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Book Suggestions June 16, 2006

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36 Responses to “Book Suggestions”

  1. M Says:

    for posterity (since I emailed it in with my last vote)

    Snow in August by Pete Hamill (I think that’s the correct spelling of his last name)

  2. cobookclub Says:

    On behalf of misc, since she is too busy to post…

    Madame Bovary

  3. Kathy Malone Says:

    This is a wonderful book! It has great characters and a great story. I couldn’t put it down. The Sherpa culture is beautifully woved into the story. I learned so much about this small tribe that makes expeditions to Everest possible. A good read for both men and women because it has something for everyone.

  4. Inspector Love Says:

    Hello, everyone. I look forward to meeting you soon. In the meantime, I have two books to recommend by Jonathan Safran Foer. He wrote Everything is Illuminated, which was turned into a movie. I enjoyed the movie, but have not read the book.

    Also, he has a new book called Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

    I’d be interested in reading either book.

  5. Inspector Love Says:

    Okay, I have two more… I’ve been spending too much time in book stores!

    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

    “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.” This is the first sentence.

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    “In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. “

  6. Shanda Says:

    I’ve never read these, so I’m looking for some input:
    Has anybody read The Time Traveller’s Wife? If so, would it make a good bc book?

    Also, I’ve never read anything by Ian McEwan. Would any of his books make for good bc books?

  7. Inspector Love Says:

    The Time Traveller’s Wife is a great book. My last BC read it before I was a member and, overall, it received a positive response. I read it after they recommended it. I would love to re-read it and actually have a discussion about it.

    I haven’t read anything by Ian McEwan. According to the Tattered Cover’s Recommended Readings for Book Clubs, “Ian McEwan’s last novel, Atonement, was a favorite of book clubs and acclaimed all over the world…” It goes on to recommend his new novel, Saturday, too.

  8. Misty Says:

    Lookoing at your website, and you guys like to fight ALOT. Im gonna love it. As for the book Into The Wild. It was, amazing, to say the least, but my taste is a bit funny.

  9. M Says:

    I have (unread) copies of both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Time Traveler’s Wife. I’d be fine with us reading either of those 🙂

    Since I put my original comment in before you asked for excerpts, here is the publisher’s note on Snow in August: Set in a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood in 1947, this poignant tale revolves around two of the most endearing characters in recent fiction: an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague. From their initial chance encounter in a swirling blizzard one Saturday morning to the mute awe they share at first setting eyes on the hallowed grounds of Ebbets Field, Hamill brings to life the richness and complexity of this most remarkable friendship. For Michael, the rabbi’s stories of ancient magic and wisdom captivate his imagination and transport him to times and places even his beloved comic book heroes have never visited. For the rabbi, Michael’s patient instruction on the language of baseball and American culture opens up an equally strange and magical world.

    I’d love to read C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Bummer that the publisher’s note on is so lame:

    C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil.

    Do you think there might be any interest in Elie Wiesel’s Night? From the publisher:

    A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel
    Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

    Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

    Is this too random? Roots by Alex Haley. The publisher (!) considers it a modern classic:

    This “bold…extraordinary…blockbuster…” (Newsweek magazine) begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley’s own family tree.

    When Alex Haley was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called “the African” who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex Haley spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of “the African”—Kunta Kinte, as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.

    While Haley created certain unknown details of his family history, ROOTS is definitely based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people—slaves and freedmen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, teacher—and one acclaimed author—descended from Kunte Kinte. But with this book, Haley did more than recapture the history of his own family. He popularized genealogy for people of all races and colors; and in so doing, wrote one of the most important and beloved books of all time, a true Modern Classic.

    That’s all for now. More later.

  10. I justt met with the Arno Book Club in Denver that has been in existence since 1925. They loved my presentation and are encouraging me to meet with other book groups. I offer a slide show about the Sherpa culture of Nepal and read short selections that relate to the slides.

    Beyond the Summit is the first fiction about this amazing tribe that makes climbing Everest possible. The book offers a lot of detail about the culture and religion interwoven in a tale of high adventure and romance.Please visit my web site for reviews of the book, excerpts, and sample slides.

  11. Miranda Anderson Says:

    Since I was talked into this…

    This book is actually my favorite book: The River Why, David James Duncan. It is a great story about (as the back of the book says) a story of one man’s search: for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live. I also think the author has a beautiful writing style.

    However, there are a lot of references to fishing, which may bore some people, and I’m not sure if it would be a good book club book. But it is an awesome book, and like I said, my favorite book.

