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Archive for May, 2009

Thu, May 21st, 2009
Pack the Sunscreen and the Tome
Posted by: admin

  Though when we think of summer and books the term “beach read” generally comes to mind,  New York magazine  recently proposed a mix of  nonfiction and “a few realistic novels” in “What to Read This Summer.”  Here are the suggestions:       May The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky Dark Places by […]


Mon, May 18th, 2009
And When Do We Eat?
Posted by: admin

Check out the May 25 New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs column, “Book Club,”  by Ann Hodgman, providing discussion questions for book group members who have not read the book.


Sun, May 17th, 2009
Go with Doctors Without Borders into War-Torn Afghanistan
Posted by: admin

  In fifty years of reading, I don’t remember ever encountering a book quite like The Photographer. Which is why I’m choosing it as the June book club selection for the University Book Store in Seattle.   It’s an oversize, gorgeously-colored, imitation graphic memoir of twenty-nine-year-old French photographer Didier Lefevre’s three-month journey on foot in […]


Sun, May 17th, 2009
TO YOUNG ADULT OR NOT TO
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

    Back on May 1st, I told the tale of how the young adult novel Jemmy by Jon Hassler was selected to be our Greendale Reads title.  We had 25 adults show up for a lively discussion on this title but we had to wait a few weeks to see how the young adults […]


Sun, May 17th, 2009
Secret Son
Posted by: Misha Stone

Laila Lalami’s Secret Son is destined to become a book group mainstay. It’s elegantly written, complex, told from multiple perspectives and captures the political corruption and the gulf between the haves and have-nots in contemporary Morocco. Youssef El Mekki has lived with his mother in a one-room house in the slums of Casablanca all of […]


Sun, May 17th, 2009
Uncle Stevie knows best
Posted by: Kaite Stover

I want Stephen King to join my book group. At the very least,  I want him to assist in selections.  His short list of summer reading from the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly has more than a few gems suitable for summer discussions. Thoughtful and compelling titles that will generate conversation but keep that […]


Sat, May 16th, 2009
Discussing Literary Fiction
Posted by: Ted Balcom

The latest endeavor of the Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT) here in Illinois is a quarterly literary fiction book discussion organized by two members of the Steering Committee for the enjoyment and enlightenment of any of ARRT’s 100+ members who may care to participate.  You guessed it   – I’m one of the two organizers, and I actually […]


Fri, May 15th, 2009
Why Am I Reading This? Why Can't I Stop?
Posted by: admin

  I swore I’d never read another ghost story. Since 9/11, actually, I notice that I only read realistic fiction. Fantasy no longer interests me. And I certainly don’t have time to be reading novels that are nearly 500 pages long. I don’t have time to plow through 400 pages and then discover myself facing […]


Wed, May 13th, 2009
Book Group Blahs
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I’ve been staring at the empty white monitor so long that when I close my eyes, I still see the cursor blinking. I just caught myself making motorboat noises by running my finger over my lips. This is particularly unhygienic business when one has a spring cold, in particular a left nostril that seems newly attached to some deep […]


Wed, May 13th, 2009
CAN YOU GO HOME AGAIN?
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

    Years (ok:  decades) ago I used to read a lot of science fiction.  I will never claim that I was all that enamored with the science, but I loved the fiction.  A good story must have an adventure mixed with a sense of wonder and let the science fall where it may, as […]





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