These authors [Flannery O’Connor; James M. Cain; John Cheever; Sherwood Anderson; and Jim Thompson] contributed greatly to the turn my music took around 1978-82. They brought out a sense of geography and the dark strain in my writing, broadened my horizons about what might be accomplished with a pop song and are still the cornerstone literally for what I try to accomplish today.
October 31, 2014
This has nothing to do with our book club. This is a NYTimes story about what Bruce Springsteen likes to read. He's got fabulous taste, so I'm putting the books/authors I haven't already read on my "to-read" list. How mind-blowing is this: Flannery O'Connor is a prime influence on his music-writing.
October 27, 2014
Nov. 24 at Karen's: Still Alice, Lisa Genova (also a movie starring Julianne Moore) - Katherine - 24
January 5: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler - Suzanne - 32
January 26: Ru, Kim Thuy - Kerry - 23
February 23: The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman - Kerry - 23
March 23: The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien - Connie - 49
April 27: Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan - Suzanne - 19/34
June 1: Lord of the Flies, William Golding - Kathy - 23 (classics round)
June 29: Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson - Katherine - 43
July 27: Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel - Steph - 25
August 24: Stoner, John Williams - Steph - 32
September 28: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith - Ruth - 22 (classics round)/26
October 26: BOOK PICKING NIGHT!!!!!
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque - Julie - 20/4
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou - Susan - 7/3
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner - Steph - 15/9
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marques - Julie - 13/5
The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht - Julie - 19/17
Voodoo Dreams, Jewel Parker Rhodes - Ruth - 17/14
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin - Karen - 14/13
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson - Susan - 11/21
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson - pitched and simultaneously disavowed by Kathy - 2
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd - Susan - 3
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh - Connie - 4
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt - Suzanne - 7
Mentioned, not pitched
The Partisan's Daughter, Louis de Bernieres - Kerry
Doc, Mary Doria Russell - Kerry
Decisions for how we'll operate for the coming year
- We'll start talking about the book at 6:50. Karen will be our primary clock-watcher.
- Ghost-leaving is completely acceptable behavior.
- We'll all aspire to come to meetings with a question or a quote or some other contribution for the discussion each time.
- If you cannot make it, please RSVP to the host