    Miranda Anderson

  12. Hello cobookclub readers,
    I found you on the Readers’ Circle site and wanted to ask if you are interested in discovering new authors. I am one of three founding members of an author’s publishing collective. Since we started in 2005 we’ve published 8 titles by seven authors from five states. Seven are literary fiction and one a memoir that reads with the lyricism and suspense of a novel. Three of our five living authors reside here in Colorado and are available to meet with bookclubs (as long as the door opens) in the greater Denver area. All our titles are available through the Denver Public library or can be purchased at the Tattered Cover or other bookstores at very reasonable prices. Please visit our site at and let me know what you think. Thanks. Sandy Sanchez
    P.S Tattered Cover did in fact recommend my novel, Stillbird, for bookclubs and the one I met with recently seemed to be extremely interested and moved by it. They gave me insights into my own work which is a wonderful experience for an author.

  13. Kylle Says:

    Thank you for your suggestions. We will be picking new selections in the next month and I will let everyone know about your offer.

    Thank you!

  14. Matt Says:

    Paradise Lost. Either the John Milton original version or the Joseph Lanzara novelized version.

    Grendel by John Gardner

  15. Matt Says:

    And if The Great Divorce goes over well, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  16. shanda Says:

    These are some of the books I’ve been thinking about reading/rereading. If anyone else is interested in any maybe a couple would work for BC
    1. Emma
    2. Son of a Witch
    3. The Chosen
    4. Blink
    5. Devil in the White City
    6. On The Road
    7. Suite Française
    8. Water for Elephants
    9. The Maytrees (coming in June 2007) – This is Annie Dillard’s first novel. I’d be interested to see what it’s like and/or if the novel format is any more appealing to M:)

  17. the prof Says:

    i was under the impression that “the living” published in ’93, was her first novel. but yeah, i’d be interested in reading this one.

  18. Matt Says:

    Sounds good Shanda, maybe it’s a different Annie Dillard, if it isn’t, she goes back to 88 with “American Childhood” or “Living with Fiction”

  19. the prof Says:

    there is only one annie dillard, and matt the two books you mentioned are non-fiction, much like most of dillard’s works

  20. Kylle Says:

    Why so argumentative? Annie would tell you to ditch your negativity and watch a flock of birds…or smoke a cigarette and start a forest fire.

  21. theprof Says:

    i definitely need a cig, but quit again 3 weeks ago, so i’ll just start a forest fire.

    i didn’t mean to be mean, just brief

  22. Inspector Love Says:

    “Bukowski, Bukowski, Bukowski. Everybody hates Bukowski.”

    So said Charles Bukowski. I’ve never read anything by this iconic and controversial poet/novelist. However, I was at the Tattered Cover the other day and saw “Post Office” as one of the staff picks. So, I bought it… Should be an easy, short, provocative read.

    By the way, the TC had a table of recommended books for Book Clubs… guess what was there? Oh, yes, Shantaram.

    Don’t worry your pretty little heads, I’m going to recommend it to my other BC and we can take it off our list since no one but me wants to give it a go. (Yes, I’m feeling snarky today).

  23. Inspector Love Says:

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

  24. Inspector Love Says:

    Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

  25. shanda Says:

    We talked about this at BC…but I thought I’d make it official.

    ..A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (who wrote Kite Runner)

    ..The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (or we could read another of Chabon’s for BC if anyone has a favorite).

  26. shanda Says:

    I’ve been hearing good things about Milan Kundera lately…who I’ve never read before. And I would also again be interested in reading some Ian McEwan…maybe someone has read his or would be interested in reading a specific selection.

  27. Kelly Says:

    A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

  28. Mr. Barrieau Says:

    I suggest the ‘Night Watch’ trilogy, starting with
    there you go Sam.

  29. Walkman Says:

    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Haddon)
    WALDEN (Dolan)
    Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury)

  30. Inspector Love Says:

    The vampire book I was thinking of is called, “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson. Other vampire books: anything by Anne Rice and I enjoyed “The Historian”.

    Also, my friend recommended “The Golden Compass” by Phillip Pullman.

    “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. I heard an interview on Fresh Air with the author and I really want to read this book.

    “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen.

  31. Inspector Love Says:

    This is another Vampire book that looks interesting:

    Fledgling by Ocatvia E. Butler

    It looks like a mix of sci-fi and horror.

  32. Ant Says:

    Please let’s add a Jane Austen to the list for next time. Mansfield Park (as suggested above by IL) is fine, or Emma, or Persuasion … I’d say P&P too, but I’ve read that about 20 times and would like to read another of hers.

  33. cobookclub Says:

    Just so everyone isn’t befuddled by IL sudden interest in vampires, Kelly has requested a vampire book in our next selection 🙂

  34. Inspector Love Says:

    Yeah and we discussed branching out to some other genres. Also, we’re trying to find more uplifting books rather than depressing ones.

  35. Kylle Says:

    Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer

  36. Shanda Says:

    Here are a few I’d be interested in for the next cycle…obviously not all need to be on the list. I just thought I’d post to see if anybody else was interested

    Golden Compass – Phillip Pullman
    anything by Nick Hornby, Phillip Roth or John Updike
    Atonement – Ian McEwan
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
    White Noise – Don DeLillo (or any of his books)
    History of Love – Nicole Krauss
    Emma – Jane Austen

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