a fun person to have a beer or six with. And then I wouldn't have to read his novels because I would know what he thought about everything."

I don't think I'll ever meet him but it would be nice to read his books and hear a speech from him one day, in person. :-)