October 31, 2014

Bruce Springsteen's Taste in Books

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.
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 27, 2014

Our slate for 2014-2015

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 23The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman - Kerry - 23

March 23:  The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien - Connie - 49

April 27Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan - Suzanne - 19/34

June 1:  Lord of the Flies, William Golding - Kathy - 23 (classics round)

June 29Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson - Katherine - 43

July 27Bring 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!!!!!

Also pitched:

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

October 12, 2014


We'll meet at Kerry's on Oct. 27 to pick books!  See what people are thinking about pitching in the post below.